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Update July 10, 2019

The public hearings for Part 1 of the Inquiry concluded on June 28, 2019. Part 1 dealt with the 50% share sale of Collus to PowerStream Inc. The Participants' closing submissions for Part 1 are due August 31, 2019. These submissions will then be posted online.

The public hearings for Part 2 will begin on September 11, 2019. Part 2 deals with the allocation of the share sale proceeds for recreational facilities at Central Park and Heritage Park, as well as any fees or benefits paid to any person or entity involved in the creation of these facilities.

Inquiry Counsel will prepare the Foundation Document for Part 2 over the summer. After the Participants for Part 2 have had the opportunity to review a confidential draft of the Foundation Document, a public version will be posted online in advance of the Part 2 hearings.

Following Part 2, there will be hearings with experts in municipal governance and related areas. These hearings will take less time than either Part 1 or Part 2.

Update June 4, 2019

Mr. Houghton's application that his evidence be led by his own counsel has been granted.

Update May 30, 2019

Edwin Houghton has brought an application requesting that his evidence before the Inquiry be led by his own counsel, Frederick W. Chenoweth. A copy of Mr. Houghton’s application is available here.

Commission Counsel usually lead the evidence of a witness, who is then questioned by the other participants. However, under the rules of the Inquiry, a witness may request to have their own counsel lead them through their testimony. Mr. Houghton has made that request to the judge. Following his testimony, he would be cross-examined by Commission Counsel and lawyers for other participants.

Update May 30, 2019

Starting today, the public hearings will start at 9 a.m. except for Mondays when they will start at 10 a.m.

Update May 24, 2019

In the interests of efficiency, Inquiry Counsel will be leading the evidence of several witnesses through affidavits. The affidavits will be posted to the Inquiry website. Participants will have the opportunity to examine any witness who swears an affidavit at the hearing. The use of affidavits will reduce hearing time while preserving the Participants’ rights to ask questions before Justice Marrocco.

The following affidavits are now available:

Pam Hogg
Cindy Shuttleworth
Ralph Neate
Brian MacDonald
Kris Menzies
Marcus Firman
Robert Hull

Update May 13, 2019
Update April 30, 2019

Participants were invited to make opening submissions in writing. The opening submissions the Inquiry received are now posted to the website here.

The Inquiry’s public hearings began on Monday, April 15, 2019. The hearings schedule is available here. The list of anticipated witnesses is available here. These lists are subject to change and will be updated as required.

Update April 12, 2019

The Inquiry’s public hearings will start on Monday, April 15, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hearing schedule and the list of scheduled witnesses are available on this website. They will be updated as required. Seating space for the public in the hearing room is limited. However, the hearings will be carried live by Rogers on cable and the Internet as well as archived. Transcripts will also be available online at the end of each day.

Update April 9, 2019

The Foundation Document – a chronology of events, with links to documents that have been provided to the Inquiry – has now been posted.

Please note that the statements in this Foundation Document have not been tested for the truth of their contents. The contents may be tested, challenged, supplemented, proven false, or discredited through the evidence called and the submissions made at the Inquiry. It will be for the Commissioner to consider all the evidence before ascribing any weight to anything contained in the Foundation Document.

Update March 27, 2019
Update March 17, 2019

John Mather has joined the Inquiry as Associate Counsel. He will fill the role of Kate McGrann, who has become lead counsel following the appointment of Janet Leiper to the Superior Court of Justice. Mr. Mather's biography is here.

Update March 11, 2019

The Collingwood Judicial Inquiry has delivered a confidential draft of Foundation Document 1 to the participants in Part 1 of the Inquiry. The Foundation Document is a chronology of events, with links to documents that have been provided to the Inquiry. The Foundation Document will be posted on the Inquiry website once it is finalized, before the evidence hearings begin. The Foundation Document was created to provide:

  1. meaningful disclosure of the material information produced to the Inquiry to the participants in advance of the hearing;
  2. the participants with the opportunity to make suggestions about additions or changes to the Foundation Document;
  3. a comprehensive public overview of the information disclosed to the Inquiry before the hearings.

The Foundation Document will also provide structure and context for the evidentiary hearings in the context of the large number of documents produced to the Inquiry, the length of time that has passed since the events that are the subject of the Terms of Reference occurred, and the nature of the transactions which the Town of Collingwood asked the Inquiry to examine.

Update March 9, 2019

Lead Inquiry Counsel Janet Leiper has been appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario by the Government of Canada.

The Inquiry judge, Frank N. Marrocco, has named Kate McGrann lead counsel, replacing Justice Leiper.

The Inquiry’s work will continue without interruption.

Update February 26, 2019

The Inquiry has now sent out summonses to those people likely to be called as witnesses during Part I of the Inquiry, which deals with the sale of Collus shares. That part of the inquiry commences April 15, 2019. Issuing summonses is a required legal process. It may be that not all witnesses who receive a summons will be required to testify. For example, in some cases, a witness’s evidence may be received in writing or, as the Inquiry progresses, it may be that a witness is no longer needed to give evidence.

Inquiry Counsel will continue to seek input from the participants in planning the hearings to assure that the hearings are conducted thoroughly and efficiently.

Ruling on Standing and Funding
Transcript of hearing on participation

The Inquiry's public hearings started on April 15, 2019

The Inquiry's public hearings started on April 15, 2019