Code of conduct allegation to be discussed Oct. 15
By Jennifer Hoegg
A county councillor who may be facing a code of conduct investigation hasn’t heard a peep from her Municipality of Kings peers on the matter.
“Nobody has spoken to me about all of this – I have had no phone call about this,” Pauline Raven said Oct. 12, aside from emails that went to all councillors about scheduling and cancelling meetings about the issue.
“My feeling about all of this is that, between one council meeting and another, the more intelligent way to go about it would be for all of us to sit down and air what happened and if there was some need for an apology, limited or otherwise, that could have happened.”
Councillors were called to a special meeting Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. to discuss a code of conduct violation, but it was postponed before it began.
According to an Oct. 8 memo obtained by the Advertiser, Warden Diana Brothers wrote, the meeting related “to our Code of Conduct and the possible violation of it by certain members of council.”
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In an Oct. 1 council meeting, Brothers asked Coun. Pauline Raven to withdraw comments about “misrepresentation” and “manipulation” of information during discussion of a motion on a regional government study.
If Raven did not, Brothers told her, it would be investigated as a code of conduct violation. Raven declined to withdraw her comments. Brothers then instructed the executive assistant to strike Raven’s comments from the record.
The code states corrective action for a breach “may include a formal warning or reprimand” to the councillor.
“As you are well aware, certain allegations were made against our CAO questioning his integrity and relationship to council,” Brothers wrote in the memo.
“We are of the view that where a council member has called into question the very reputation of the administration of the municipality, the response must be swift.”
My feeling about all of this is that, between one council meeting and another, the more intelligent way to go about it would be for all of us to sit down and air what happened and if there was some need for an apology, limited or otherwise, that could have happened. Coun. Pauline Raven
Asked about the council meeting, Raven said, when a motion is on the floor, “it’s within the responsibility of councillors to question any information they think is inaccurate.”
According to the memo, the matter will now come to the committee of the whole Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. The agenda for the meeting currently on the municipality’s website calls for a “point of order discussion,” followed by an in camera meeting. The council agenda for the same day, which begins at 1 p.m., includes an in camera meeting from committee of the whole.
When asked Oct. 11, Brothers said she could not confirm that the point of order discussion was about the code of conduct violation.
“It would be inappropriate for me at this time to make any comments on this at this time,” Brothers said.