Thunder Bay Council and the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition

Canadian Lakehead Exhibition
Canadian Lakehead Exhibition

City Hall delegation returns from AMO
City Hall

No Drinking at CLE Meetings – Thunder Bay Council

THUNDER BAY – The CLE was front and centre at tonight’s City Council Meeting. Councillor Joe Virdiramo sitting in the chair stated that Council had met in closed session and Council was fully updated on the situation.

Councillor Virdiramo, who is one of the city representatives sitting on the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition Board, along with Councillor Ken Boshcoff stated that due to legal issues related to the situation there would be no further comment being made.

Councillor Ken Boshcoff stated speaking with NetNewsLedger, “As a recognized expert in board governance I have never served on any Board of any organization that served alcohol during business meetings”.

 The issue according to the CLE was the threat of legal action. The CLE released this document to NetNewsledger:

Document released by the CLE regarding the decision to vote a member off the Board
Document released by the CLE regarding the decision to vote a member off the Board

The CLE has maintained that the decision to remove Linda Gambee from the Board of Directors was made over the potential of a law suit from the director.

Gambee who has been a CLE Director maintains that the real reason for her concerns was the open bar at the CLE and Directors after the meetings consuming alcohol, and then driving home.

At issue for the CLE is that the bar operated on the facility combines two issues. First the legal liability that the CLE would assume for any person who had consumed alcohol at the facility would rest with the organization. Second the move to have a bar presents an image of the CLE Board that is not in keeping with the reality of today when it comes to alcohol consumption.

This report will be updated…

James Murray

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