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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Judicial Inquiry Phase 2 Closing Submissions Are In

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

The closing submissions for the second part of the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry are in.

The closing submissions for the second part of the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry are in.

That part of the hearing process focused on the proceeds from the sale of half of Collus to PowerStream in 2012 and the events leading to the build of the Centennial Aquatic Centre and Central Park arena with that money.

The lawyer representing the town of Collingwood in the hearing proceedings put forward a 56 page closing submission.

The counsel says that the town "ignored its own processes, conducted virtually no due diligence, and made a sole source deal with Spring and BLT with no justification."

The report further states that the two companies were given an "improper advantage" through the involvement of then Councillor Rick Lloyd, and consultant Paul Bonwick who is the brother of Sandra Cooper who was mayor at the time.

Former acting town CAO Ed Houghton is also singled out in this statement by lawyers for the town of Collingwood.

The closing statement also says "As with the Collus/PowerStream sale, cronyism played a major role."

The judge in this judicial inquiry is working on his final report which may still take a few months. The judge will deliver his findings, but can't lay any charges or fines. 

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