Mayor Miller comments on conclusion of OPP's Bellamy inquiry investigation|
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"I want to thank Chief Bill Blair and the Ontario Provincial Police for their consideration of this matter.
"While the investigation recommends no formal charges, the scandal and the resulting inquiries shed light on a truly regrettable breach of the public trust that should never have happened.
"I'm proud that prior to or since 2005 when Madame Justice Bellamy's comprehensive report was released, the City has reviewed or acted on all 241 recommendations. Action to implement five outstanding recommendations will be completed by the end of this year.
"Among steps taken to date:
- Tougher lobbying guidelines and controls through the introduction of a Lobbying By-law, Lobbyist Registry and Lobbyist Registrar.
- Strengthening of the City's Purchasing Policy.
- The introduction of the Toronto Public Service Guide for City employees, which includes strong guidance on staff ethics.
- More than 2,000 senior management have participated in the City's Mission, Values and Ethics workshop.
- The introduction of the policy framework for Toronto's accountability officers.
- The implementation of a Management Controls Checklist for staff involved in procurement and strengthening the ability of staff to make recommendations free of political influence.
- The introduction of the I&T Division Transformation Project
The activities that are in process or planned for the future to address the outstanding recommendations include:
- A review of the application of City policies to Members and their staff.
- Revising the employee Conflict of Interest Policy to address staff publicly stating their views about organizations with which the City does business.
- Exploring a process to screen vendors on ethical issues.
- A review of expense claims policies for City employees related to off-site meals taken with commercial suppliers in the course of their duties.
- A review of the resource requirements of the I&T Division Contract Management Office."
NB: Mayor Miller is not available for further comment.
For more information:
Stuart Green, Deputy Director of Communications
Office of Mayor David Miller