Item - 2015.CC5.8

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on March 31, 2015 without amendments.

CC5.8 - Integrity Commissioner Report on Violation of Code of Conduct: Then-Mayor Rob Ford

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 31, April 1 and April 2, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council adopt a finding that Councillor Ford violated Article XIV of the Code of Conduct while acting in his capacity as Mayor of Toronto.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

On March 31, 2015 during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting, Speaker Nunziata advised Members of Council that Councillor Ford wished to address Council.

 

Councillor Ford addressed City Council and made the following statement:

 

Mr. Mayor, Members of Council, I want to call to your attention the fact that I have taken the time to go through the Integrity Commissioner's report on a formal complaint lodged against me while I was Mayor of this great City. I'm aware of my hurtful nature of my comments and the fact that they are absolutely unacceptable.  I understand the concern brought forward in the report including the standards set out by the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Mr. Mayor, Members of Council, I'm deeply ashamed of what I said, and I recognize that they bring discredit to both myself and Council as a whole.  I wish to offer my heartfelt apology for my words and actions.

Background Information (City Council)

(March 25, 2015) Covering Report from the Integrity Commissioner on Violation of Code of Conduct: then-Mayor Rob Ford (CC5.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-78435.pdf
(March 25, 2015) Attachment 1 - Integrity Commissioner Report Regarding Conduct of Then-Mayor Rob Ford
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-78467.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(March 31, 2015) Submission from Councilllor Gord Perks, Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park - Toronto Star article (CC.New.CC5.8.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/comm/communicationfile-52120.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That City Council direct Councillor Rob Ford take a certified anti-racist training course.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-02-2015 11:10 AM

Result: Lost Majority Required - CC5.8 - Perks - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 10 Members that voted Yes are Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Pam McConnell, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 27 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, John Campbell, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-02-2015 11:11 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC5.8 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Motion to End Debate moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Lost)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council end the debate on Item CC5.8 and take the vote immediately.

Vote (End Debate) Apr-02-2015 10:50 AM

Result: Lost Two-Thirds Required - End debate on CC5.8
Total members that voted Yes: 20 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, John Campbell, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 11 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Rob Ford, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Point of Privilege by Councillor Gord Perks

 Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that the procedures of Council allow Members to ask questions and speak on Items. Councillor Perks further stated that questioning the Integrity Commissioner and speaking on the Item is in no way a side show, and by characterizing the debate that way, Councillor Karygiannis has impugned the reputation of Members of Council. Councillor Perks asked that the Member withdraw the characterization.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata, accepted the Point of Privilege and ruled that Councillor Karygiannis was trying to get clarification on the differences between Ottawa and the City of Toronto. Speaker Nunziata suggested that Councillor Karygiannis review the Council Procedures as City Council's procedures are quite different than those at the federal level. Speaker Nunziata also clarified that the Speaker makes rulings.


Point of Order by Councillor John Filion

Councillor Filion, rising on a Point of Order, stated that Councillor Mammoliti's questions of the Integrity Commissioner have nothing to do with the report before Council.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata, accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Councillor Mammoliti should keep his questions to the report before Council.


Point of Order by Councillor Paula Fletcher

Councillor Fletcher, rising on a Point of Order, stated that Councillor Mammoliti's questions of the Integrity Commissioner have nothing to do with the report before Council.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Councillor Perruzza, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor Mammoliti's remarks impugn Councillor Ford's character.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata, accepted the Points of Order and Privilege by Councillors Fletcher and Perruzza and ruled that Councillor Mammoliti should keep his questions on topic.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti

Councillor Mammoliti, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that he had been cut off many times and would take the Speaker to court.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled that Councillor Mammoliti had been given five minutes to question staff.

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Councillor Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled that Councillor Perruzza's questions should stay on topic.

Declared Interests (City Council)

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Rob Ford - as the item pertains to himself
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council