Code of Conduct for Council
An updated Code of Conduct for Council was adopted in 2019 and applies to all members of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Council, committees, and local boards.
A Code of Conduct serves as a reference guide on ethical behaviour when members are acting in their official capacity, and supplements legislative standards and parameters within which members are obligated to conduct themselves.
The Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has appointed John Mascarin of Aird & Berlis as Integrity Commissioner to help ensure that members of Council perform their functions in accordance with a Code of Conduct, and other procedures, rules or policies governing their ethical behaviour.
Making a complaint
- Anyone who identifies or witnesses behaviour or activity by a member that they believe contravenes the Code of Conduct may make a complaint.
- Complaints can be made informally or formally by following the procedures outlined in Appendix “B”, Parts A or B of By-law 12-2019 respectively.
- Where a formal complaint is made, the prescribed form must be filed with the Clerk by hard copy or directly with Integrity Commissioner by a sealed hard copy or by e-mail at the addresses at the bottom of the page.
Complaints regarding contravention of the Code of Conduct
Complaints regarding contravention of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, sections 5, 5.1 or 5.2
Closed Meeting Investigator
Municipal Councils must conduct business only at meetings that are open to the public, except in some circumstances as listed in the Municipal Act, 2001, Section 239 (2) .
Members of the public have the right to complain if they feel the Township held a closed meeting that did not follow the rules/ exemptions listed in the Municipal Act, 2001, Section 239 (2) or with any procedure By-laws under Subsection 238 (2).
Any corporation or member of the public can submit a complaint to the investigator about a meeting or part of a meeting that is closed to the public.
How to submit a complaint
The John Mascarin of Aird & Berlis is the closed meeting investigator for the Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh.
Any corporation or member of the public can submit a complaint to the investigator about a meeting or part of a meeting that is closed to the public. Complaints are always confidential.
Complaints can be submitted directly to the Closed Meeting Investigator at the addresses below.
Aird & Berlis LLP
c/o John Mascarin
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2T9