By Rosalind Russell – The panel of Ontario judges hearing the appeal of former Elliot Lake Mayor Chris Patrie’s removal from office has asked the Ontario Divisional Court for an extension to December 15th before rendering its decision on the matter.
Back on January 9th, Ontario Superior Court Justice Annalisa Rasaiah (REE-say-ah) ordered Patrie removed from office and disqualified him from holding office for two years.
In her judgment, Justice Rasaiah stated Patrie breached two sections of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act between November 2017 and April 2019 by lobbying councillors, mayor, and staff to build a $30-million sports hub across the road from the Trading Post plaza he owns a controlling interest in.
In the appeal hearing on April 12th, Patrie’s lawyer argued that everyone in Elliot Lake stood to benefit from the sports hub, no matter where it was located.
Acting Mayor Andrew Wannan has been leading council since February of when another court granted Patrie’s request to not replace him until the appeal decision on his case is released.
It’s unknown if or when the extension will be granted.
Photo: The court reviewing Elliot Lake Mayor Chris Patrie’s appeal has asked for an extension. Photo – Zoom – Rosalind Russell