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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Council Members Speak To Accusations

Wasaga Beach | by Catherine Thompson  

Two members of Wasaga Beach's council have made statements to do with a couple of complaints.

Two members of Wasaga Beach's council have made statements to do with a couple of complaints.

Mayor Nina Bifolchi started this afternoon's (Tuesday) Committee of the Whole meeting by making what she called a transparency disclosure.

She says there has been a formal complaint made with the Integrity Commissioner that she has a conflict of interest to do with the casino coming to town related to her parents' business being near one of the proposed locations.

Bifolchi says there are five potential locations for a casino and that decision will be made by Gateway Casinos. She adds that her parents are in the topsoil and excavation business and should not have to close their doors because she is in office and should not be used to get to her.

Bifolchi says there is no conflict.

Councillor George Watson also told the committee that he has also been accused of having a conflict to do with the casino as he is a real estate agent. He says he has been told by the Integrity Commissioner that he is not in conflict.

As the committee went on to discuss the 2019 draft budget, Mayor Nina Bifolchi pointed out that there was a draft Memorandum Of Understanding to do with a particular location for the casino.

She says the draft MOU was shared with Gateway but not circulated to council members and no direction was given to staff during the last term of council.

The committee has asked for a staff report to get answers.

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