Ontario’s Ombudsman says some Ontario councils still meet and vote in secret. Andre Marin’s latest report says the majority of councils follow the rules on open meetings, but he says there are some that are “shockingly secretive, suspicious and resentful of the very idea they can be investigated”. Meantime, complaints involving three area communities were filed between April 1st, 2011 and August 31st, 2012 — including 2 for Powassan, 1 for Mattawa and 3 for Magnetawan. No violations were found and no suggested best practices were given. North Bay is not one of the cities the Ombudsman handles complaints for, involving closed-door meetings. They use the investigator service provided by the Local Authority Services branch of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.