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April 8, 2008
Toronto’s Lobbyist Registrar
  
Following implementation of the first municipal Lobbyist Registry in Canada, Marilyn Abraham the City’s Lobbyist Registrar has announced she will be leaving the City of Toronto.

Ms. Abraham joined the City of Toronto on April 2, 2007 and worked with City staff to establish the Lobbyist Registry. As part of the implementation of the Lobbyist Registry, several briefings were held with stakeholders to provide information on the new registry and a comprehensive website and communications plan was developed to ensure lobbyists were aware of the new Registry requirements. The Lobbyist Registry website address is: http://www.toronto.ca/lobbying/index.htm.

A selection process will be undertaken to select a new Lobbyist Registrar. Ms. Abraham will remain with the City until a new Registrar is appointed by Toronto City Council. Council will be asked to consider appointing a new Registrar by the end of June, 2008.

About the Registry

The City of Toronto Lobbyist Registry is first ever municipal registry in Canada and came into effect on February 11, 2008. This Registry means that those wishing to communicate with any City public office holder in a manner deemed as lobbying are required to register that communication. The Lobbyist Registry keeps track of who talks to whom about what, and makes that information available to the public online. Lobbying without registering is a by-law offence liable, upon conviction, for a fine of up to $25,000 in the case of the first offence and $100,000 for subsequent offences. In addition to the Lobbyist Registry the City of Toronto has other accountability offices including an Auditor General, Integrity Commissioner and will also be appointing an Ombudsperson.

The Registry includes:
  • Information about the lobbyist and the client, business or organization for which the lobbying is taking place

  • Subject matter of the lobbying activity to be undertaken

  • Name of the division or program of the City or local board the lobbyist expects to lobby

  • Name of the Member of Council or local board member or person on the member's staff the lobbyist expects to lobby

  • Communication methods that the lobbyist expects to use

  • Information about any elected, appointed or other senior City or local board position previously held by the lobbyist.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5277 (o), 416-919-6500 (c)


 

 

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