Live and Don't Learn Dept:
The Hamilton Spectator's ever-intrepid Nicole MacIntyre reports today that Councillor Dave Mitchell, recently censured by Council for allegedly trying to influence a committee decision of a land sale in which he had a financial interest, is complaining about breaches to the city code of ethics.
"Council members or staff seem intent on breaching the code of conduct in order to prove that I broke the code of conduct," Mitchell said.
"It seems to me that we can't hold it up as a governing document on one hand while breaking it right, left and centre on the other hand."
For a council as afraid of its own shadow as this one, leaks to the press seem to be the only way to bring enough pressure to bear to keep them even partially accountable. Would council ever have addressed Mitchell's alleged conflict of interest if Councillor Rob Pasuta's concerns about it were not leaked to the Spectator?
In that spirit, and until we get an ethics commissioner with the latitude to enforce transparency and accountability, I say: keep 'em coming!
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