Item - 2011.CC13.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 24, 2011 without amendments.

CC13.4 - Appeals of Access Decisions in Relation to Councillor Records and Retention of Outside Counsel

Decision Type:

City Council Decision

City Council on October 24 and 25, 2011, adopted the following:


1.         City Council authorize the retention of the firm of Heenan Blaikie LLP to provide independent advice and representation from time to time to Members of Council in relation to any proceedings before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario concerning access to records held by a Member of Council; such retainer to be subject to the condition that the City Clerk and the City Solicitor confirm that the proceeding pertains to the individual interests of the Member of Council prior to counsel being retained to provide advice and representation.


2.         City Council authorize the utilization of Account A70001, the Council General Expenses Account, for the payment of external counsel within the financial commitment limit authority for staff.


3.         City Council direct the City Clerk to report yearly, in conjunction with the operating budget process, on the extent and costs of utilization of outside counsel by Members of Council.

Background Information (City Council)

(October 21, 2011) report from the City Clerk and the City Solicitor on Appeals of Access Decisions in Relation to Records of Members of Council and Retention of Outside Counsel (CC13.4)
(October 17, 2011) Report from the City Solicitor - notice of pending report from the City Solicitor and the City Clerk, on Appeals of Access Decisions in Relation to Councillor Records and Retention of Outside Counsel

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-25-2011 10:02 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC13.4 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Source: Toronto City Clerk at