Court rules in favor of City of Orillia in judicial review

The application for judicial review filed by Ward 3 Coun. Jay Fallis against the City and its Integrity Commissioner was dismissed by the Divisional Court. Com. Fallis was ordered to pay legal fees of $7,500 to the city of Orillia.

The City of Orillia has received the decision dated October 12, 2022 from the Superior Court of Justice – Divisional Court. The bench of three members of Backhouse, King, Nishikawa JJ. decided unanimously in favor of the City on the two issues raised by Cons. Fallis in his request.

The cost to the City of Orillia to defend against the judicial review application was approximately $120,000.

The City defended itself against the Councillor’s application for judicial review. Fallis because it violates fundamental principles of law (Section 223.2 of the Municipalities Act) and governance (Council Code of Conduct and Legal Privilege of Council).

Com. Fallis filed for judicial review after he was found guilty of breaching the council’s code of conduct when he shared confidential documents with more than one lawyer without the council’s permission in 2021. After a detailed investigation and report from Principles Integrity, the Board unanimously decided to follow the Integrity Commissioner’s recommendations, which included a suspension of pay for a period of 45 days.