Resident alleges harassment by Central Elgin councillors
Complaints about a portable toilet resulted in allegations of harassment by Central Elgin councillors.
A resident of the municipality went to a council meeting at the end of June to complain about portable toilets. While there the resident alleged that two councillors violated the council code of conduct by harassing them.
The municipality’s integrity commissioner John G. Maddox sent a report to council after investigating the complaints that exonerated the two unnamed councillors.
The resident filed a complaint under the code of conduct at the beginning of August that alleged the councillors violated it under two sections, Avoidance of Waste and Human Rights and Harassment. In the complaint they said that the councillors made “unwelcome” comments after they were done presenting to council.
Maddox found that council did not violate Avoidance of Waste section under the code of conduct relating to the matter and that no evidence was found to suggest that council demonstrated wasteful behaviour.
I think code of conduct is very important, that’s why we have it in place.” Central Elgin Mayor David Marr
Maddox also found the councillors did not violate the Human Rights and Harassment section that states, “To treat every person with dignity, understanding and respect.”
In his report Maddox wrote that while the situation doesn’t technically violate the code of conduct, the behaviour of the councillors was unacceptable and an apology should be in order.
Central Elgin Mayor David Marr wouldn’t comment on whether he thought the councillors should apologize.
Marr said the code of conduct is there for a reason.
“I think code of conduct is very important, that’s why we have it in place. The councillors are aware of the code of conduct. There was a complaint, it was addressed by the integrity commissioner and so it shows that it does work,” Marr said.