Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "More Than Defamation":
"Several Councillors in the room claimed afterwards they were unaware the resolution passed gave the town solicitor authority to proceed with litigation."
The resolution contained the following words: to "use any and all means to address potential defamation."
The subject of defamation is a very serious and offensive one and an obvious recourses is litigation, a law suit.
Perhaps the Councillors were being disingenuous, or downright stupid, for their post-meeting utterances.
Deputy Mayor McRoberts is the only one whose comments are credible; Gallo and Granger are not.
As to what the CAO and Town Clerk said by way of contribution during the meeting we don't know, and neither do you, since you were not present.
One must seriously assume that neither of these gentlemen would speak either for or against a lawsuit directed toward residents of the town.
But we DO NOT KNOW sine the matter was a closed session, and therefore confidential.
Which leaves us where?
It leaves you not completely understanding the process.
The two officials in a closed door meeting have the same function they do in an open meeting. They do not speak unless a question relevant to their field is directed to them.
The town solicitor was also in the room. The same rule applies.
Mr. Cooper had already advised Council once verbally and once in writing; Councillors are indemnifiedif they are sued for a decision rendered within their duty and authority as Councillors.
Indemnification does not cover a member of council taking legal action against anyone else.
I did not have to be in the room to know these facts.
I was not in the room because the anonymous comment. severely critical of the Mayor, circulated to Councillors to justify a closed door meeting. Did not.
It was not town business . Using town resources to formally discuss a personal matter is an abuse of public resources .
A clause in the Code of Conduct prohibits that. I could have filed a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner if I believed in the process. I could have filed a complaint after every meeting of that council and produced evidence in an audio-video record. to support it.
It would have been like a game of tic-tac-toe.