Hamilton Justice orders transcripts from video be provided to lawyers of councillors Farr and Whitehead

News May 27, 2016 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Stoney Creek resident Vivian Saunders was ordered to provide a transcript of a video taken by independent journalist Joey Coleman of an election compliance audit committee meeting involving Hamilton councillors Terry Whitehead and Jason Farr be made and provided to the councillors’ lawyers.

Saunders appealed to the audit committee in January requesting the members examine Whitehead and Farr’s supplementary campaign expense documents from the 2014 municipal election. Saunders argued there were a number of irregularities contained in both councillors’ expense documents.  The Stoney Creek resident questioned among other things Whitehead and Farr’s  exceeding the maximum campaign spending limits; failing to file a complete campaign election document by the deadline; failing to return contributions from people or businesses that exceeded contribution limits, undeclared rent expenses; operating a campaign website beyond the election period, and incurring election expenses outside of the election campaign period.

The audit committee in January 2015 rejected Saunders’ arguments after two hours of deliberations.  Saunders’ appeal involved the politicians’ financial documentation from Jan. 1 2015 to June 30, 2015.

Ontario Court Justice Fredrick Campling in a surprise move May 27, ordered Saunders to provide the transcript from Coleman’s video of the committee meeting to the councillors’ representatives.  Saunders had submitted to court that the minutes from the city’s committee meeting contained errors and Coleman’s video of the proceedings provided a more accurate presentation of what occurred.

Coleman said in an interview his video is available for the public to use. In the past Coleman says he has appeared in Ontario Municipal Board hearings to provide evidence based upon the video that he shot of the various committee meetings he attends. Coleman videotapes all of Hamilton council and committee meetings.

“I’m quite happy to have the video used,” said Coleman. “It provides an accurate reflection of what happened.”

Saunders and her lawyer will be required to transcribe what occurred in the video of the committee meeting involving Farr and Whitehead.

Campling said Saunders and her lawyer, Eric Gillespie, who was not present for the May 27 court date, will have to provide transcripts of the video to representatives of Farr, Whitehead and the City of Hamilton prior to the next hearing.

The next court date has been set for July 6 to determine the length of the proceeding.

Hamilton Justice orders transcripts from video be provided to lawyers of councillors Farr and Whitehead

News May 27, 2016 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Stoney Creek resident Vivian Saunders was ordered to provide a transcript of a video taken by independent journalist Joey Coleman of an election compliance audit committee meeting involving Hamilton councillors Terry Whitehead and Jason Farr be made and provided to the councillors’ lawyers.

Saunders appealed to the audit committee in January requesting the members examine Whitehead and Farr’s supplementary campaign expense documents from the 2014 municipal election. Saunders argued there were a number of irregularities contained in both councillors’ expense documents.  The Stoney Creek resident questioned among other things Whitehead and Farr’s  exceeding the maximum campaign spending limits; failing to file a complete campaign election document by the deadline; failing to return contributions from people or businesses that exceeded contribution limits, undeclared rent expenses; operating a campaign website beyond the election period, and incurring election expenses outside of the election campaign period.

The audit committee in January 2015 rejected Saunders’ arguments after two hours of deliberations.  Saunders’ appeal involved the politicians’ financial documentation from Jan. 1 2015 to June 30, 2015.

Ontario Court Justice Fredrick Campling in a surprise move May 27, ordered Saunders to provide the transcript from Coleman’s video of the committee meeting to the councillors’ representatives.  Saunders had submitted to court that the minutes from the city’s committee meeting contained errors and Coleman’s video of the proceedings provided a more accurate presentation of what occurred.

Coleman said in an interview his video is available for the public to use. In the past Coleman says he has appeared in Ontario Municipal Board hearings to provide evidence based upon the video that he shot of the various committee meetings he attends. Coleman videotapes all of Hamilton council and committee meetings.

“I’m quite happy to have the video used,” said Coleman. “It provides an accurate reflection of what happened.”

Saunders and her lawyer will be required to transcribe what occurred in the video of the committee meeting involving Farr and Whitehead.

Campling said Saunders and her lawyer, Eric Gillespie, who was not present for the May 27 court date, will have to provide transcripts of the video to representatives of Farr, Whitehead and the City of Hamilton prior to the next hearing.

The next court date has been set for July 6 to determine the length of the proceeding.

Hamilton Justice orders transcripts from video be provided to lawyers of councillors Farr and Whitehead

News May 27, 2016 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Stoney Creek resident Vivian Saunders was ordered to provide a transcript of a video taken by independent journalist Joey Coleman of an election compliance audit committee meeting involving Hamilton councillors Terry Whitehead and Jason Farr be made and provided to the councillors’ lawyers.

Saunders appealed to the audit committee in January requesting the members examine Whitehead and Farr’s supplementary campaign expense documents from the 2014 municipal election. Saunders argued there were a number of irregularities contained in both councillors’ expense documents.  The Stoney Creek resident questioned among other things Whitehead and Farr’s  exceeding the maximum campaign spending limits; failing to file a complete campaign election document by the deadline; failing to return contributions from people or businesses that exceeded contribution limits, undeclared rent expenses; operating a campaign website beyond the election period, and incurring election expenses outside of the election campaign period.

The audit committee in January 2015 rejected Saunders’ arguments after two hours of deliberations.  Saunders’ appeal involved the politicians’ financial documentation from Jan. 1 2015 to June 30, 2015.

Ontario Court Justice Fredrick Campling in a surprise move May 27, ordered Saunders to provide the transcript from Coleman’s video of the committee meeting to the councillors’ representatives.  Saunders had submitted to court that the minutes from the city’s committee meeting contained errors and Coleman’s video of the proceedings provided a more accurate presentation of what occurred.

Coleman said in an interview his video is available for the public to use. In the past Coleman says he has appeared in Ontario Municipal Board hearings to provide evidence based upon the video that he shot of the various committee meetings he attends. Coleman videotapes all of Hamilton council and committee meetings.

“I’m quite happy to have the video used,” said Coleman. “It provides an accurate reflection of what happened.”

Saunders and her lawyer will be required to transcribe what occurred in the video of the committee meeting involving Farr and Whitehead.

Campling said Saunders and her lawyer, Eric Gillespie, who was not present for the May 27 court date, will have to provide transcripts of the video to representatives of Farr, Whitehead and the City of Hamilton prior to the next hearing.

The next court date has been set for July 6 to determine the length of the proceeding.