AGENDAS AND MINUTES
TOWNSHIP OF IGNACE COUNCIL MEETINGS
Township Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings are held on the second and last Mondays of the month at 6:00 pm, with one meeting per month in July, August and December. These meetings are open to the public.
Unless otherwise stated, all meetings will be held at the Multi-Purpose Room of the Ignace Public Library.
Meetings of Council Information Sheet
HOW DECISIONS ARE MADE
Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are held in accordance with the Procedural By-law #96/2016. Members of Council participate in Committee of the Whole meetings to examine and review corporate reports and recommendations from administration.
Members of Council, by resolution, make decisions out of those meetings that are then ratified at Council meetings. Other committees may be established by Council to undertake statutory responsibilities as delegated by Council, or to implement policies as approved at the discretion of Council to review a specific issue within a specified timeframe.
Council and Administration welcome your input on the issues that concern residents and organizations in Ignace. Residents and businesses can arrange to have a letter included in an agenda or to make a deputation by writing to the Township Clerk.
Office of the Township Clerk
34 Highway 17 West
PO Box 248
Tel. (807) 934-2202
Fax (807) 934=2864
REPORTS FROM THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER: HOME PAGE CONTENT
The Integrity Commissioner performs his duties on an as needed basis and does not have a permanent office in the Township of Ignace.
ROLE OF THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER
The Integrity Commissioner helps ensure members of Council:
- Conform to a high ethical standard,
- Adhere to the Township of Ignace By-Law #17-2019: Code of Conduct for Members of Municipal Council, Local Boards and Committees and any other applicable Township procedures, rules or policies.
The Integrity Commissioner reports directly to Council and performs four basic roles:
- Provides advice to Council to prevent potential violations of the Code of Conduct
- Reviews the Code of Conduct to ensure it meets the needs of Council
- Provides advice to the public on matters relating to the conduct of Council
- Educates members of Council on the Code of Conduct and integrity
- Educates the public on the expected conduct of the members of Council through the development of a website
3. Complaint investigation
- Assesses complaints from the public to determine their validity
- Investigates valid complaints
- Reports the results of the investigations to Council and the public
4. Complaint adjudication
- Determines whether a member of Council has violated a Township protocol, by-law or policy governing ethical behaviour
- Administers appropriate discipline as outlined in the By-Law for members found in violation of the Code of Conduct
- Reports the results of an investigation through Council
AUTHORITY OF THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER
The Integrity Commissioner has authority over members of Council and enforces the Code of Conduct. The Integrity Commissioner does not have jurisdiction over the rules of procedure; that falls to the Ontario Ombudsman.
The Integrity Commissioner also does not have jurisdiction over the conduct of Township employees or the conduct of members of committees who are not members of Council.
There are other types of complaints where the Integrity Commissioner does not have authority because they are covered by existing legislation or regulatory mechanisms such as an allegation that may involve a contravention of the Criminal Code of Canada. This is a police matter.
MAKING A COMPLAINT
- COMPLAINT PROCESS
- RELEVANT LEGISLATION
If you think a Council member is not following the Code of Conduct for Council, you may:
- Advise the Member that their behaviour or activity contravenes the Code of Conduct for Council;
- Encourage the Member to stop the prohibited behaviour or activity;
- If applicable, confirm to the Member your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the Member's response to the concern identified;
- If you are not satisfied with the response received through the informal process, you may proceed with a formal complaint through the Integrity Commissioner.
The Township of Ignace did on 11 September, 2017, via By-Law #92/2017, appoint Mr. Paul S. Heayn as Integrity Commissioner, in accordance with Section 223.3(1) of the Municipal Act.
If you think a Council member has contravened the Council Code of Conduct, you may make a formal complaint. Use the Formal Complaint Form to make a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner, Mr. Paul S. Heayn, using the contact information below.
Mr. Paul S. Heayn, Integrity Commissioner
41 Clearwater Crescent Dryden, Ontario P8N 3H8
Telephone: (807) 223-6824
Fax: (807) 223-6824
Cell: (807) 221-8128