New procedures to improve transparency at the MRC

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François Carrier
(tr. AB)

MRC PONTIAC – In an interview after the September MRC meeting, Jane Toller, MRC Pontiac warden, stated that new procedures have been implemented for improving transparency and removing any possible conflict of interest at all MRC meetings, including public meetings and those held internally.

François Carrier
(tr. AB)

MRC PONTIAC – In an interview after the September MRC meeting, Jane Toller, MRC Pontiac warden, stated that new procedures have been implemented for improving transparency and removing any possible conflict of interest at all MRC meetings, including public meetings and those held internally.
Mayors and other MRC personnel will be asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest before any meetings begin; they must then leave the room when that particular topic is discussed. Toller and Winston Sunstrum, mayor of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, left the room during the September 17 meeting, when events were discussed that will take place at their respective businesses.
The changes will also be accompanied by training for elected officials. “In October, we will have training sessions on conflict of interest, not only with the mayors’ council, but also with other employees,” said Toller. She stated it’s important for everyone to understand the new procedures in order for the MRC’s business to be done properly.  “Everyone must be well informed,” she said. The new measures are one way, noted the warden, to ensure the public has more confidence in what happens at the MRC.
According to Toller, every meeting involving the MRC mayors and staff will begin with declarations concerning possible conflicts of interest.