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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Judicial Inquiry Releases Report

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

The Collingwood Judicial Inquiry has released a large report compiled from 440 thousand documents.

The Collingwood Judicial Inquiry has released a large report compiled from 440 thousand documents.

The Foundation Report says that the statements have not been tested for truth of their contents and that the contents may be challenged, proven false, or discredited through the evidence and submissions made at the hearings.

The inquiry hearings start on Monday and will delve further into the circumstances around the decision of the council, in 2012, to sell half of Collus to PowerStream.

The document shows emails that suggest then Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper received advice on decisions she should make as head of the town from her brother Paul Bonwick who was a registered lobbyist.

It also shows that during the 2010-2014 council term, then Councillor Ian Chadwick provided research services about the electricity sector to Paul Bonwick's company, Compenso.

The foundation document also talks about then Executive Director of Public Works, Ed Houghton, being friends with Paul Bonwick and that Bonwick assisted Houghton by advising Mayor Cooper on matters of interest to Collus.

Further emails seem to indicate further involvement by Paul Bonwick in talks with PowerStream and in setting up meetings between the town and the utility company.

But again, nothing has been proven and the purpose of the hearings, which again start on Monday, is to look further into evidence and submissions made.

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