Ford Voted on his own issue in August 2010 — Where was vigilance then?

I am looking at a copy of minutes from the City of Toronto meeting from August 2010,  this is when he was still an annoying Councillor.     He was warned as well by the council speaker in advance of his vote and she testified in the court case.   Then he voted again in February 2012 it was only the vote in 2012 that is the cause of the situation currently.

Deadline to file a complaint is within six weeks of becoming aware of the the conflict and it has to be less then 6 years after the alleged conflict.

Here is a copy of the August 25, 2010 vote.  Ford announced his run in March of 2010 so the gravy train had left the station at this point.

The election was in October 2010.

Soooooo….   Had a citizen actually decided to blow the whistle then and complain as the current state of the Municipal Conflict of Interest act says an elector must file a complaint,   and I am sure any sitting councillor in that chamber is an elector as well and could have done something but chose not to.  Where was Paul Magdar then and that other guy that is actually the trigger guy? The people that should have been watching the conduct of Rob were his election opponents.  They were probably too busy to actually go to a council meeting to see how things worked.

Could it have changed the results of the election?  It would have saved the tax dollars that may be spent on a by-election that might have to occur.

I don’t live in the City– Thankfully!  but if I was an avid watcher of council you can be assured I would have acted a lot sooner but I bet Clayton Ruby would not have returned my call!

Nobody expected Ford to actually win in August 2010 so they let it slide I guess.

Copied Text from the minutes.

CC52.1

ACTION
Adopted on Consent

Ward:All
Report on Violation of Code of Conduct

City Council Decision

City Council on August 25, 26 and 27, 2010, adopted the following:

1.                City Council adopt the finding that Councillor Rob Ford violated Articles IV, VI, and VIII of the Code of Conduct.

2.         City Council adopt the recommendation that the following sanction permitted by Article XVIII of the Code of Conduct be imposed:

1.         Councillor Ford will reimburse the lobbyist and corporate donors in the amounts listed in the attachment to the report (August 12, 2010) from the Integrity Commissioner and provide confirmation of such reimbursement to the Integrity Commissioner.

Background Information (City Council)
(August 12, 2010) report from the Integrity Commissioner on Violation of Code of Conduct
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-33227.pdf)

Motions (City Council)
1 - Motion to Reconsider Item moved by Councillor Mike Del Grande (Lost)

That, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, Council reconsider Item CC52.1.  (This procedural motion requires a two-thirds vote to carry.)

Vote (Reconsider Item)

Aug-25-2010 6:22 PM
Result: Lost     Two-Thirds Required - CC52.1 - Del Grande - Reconsider the Item
Yes: 10     Brian Ashton, Mike Del Grande, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday, Cliff Jenkins, David Miller, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, John Parker, Anthony Perruzza

No: 26     Maria Augimeri, Sandra Bussin (Chair), Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Feldman, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Suzan Hall, A.A. Heaps, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Howard Moscoe, Cesar Palacio, Joe Pantalone, Gord Perks, Kyle Rae, Bill Saundercook, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Michael Walker
Absent: 9     Paul Ainslie, Frank Di Giorgio, Adam Giambrone, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Case Ootes, David Shiner

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