Integrity Commissioner

The Integrity Commissioner acts as a independent advisor to Council on a range of issues. The position is responsible for providing education and advice to Members of Council, and presiding over investigations of complaints.

Council has appointed an Integrity Commissioner who performs specified functions regarding the application of the Municipality's Code of Ethics and Conduct which applies to members of Council and members appointed to Boards and Committees to promote accountability and transparency in Municipal Governance. 

Harold G. Elston has been appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for the Municipality of Magnetawan. He can be contacted at (705) 443-8183 or by email at helston@elstonwatt.ca

The Integrity Commissioner's role is to:

1. The application of the code of ethics and conduct for members of Council and the code of ethics and conduct for members of local boards.

2.  The application of any procedures, rules and policies of the Municipality and local boards governing the ethical behaviour of members of Council and of local boards.

3.  The application of sections 5, 5.1 and 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to members of Council and of local boards.

4.  Requests from members of Council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the code of ethics and conduct applicable to the member.

5.  Requests from members of Council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under a procedure, rule or policy of the Municipality or of the local board, as the case may be, governing the ethical behaviour of members.

6.  Requests from members of Council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

7.  The provision of educational information to members of Council, members of local boards, the municipality and the public about the municipality’s codes of ethics and conduct for members of Council and members of local boards and about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. 2017, c. 10, Sched. 1, s. 19 (1).

All inquiries made to the Integrity Commissioner will be noted and reviewed in some fashion. The decision to pursue an investigation into a possible breach of the Code of Ethics and Conduct or other Municipality policy can only be made by the Integrity Commissioner based on the circumstances at the time of complaint.

If the Integrity Commissioner undertakes an investigation following a public complaint and the findings confirm a breach of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, appropriate penalties, as defined in the legislation, will be recommended to Council, and will become a matter of public record.

2014-13 Code Of Ethics For Members Of Council

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