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First Review of Code of Conduct For Mayor and Members of Council at April 6, 2011 General Committee

Mar 23, 2011

A first review of the City of Mississauga's Code of Conduct for Mayor and Members of Council has been scheduled for the General Committee meeting on April 6, 2011.

"The code is a living document and this is the first scheduled review," said City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench. "When the date was set, it was hoped that the report from the Judicial Inquiry would be available and recommendations from that could be included in this review. They will be included at a later date."

Approved by Council on September 29, 2010, the code of conduct came into effect on December 1, 2010 and contains rules respecting Members of Council that works with the Municipal Act, 2001; Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, 1996; Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; Municipal Elections Act, and the Criminal Code of Canada. The code, contains a series of rules that are common to provisions found in various other codes of conduct from other Ontario cities.

The committee that developed the code included Ward 5 Councillor Eve Adams, Ward 8 Councillor Katie Mahoney and Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson with staff support from the City Manager and CAO, City Solicitor and City Clerk.

George Rust-D'Eye of the law firm Weir, Foulds was appointed as interim Integrity Commissioner for a term of up to one year. The role of the Integrity Commissioner is to provide advice, assistance, and training to Council and to investigate and assess complaints regarding any alleged breach of the code.

Prior to approval, the code was circulated for public comment to ratepayer groups. The public are encouraged to make submissions to the General Committee meeting on April 6th in respect of the matters related to the code and its operations.

The Code of Conduct is posted on the City's website at www.mississauga.ca.

Comments and questions on the code are to be sent to the Office of the City Clerk by:

Telephone:
3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 if calling outside City limits)
TTY:
905-896-5151 (teletypewriter)
Fax:
905-615-4081

Email:
city.clerk@mississauga.ca

Mail:
City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON
L5B 3C1

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 "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.


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