Item - 2013.CC45.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 16, 2013 with amendments.

CC45.3 - Integrity Commissioner Report to Council: Pre-Election Briefing on Code of Conduct and Related City Policies

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 16, 17 and 18, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council receive the report (December 5, 2013) from the Integrity Commissioner for information.

 

2.         City Council request the Integrity Commissioner make herself available to meet with Councillors during January 2014 concerning her advice in Item CC45.3 on Code of Conduct and Related City Policies and report back to the February 19, 2014 meeting of Council with further advice on the issues raised by Members.

 

3.         City Council refer the following motion to the Integrity Commissioner with a request that the Integrity Commissioner report back to Council on a policy regarding the use of personal social media accounts during municipal election campaigns:

 

Moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong:

 

            That:

 

City Council amend the Code of Conduct to exempt Councillors' personal social media communications related to seeking election to municipal office.

 

4.         City Council refer the following motions to the Integrity Commissioner with a request that the Integrity Commissioner report back to Council on the proposed requests related to social media: 

 

Moved by Councillor Josh Matlow:

 

That:

 

a.         City Council request that during the Election Period, candidates who are Councillors running for Toronto City Council not link their personal social media pages with their Councillor websites; and

 

b.         During the Election Period, City Councillors may alert Ward residents about urgent issues which have a clear impact on them, such as development applications, via the Councillors' e-newsletters until Election Day.

Background Information (City Council)

(December 5, 2013) Report from Integrity Commissioner on Pre-Election Briefing on Code of Conduct and Related City Policies (CC45.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64721.pdf
Attachment - Joint Interpretation Bulletin: Advisory Guidelines for Members of Council on Election-Related Issues and Membersí Code of Conduct
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64722.pdf
Appendix 1 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Articles XII and XV of the Code of Conduct
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64723.pdf
Appendix 2 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Donations to Council Member-Organized Community Events Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64724.pdf
Appendix 3 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Breifing Note - Environment Days During an Election Year
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64725.pdf
Appendix 4 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Section 4.7 Constituency Services and Office Budget Policy - "Councillor Expenses during an Election Year"
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64726.pdf
Appendix 5 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Uses of City Resources During an Election
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64727.pdf
Appendix 6 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Employee Participation in Municipal Election Campaigns
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64728.pdf
Appendix 7 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Employees Seeking Election to Political Office
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64729.pdf
Appendix 8 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar Joint Interpretation Bulletin: Lobbying and Municipal Elections in the City of Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64730.pdf
Appendix 9 to Joint Interpretation Bulletin - Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-64731.pdf
(December 17, 2013) Presentation from the Integrity Commissioner, City Clerk and Lobbyist Registrar - Election Year Policies (CC45.3a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-65223.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Referred)

That City Council amend the Code of Conduct to exempt Councillors' personal social media communications related to seeking election to municipal office.

 

Referred by motion 2 by Councillor Davis.


2 - Motion to Refer Motion moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That motion 1 by Councillor Minnan-Wong be referred to the Integrity Commissioner and with a request that the Integrity Commissioner report back to Council on a policy regarding the use of personal social media accounts during municipal election campaigns.

Vote (Refer Motion) Dec-17-2013 5:57 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC45.3 - Davis - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 14 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Peter Milczyn, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

3a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Referred)

That City Council request that during the Election Period, candidates who are Councillors running for Toronto City Council not link their personal social media pages with their Councillor websites.

 

Referred by motion 4 by Councillor Moeser.


3b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Referred)

That during the Election Period, City Councillors may alert Ward residents about urgent issues which have a clear impact on them, such as development applications, via the Councillors' e-newsletters until Election Day.

 

Referred by motion 4 by Councillor Moeser.


4 - Motion to Refer Motion moved by Councillor Ron Moeser (Carried)

That City Council refer motion 3a and motion 3b by Councillor Matlow to the Integrity Commissioner with a request that the Integrity Commissioner report back to Council on the proposed requests related to social media.

Vote (Refer Motion) Dec-17-2013 5:59 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC45.3 - Moeser - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 12 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Peter Milczyn, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor John Parker (Carried)

That City Council request the Integrity Commissioner make herself available to meet with Councillors during January 2014 concerning her advice in Item CC45.3 on Code of Conduct and Related City Policies and report back to the February 19, 2014 Council meeting with further advice on the issues raised by Members.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-17-2013 6:00 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC45.3 - Parker - motion 5
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Josh Colle, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Peter Milczyn, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-17-2013 6:01 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC45.3 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Doug Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Paula Fletcher, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled that Councillor Vaughan had acted disrespectfully in the Chamber, in waving a 20 dollar bill at Councillor Ford, and requested Councillor Vaughan to apologize to Members of Council.

Councillor Vaughan apologized to Councillor Ford and Members of Council.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council