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Guelph, Bruce Poole settle $1M lawsuit out of court

The City of Guelph confirmed Tuesday it has come to an agreement with Bruce Poole, its former chief building official. The details of that out-of-court settlement will remain confidential.

Former chief building official was fired in August 2015, launched lawsuit in February 2016

The City of Guelph has come to an agreement with Bruce Poole, its former chief building official. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)

The City of Guelph has reached an out-of-court settlement with its former chief building official, the details of which are not being released.

Bruce Poole was fired from his job with the city in August 2015. He launched a $1 million lawsuit against his former employer in February 2016, arguing wrongful dismissal and breach of contract.

In a statement of claim, Poole said he "repeatedly raised concerns" about the city's failure to obtain proper building permits, which violated the Ontario Building Code.

He said he sent a letter to the city's chief administrative officer and executive team about his concerns and was called into a meeting where "he was criticized for his activity" and was warned that "taking on the building code issues may have negative consequences for his career."

From the start, the city rejected Poole's allegations against it and said it was prepared to defend its position in court.

In a statement of defense, the city said Poole's building code concerns were unfounded, made in retaliation when his position was reassigned.

Nevertheless, staff confirmed Tuesday the city had come to an agreement with Poole. The details of that out-of-court settlement – including whether Poole received any money and how much – would remain confidential.