The Integrity Commissioner provides confidential written and oral advice to the Mayor, Councillors and Committee appointees (as applicable) about their own situations respecting the “Township of South Algonquin Code of Conduct for Members of Council” (Code of Conduct) and other by-laws, policies and procedures governing ethical behavior, including general advice about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
The Integrity Commissioner also provides opinions and reports to Council on issues of ethics and integrity.
Complaints about breaches of the Code of Conduct or contraventions to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) are made to the Integrity Commissioner pursuant to the Council approved Complaint Protocol. Complaints can be dealt with through a formal or informal process both of which are outlined within “Township of South Algonquin Code of Conduct for Members of Council” page 32; Council Code of Conduct Complaint Protocol. When carrying out a formal complaint investigation, the Commissioner can summon evidence and examine witnesses under oath.
Complaints must be sent directly to the Integrity Commissioner using the Code of Conduct Complaint Form which is Schedule A of the Township of South Algonquin.
Should an Integrity Commissioner find a contravention, they can recommend various penalties for imposition by Council. The available penalties range from suspension of remuneration to a reprimand or apology.
The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for providing educational programs to members of Council and Committees (as applicable). This is carried out in group settings, one-on-one meetings, annual reporting and through this web page.
Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
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