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Ward 11 News: Councillor Conduct Report Released

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Citizens expect members of City Council the meet the highest standards of conduct when carrying out their public functions.
 
A report commissioned by The City of Calgary in 2014 following an investigation into Councillor conduct was finally ordered to be disclosed publicly by the Provincial Privacy Commissioner and was reported in the media earlier this week. The report details City Councillors allegedly involved in inappropriate behavior in the workplace, possibly including bullying, and/or inappropriate actions and comments.
 
I applaud the whistleblowers who stepped forward with their concerns. They, and the general public, need to know how The City is acting on these serious concerns.

I understand that member(s) of the media saw the report before members of Council did. Portions of the report were understandably not disclosed to protect the whistleblowers who, according to the report, felt that they had to “quit or put up with unwelcome comments and actions.”
 
The report states that a number of Councillors breached The City’s Respectful Workplace Policy with their “inappropriate behavior”. In my opinion, those members of Council who have been implicated in this report, several of whom have hired legal counsel, have a moral obligation to step forward and take responsibility for their actions. withwith their “inappropriate behavior”. In my opinion, those members of Council who have been implicated in this report, several of whom have hired legal counsel, have a moral obligation to step forward and take responsibility for their actions. withreport.pngreport.png their “inappropriate behavior”. In my opinion, those members of Council who have been implicated in this report, several of whom have hired legal counsel, have a moral obligation to step forward and take responsibility for their actions.
 
We have been informed that only the Mayor and the City Solicitor have seen the entire report. It would have been appropriate for The City to have released the report, with the exception of the names of the whistleblowers to maintain their privacy, to citizens in advance of the 2017 Municipal Election.
 
According to the report, indiscretions by certain members of Council “vary substantially” and it has been reported that complaints for at least four members of Council are believed to have been confirmed, but no consequences have been imposed.
 
The City of Calgary not only paid for the report but also incurred costs in an effort to avoid releasing the report.
 
I have requested that the report, with the changes required to protect the whistleblowers, be posted on The City’s website so that all citizens can review it for themselves.
 
To view the report on City Councillor conduct, click here.
 
I remain optimistic that those Council members implicated in this Council Conduct report will do the right thing and step forward to take responsibility for their actions. I am committed to transparency, accountability and respect for all Calgarians and I am hopeful that this report serves as a catalyst to change the tone at City Hall.
 
For more information on the Integrity and Ethics office as well as The City of Calgary Whistle-blower program, click here.
 



This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.
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