Code of Conduct Up For Review
Posted by auroracitizen on February 5, 2011
Aurora Council have agreed to revisit the controversial Code of Conduct put in place last term. It was agreed at the same meeting where the removal of the complaint against Councillor Buck was finally removed — long past due.
However, one last attempt was made by Councillor Ballard to have it remain on the town website. He wanted to be clear there was no legal downside to removing the complaint.
Possibly, he should have considered the legal downside of having a complaint up months after it had been dealt with by 2 separate “Integrity Commissioners”. Based on the position of last Council, the complaint could have remained indefinitely unless Council decided to remove it.
Finally after Councillor Ballard was assured by the Town Solicitor that there were no legal ramifications it was passed unanimously.
Council now needs to decide whether they need a “made in Aurora” Code of conduct or whether their behaviour can be governed by their Oath of Office and guidelines under the Municipal Act. Time will tell what they decide.
What do you think?
- Does Aurora need a Code of Conduct?
- Did the previous Code have a positive or negative effect on Council behaviour?
- Did the Code actually address the behaviour that so many voters in Aurora found offensive?
- Will this Council become embroiled in the sort of personality clashes that derailed last Council’s term that prompted them to implement a Code in the first place as a hammer against certain Councillors?
- What sorts of behaviour should be covered if a Code is put in place?
Let us know your thoughts.