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Accountability

Disclosure and accountability

City Council is the governing body of The City of Calgary and the custodian of its powers, both legislative and administrative. The proper operation of democratic municipal government requires that elected officials be independent, impartial and duly responsible to the public.

The Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw 26M2018 establishes and promotes ethical conduct standards for Members of Council for expenses, visitors, gifts and benefits.

Expenses

The ECPMC outlines the responsibility and accountability of Councillors to the public for the management of their annual ward office budgets and the transparent reporting of how the budgets are spent. In accordance with the policy and council direction, the Office of the Councillors posts Ward Expense Reports quarterly on its website. Attached is a document listing all of Ward 1's expenses.

Visitors

The ECPMC outlines the standards for Members of Council relating to interactions with the public, City employees, contractors, Council staff and all Council members. Each Councillor is expected to disclose a quarterly list of external visitors to The City, excluding media, with whom they, or their assistants, have met in their offices. The policy began in July of 2013. Attached is a document listing Ward 1 visitors.

Gifts and benefits

To achieve democratic accountability and transparency, it is necessary that no individual or organization influence, or perceive to influence, Council activities in exchange for gifts and benefits. The GBPMC provides a clear process to report gifts and benefits that it is common for them to receive in acting out their duties of office. Gifts are required to be reported semi-annually at June 30 and December 31st. Attached is a document listing the gifts and benefits for Ward 1.



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