Woolwich councillor summoned to court on alleged Elections Act violations

News Jul 17, 2016 by Paige Desmond Waterloo Region Record

WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP — Woolwich Coun. Scott Hahn will be in provincial offences court Aug. 31 to answer a citizen's charges that he violated the Municipal Elections Act.

On Friday, a justice of the peace signed a summons for Hahn after Alan Marshall convinced the justice to accept his private application to the court.

Hahn had not received the summons as of Friday afternoon and declined comment.

Marshall accuses Hahn of, among other things, providing false or misleading information on his 2014 municipal election financial return.

"We have a forensic audit that says he contravened the Municipal Elections Act every which way from Sunday," Marshall said.

It's the latest in an ongoing saga of accusations against Woolwich politicians over election finances.

Half of Woolwich Township's council was scrutinized last year for making errors in their October 2014 election expenses or for failing to file them at all.

Hahn was the first to appear before the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee. A professional audit found several violations of the act but the compliance committee chose not to proceed with legal action.

One of Hahn's electoral opponents, Dan Holt, had filed the complaint with the audit committee.

"I think any time anybody breaks the law that they should account for that," Holt said.

Woolwich Mayor Shantz was before the compliance committee twice and hauled to court on a citizen's private charges. Each challenge was brought by Marshall. The court charges were withdrawn.

The mayor has acknowledged she violated the act by failing to get an audit and accepting a donation above the $750 limit.

She also acknowledged incorrectly reporting her election income.

Next was Coun. Mark Bauman. He failed to file a financial statement. He was acclaimed and his only cost was the $200 nomination fee, which was returned to him as the winning candidate. When he was acclaimed in the past, Bauman did not file.

He went to court to keep his job.

pdesmond@therecord.com , Twitter: @DesmondRecord

Woolwich councillor summoned to court on alleged Elections Act violations

News Jul 17, 2016 by Paige Desmond Waterloo Region Record

WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP — Woolwich Coun. Scott Hahn will be in provincial offences court Aug. 31 to answer a citizen's charges that he violated the Municipal Elections Act.

On Friday, a justice of the peace signed a summons for Hahn after Alan Marshall convinced the justice to accept his private application to the court.

Hahn had not received the summons as of Friday afternoon and declined comment.

Marshall accuses Hahn of, among other things, providing false or misleading information on his 2014 municipal election financial return.

"We have a forensic audit that says he contravened the Municipal Elections Act every which way from Sunday," Marshall said.

It's the latest in an ongoing saga of accusations against Woolwich politicians over election finances.

Half of Woolwich Township's council was scrutinized last year for making errors in their October 2014 election expenses or for failing to file them at all.

Hahn was the first to appear before the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee. A professional audit found several violations of the act but the compliance committee chose not to proceed with legal action.

One of Hahn's electoral opponents, Dan Holt, had filed the complaint with the audit committee.

"I think any time anybody breaks the law that they should account for that," Holt said.

Woolwich Mayor Shantz was before the compliance committee twice and hauled to court on a citizen's private charges. Each challenge was brought by Marshall. The court charges were withdrawn.

The mayor has acknowledged she violated the act by failing to get an audit and accepting a donation above the $750 limit.

She also acknowledged incorrectly reporting her election income.

Next was Coun. Mark Bauman. He failed to file a financial statement. He was acclaimed and his only cost was the $200 nomination fee, which was returned to him as the winning candidate. When he was acclaimed in the past, Bauman did not file.

He went to court to keep his job.

pdesmond@therecord.com , Twitter: @DesmondRecord

Woolwich councillor summoned to court on alleged Elections Act violations

News Jul 17, 2016 by Paige Desmond Waterloo Region Record

WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP — Woolwich Coun. Scott Hahn will be in provincial offences court Aug. 31 to answer a citizen's charges that he violated the Municipal Elections Act.

On Friday, a justice of the peace signed a summons for Hahn after Alan Marshall convinced the justice to accept his private application to the court.

Hahn had not received the summons as of Friday afternoon and declined comment.

Marshall accuses Hahn of, among other things, providing false or misleading information on his 2014 municipal election financial return.

"We have a forensic audit that says he contravened the Municipal Elections Act every which way from Sunday," Marshall said.

It's the latest in an ongoing saga of accusations against Woolwich politicians over election finances.

Half of Woolwich Township's council was scrutinized last year for making errors in their October 2014 election expenses or for failing to file them at all.

Hahn was the first to appear before the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee. A professional audit found several violations of the act but the compliance committee chose not to proceed with legal action.

One of Hahn's electoral opponents, Dan Holt, had filed the complaint with the audit committee.

"I think any time anybody breaks the law that they should account for that," Holt said.

Woolwich Mayor Shantz was before the compliance committee twice and hauled to court on a citizen's private charges. Each challenge was brought by Marshall. The court charges were withdrawn.

The mayor has acknowledged she violated the act by failing to get an audit and accepting a donation above the $750 limit.

She also acknowledged incorrectly reporting her election income.

Next was Coun. Mark Bauman. He failed to file a financial statement. He was acclaimed and his only cost was the $200 nomination fee, which was returned to him as the winning candidate. When he was acclaimed in the past, Bauman did not file.

He went to court to keep his job.

pdesmond@therecord.com , Twitter: @DesmondRecord