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January 27, 2010
Statement - Toronto withdraws charge against lobbyist
  
The City of Toronto today withdrew the charge that had been made against Darryl Jessop under the Lobbying Bylaw (City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 140). Mr. Jessop received the summons on April 22, 2009, which alleged he committed the offence of not providing information that is accurate and factual to public office holders.

The Lobbyist Registrar laid the original charge based on a determination that there were reasonable and probable grounds to believe that an offence had been committed.

The case was then turned over to City prosecutors for presentation in court. Following the prosecutor’s examination of the case, a determination was made that the case would not have a reasonable prospect of conviction, and therefore the charge has been withdrawn.

The Lobbyist Registrar helps ensure that Council's decision-making process is transparent, open and accountable to the public, and that lobbying activities are carried out ethically and with the highest standards. The City of Toronto has a Lobbyist Code of Conduct, registration requirements and other protocols to which Lobbyists must adhere when conducting business with City officials.

Any person who contravenes a provision of the bylaw is guilty of an offence and is liable on a first conviction to a fine of not more than $25,000 and on each subsequent conviction to a fine of not more than $100,000.

Since its opening in February 2008, the City's online Lobbyist Registry has received 1,394 lobbyist registrations and 2,855 subject matter registrations (once registered as a lobbyist, the individual registers each subject about which he or she is lobbying). More information about the Lobbyist Registrar is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lobbying.

The Lobbyist Registrar preserves confidentiality in carrying out her duties and will not discuss further details of the case.


 

 

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