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Council Moves Ahead With Committee to Create Code of Conduct with Integrity Commissioner

Nov 18, 2009

At today's meeting of General Committee, Council approved a report outlining options to develop a code of conduct that would apply to the Mayor and Members of Council, and to review the establishment of the position of an integrity commissioner.

"A code of conduct may be established by a municipality to outline standards of behaviour for members of Council in carrying out their duties," said City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench. She added: "The report outlines the general framework of issues that Council may wish to consider in establishing a code of conduct. If a code of conduct is enacted - Council may also wish to establish an office of an integrity commissioner that would report to Council and provide advice with respect to the code of conduct and assess complaints of alleged infractions of the code and adjudicate on violations of the code."

The report, based on the Municipal Act, 2001 outlined various elements found in other codes of conduct from other Ontario cities and includes sections on:

• general integrity
• confidential information
• gifts
• conduct at Council and Committee meetings
• election campaign work
• general improper activities
• conduct respecting staff
• use of municipal property
• compliance
• complaint procedure

Bench added: "More detailed discussions and planning are required to create the code of conduct and determine parameters of the role of the integrity commissioner. It is recommended that Council establishes a committee of Council with staff assistance to review the issues provided in the report."

Ward 5 Councillor Eve Adams, Ward 8 Councillor Katie Mahoney and Ward 11 George Carlson volunteered to serve on a committee to pursue the development of a code. Council will finalize their decision at the November 25 meeting of Council.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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