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Posted by: Thim on 3/29/2012 9:49:59 PM

More quotes on the MNR, this one a response from a complaint.
You also complained that some MNR employees own, or have interests in, tourism related businesses. You believe that this is a conflict of interest (COl) as the employees are able to implement policies from which they may benefit.

MNR has developed a Conflict of Interest Declaration Form which is to be completed by all staff requesting a conflict of interest ruling from the
Deputy Minister.

We made inquiries with the Ministry about this issue and determined that both
individuals had made the required declarations to the Deputy Minister's office and had received decisions which indicated that no conflict existed.

"No person holding an office in or under the Ministry and no person employed in or under the Ministry shall! directly or indirectly. purchase any right, title or interest in any public lands either in the person's own name or by the interposition of any other person or in the name of any other person in trust for the person without the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council". from Public Lands Act s.39

We obtained a copy of the Ministry Directive pertaining to the interpretation of the above section. The Directive states that "right, title or interest in public land" means the acquisition of an estate and does not include interests less than estates, such as licences of occupation or land use permits. Thus, it is MNR's interpretation that its employees are
not prohibited from holding certain types of tenure on Crown land.

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