Did you expect anything else?
Local job creator Rob Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) may not be mayor anymore, but he keeps the City’s integrity commissioner busy with a full slate of work.
Integrity Commissioner Valerie Jepson found Ford in violation of the City’s code of conduct after investigating a complaint that the councillor used his constituency newsletter to raise campaign funds.
Does it sound familiar that Rob Ford used office resources for private purposes, despite being told what the rules are? Well yes, because by this point, we’ve lost track of how many times he has been in this situation. Hey, fish are gonna swim, birds are gonna fly, and Rob Ford’s gonna violate council’s code of conduct.
The integrity commissioner also added a $900 fine with her wag of the finger, which docks three days’ worth of pay from the councillor.
This is an unusual recommendation, because most of the time accountability officers give public officials the benefit of the doubt that they acted in good faith. But Jepson writes: “A penalty that contains a component of deterrence is warranted because a prior clear warning has been insufficient to correct Councillor Ford’s behaviour.”
Council will vote on the item at next week’s meeting, which begins Wednesday.