Niagara Regional Council is asking residents for input as part of a review of its Code of Conduct.
Residents can participate
in a number of ways:
At the public meeting, Interim Integrity Commissioner John Mascarin will
be on hand to outline the legislative framework of the Code of Conduct, current
proposed legislative changes and other relevant information.
Those wishing to make a presentation at the public meeting are encouraged to register in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be accepted, presentations and comments must avoid references to specific individuals or complaints, and should relate to one or more of the following areas:
Written submissions can be submitted via email@example.com or by mail to Regional
Clerk, Niagara Region, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, P.O. Box 1042, Thorold,
Ontario L2V 4T7. Deadline for submissions
is April 18, 2017.
encouraged to read the existing Code in its entirety prior to providing
The Code outlines how Regional Councillors should conduct themselves in carrying out their responsibilities. It establishes ethical standards that must be followed by all Regional Councillors.
Role of the Integrity Commissioner
Regional Council appointed an Interim Integrity Commissioner in late 2016. Niagara will be seeking to make a permanent appointment later this year. The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for investigating complaints related to the Code.
Penalties for Contravening the Code
If the Integrity Commissioner investigates a
complaint and determines that a Regional Councillor has not followed the Code,
a report will be provided to Regional Council which may include recommended
penalties. Regional Council will
consider the report and may impose penalties which are limited by the Municipal Act, 2001 to either a reprimand
or suspension of pay for a period of up to 90 days.
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