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OPP investigate leaked recordings of Merrickville–Wolford, Ont., staff

The Village of Merrickville–Wolford says recordings of its staff are being distributed in the community, and OPP are investigating.

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Police are urging anyone who receives or has received an unexpected package not to handle it and to call police immediately. (The Canadian Press)

The Village of Merrickville–Wolford says audio recordings of its staff are being distributed in the community, and OPP are investigating.

Doug Robertson, the eastern Ontario village's chief administrative officer, filed a complaint with Grenville County OPP on July 12.

Merrickville–Wolford Mayor David Nash said the recordings include conversations of municipal staff made without their consent or knowledge.

The recordings have been distributed by mail and in person, he said.

"There was a bit of a mailout to some individuals' homes. It was basically on a USB stick," Nash said.

"Then there was a much broader mail drop ... somebody [was] driving around in a silver SUV [and] was dropping off the CD, along with a transcript of the recording on the CD." 

No comment on nature of recordings

Nash said it appeared the recordings were being sent to members of the general public, and police had received calls from citizens who were concerned about receiving them.

I take the matter of confidentiality of staff conversations very seriously.- Merrickville–Wolford Mayor David Nash

He said council listened to one of the audio recordings, but wouldn't comment on the nature of the material since "the bottom line is the violation of privacy of our staff."

Nash also said he was "very concerned" about the confidentiality breach.

"I take the matter of confidentiality of staff conversations very seriously, and I certainly hope there can be a speedy resolution to this," he said.

OPP investigators are urging anyone who receives or has received an unexpected package not to handle the package and to call police immediately

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call OPP's communication centre at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Merrickville–Wolford is about 85 kilometres south of Ottawa.

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