February 10, 2014 •
Rob Ford’s Behavior Inspires Ottawa Ethics Code Review
The Ottawa, Ontario ethics code is being evaluated today against the backdrop of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s recent public indulgences and transgressions. At an event being held at Carleton University titled “Could Rob Ford’s Antics Happen in Ottawa?” Mayor Jim Watson and Integrity Commissioner Robert Marleau will assess whether the city code helps earn the public trust.
According to the Ottawa Star, the discussion will include questions such as whether the ethics code goes beyond legal compliance to address ethical conduct, whether councillors are held accountable for ethical transgressions, and whether elected officials are treated differently than municipal employees.
Ford has received intense media scrutiny for admitting to smoking crack cocaine while holding the position of mayor, using lewd language when talking to the media, and engaging in public episodes of apparent drunkenness.
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