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City of Mississauga Appoints Integrity Commissioner With Code of Conduct in Effect December 1, 2010

Sep 29, 2010

At today's meeting of Council, George Rust-D'Eye of the law firm Weir and Foulds was appointed as interim Integrity Commissioner for a term of one year and the Code of Conduct for Mayor and Members of Council was approved to be effective on December 1, 2010. A first review of the Code has been scheduled for the General Committee meeting on April 6, 2011.

"The Code is a living document and the committee that developed the code recommended the appointment of George Rust-D'Eye, a certified specialist in municipal law and specialist in interpreting the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, as time does not permit Council to carry out the steps to attain an Integrity Commissioner with the Code coming into effect on December 1, when the new Council takes office," said City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench. "Mr. Rust-D'Eye meets or exceeds the qualifications first set out in the report from May 5, 2010 and approved by the committee."

According to today's Council report, Mr. Rust-D'Eye provided advice to a number of municipalities respecting the creation and implementation of codes of conduct for Members of Council and local boards. He has served as interim integrity commissioner for the City of Hamilton and conducted major investigations on behalf of the Cities of Brantford and Hamilton.

Approved Code of Conduct

Bench explained the Code of Conduct will be presented for review at the April 6, 2011 meeting of General Committee by which time it is anticipated recommendations from the Judicial Inquiry will be reviewed and can be incorporated. "The public can comment on the Code at that time as well, and a public reminder will be issued in February to that effect," said Bench.

The Code was developed by a committee of Council with Ward 5 Councillor Eve Adams, Ward 8 Councillor Katie Mahoney and Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson and staff support from the City Manager and CAO, City Solicitor and City Clerk.

The code was circulated for public comment to ratepayer groups, BIAs and was posted on the City’s website from July 9 to August 18, 2010 and the period for public input was extended to September 22. The Code of Conduct is posted on the City’s website at www.mississauga.ca.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 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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Related Links:
   Council Report Code of Conduct For Mayor and Members of Council September
   Code of Conduct For Mayor and Members of Council


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