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City councillor's conflict of interest case back in court Feb. 2

Ward 12 Coun. Joscelyne Landry-Altmann is accused by a downtown supporter of improperly voting for Kingsway event centre site
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A court hearing Friday to set a date in a conflict of interest allegation involving a city councillor was held over until Feb. 2. (File)

A court hearing Friday to set a date in a conflict of interest allegation involving a city councillor was held over until Feb. 2.

Both Andre Dumais, who lodged the complaint, and Ward 12 Coun. Joscelyne Landry-Altmann, were in attendance Friday at the Sudbury Courthouse for the brief hearing.

Dumais alleges Landry-Altmann was in a pecuniary (financial) conflict of interest when she voted last June in favour of building the $100-million arena on the Kingsway, rather than downtown.

Dumais, a vocal supporter of keeping the arena downtown, is hoping to void the June vote. He contends that Landry-Altmann was a board member of the Sudbury District Motorsports Association at the time of the vote, and was therefore in a pecuniary conflict of interest. 

While not part of the June vote, the Motorsports Association is working on a long-term plan to develop a racing facility adjacent to the Kingsway Entertainment District, where the arena, casino and new hotel are expected to be built by 2020.

In response, Landry-Altmann says she resigned from the association's board in March, months before the vote. And in any event, the Association is a non-profit organization, so there's no pecuniary interest no matter what happens long term.

While a hearing date on the matter was expected to be set Friday, the sides will return to court again next month in another attempt to set a date.