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02Dec
2013

Controlling Councillor Conduct

This paper will consider the power to, and the processes by which a council may address the misconduct of one of its members. After reviewing the two decisions in BC that directly bear on this question, the paper will review the provisions of the Community Charter concerning councillor misconduct and then turn to a consideration of the Ontario regime where codes of councillor conduct are a significant feature and have a basis in statute. The paper ends with a discussion of the relative merits of the Ontario and BC approaches and considers the place for codes of conduct in British Columbia.

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