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Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 11) Employment of Council Relatives/Family Members.

January 26th, 2012  

 

MISSISSAUGA GOOD GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE   January 23 2012
This blog is a continuation of the following blog entries:

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 1) Line by line, word by word. Pages 1 through 5 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 2) “upholding both the letter of the law and the spirit of the laws and policies” Page 6 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 3) Beware “community events”, “volunteer services”, “arm’s length”… Pages 7 through 10 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 4) “providing persons…with an understanding and appreciation of the City of Mississauga or the workings of its municipal government” Pages 11 through 13 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 5) WTF?! “information deemed to be ‘personal information’ under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act”?! Pages 14 through 15 of the Code.

City of Mississauga’s Elected Officials’ Records policy now online as a companion piece to the City’s Council Code of Conduct.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 6) Use of City Staff, Property, Services etc –and Election Campaigns Pages 16 through 18 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 7) Improper Use of Influence and Business Relations. Pages 19 through 20 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 8) Conduct at Meetings/When Representing the City and Media Communications. Pages 21 through 22 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 9) CITIZEN ALERT! Avoid Kafkaesque Rule 12′s Respectful Workplace Policy. Pages 22 through 24 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 10) Conduct Respecting Staff and the HUGE hidey-hole loophole. Pages 25 through 26 of the Code.

Again, for the record, my goal is to go through The City of Mississauga Code of Conduct, line by line, word by word as preparation for future Council deputations. Once again, I will cut-and-paste the City of Mississauga Code of Conduct directly into this blog entry and offer comment/criticism [bold italics square brackets] when the need arises. Those interested in accessing the full version of City of Mississauga Council Code of Conduct April 2011 please click here.

The City of Mississauga Council Code of Conduct

Council Code of Conduct April, 2011 (Page 27 begins)

Rule No. 14

Employment of Council Relatives/Family Members

1. No Member shall attempt to influence the outcome, or to influence any City employee to
hire or promote a Family Member.

[File a complaint under Item 1 and good luck with that! And if you suspect something rotten happening with hiring, you certainly can’t build a case using Freedom of Information. Hiring practices and employee relations are beyond the reach of the province’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. Back to Page 27 of the Code.]

2. No Members shall make any decision or participate in the process to hire, transfer,
promote, demote, discipline or terminate any Family Member.

[Notice how Item 2 left out,”No Members shall make any decision or participate in the process of salary negotiations.”

And same criticism can be leveled in Item 1. If you suspect something rotten happening with hiring, you certainly can’t build a case using Freedom of Information. Employment issues and employee relations are beyond the reach of Freedom of Information. Back to Page 27 of the Code.]

3. No Member shall supervise a Family Member, or be placed in a position of influence over
a Family Member.

4. No Member shall attempt to use a family relationship for his or her personal benefit or
gain.

[Like Items 3 and 4 are enforceable… Back to Page 27 of the Code.]

5. Every Member shall adhere to the City’s Candidate Selection Process policy.

[Before reading this I had no idea the City had a Candidate Selection Process policy. I discover any new Corporate policy like this and I’m reminded of the City’s chronic disregard for compliance and its corporate culture of looking the other way.  Back to Page 27 of the Code.]

Commentary

If a Family Member of a Councillor is an applicant for employment with the City or is a
candidate for promotion or transfer, the Family Member will proceed through the usual
selection process pursuant to the City’s hiring policies, with no special consideration.

[So what do you think your chances are if you’re competing for the same City position as (say) Ron Starr’s daughter or for the same Peel Police job as (say) Hazel McCallion’s son?]

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END OF PAGE 27 OF THE CODE.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

HAZEL MCCALLION'S LIE AT THE MISSISSAUGA INQUIRY. City Staff are "very professional and they follow the policies very, very, very diligently. "

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