Code of con­duct up for de­bate

Coun­cil also to look at one coun­cil­lor’s al­leged breach

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - FRONT PAGE - Zane Wood­ford Metro | Hal­i­fax

A Hal­i­fax re­gional coun­cil­lor is look­ing to add some teeth to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s code of con­duct for elected of­fi­cials, and his mo­tion is com­ing to the same meet­ing where coun­cil­lors will de­bate the con­duct of one of their col­leagues.

Coun. Tony Mancini has a mo­tion com­ing to coun­cil on Tues­day ask­ing for a re­view of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der 52, the code of con­duct for coun­cil­lors. It’s some­thing he said he’s wanted to do since he first signed the doc­u­ment.

Coun­cil­lors are also set to have an in-cam­era de­bate Tues­day on “Deal­ing with Com­plaints un­der the Code of Con­duct Pol­icy.”

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity told Metro it has 13 out­stand­ing com­plaints un­der the pol­icy, though it will not con­firm which coun­cil­lors are sub­ject of those com­plaints or whether they’re all re­lated.

Metro knows of at least three com­plaints di­rected at Coun. Matt Whit­man, who used the word “ne­gro” dur­ing a tele­vi­sion news in­ter­view. Whit­man apol­o­gized in coun­cil cham­bers, but that doesn’t stop any on­go­ing com­plaint pro­cesses.

“In no way is my in­tent to bring this for­ward fo­cused on any in­di­vid­ual coun­cil­lors,” Mancini said.

Mancini’s mo­tion asks for a staff re­view that would ex­am­ine: the sec­tions gov­ern­ing in­ter­per­sonal be­hav­iour and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tion; a pos­si­ble re­quire­ment that the code be re­viewed an­nu­ally; an up­date on HRM’S re­quest that the prov­ince al­low the mu­nic­i­pal­ity “to cen­sure Mem­bers of Coun­cil by re­mit­ting re­mu­ner­a­tion” for breach­ing the code; and a rec­om­men­da­tion re­gard­ing the cre­ation of an in­tegrity com­mis­sioner for HRM.

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