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June 25, 2008
Linda L. Gehrke appointed Toronto’s new Lobbyist Registrar
  
Today, City Council appointed Linda L. Gehrke as the City’s new Lobbyist Registrar, effective August 1, 2008. The Registrar leads and manages the City’s lobbyist control framework, including the lobbyist registry. Ms. Gehrke will help to ensure Council’s decision-making process is transparent, open and accountable to the public, and lobbying activities are carried out ethically and with the highest standards.

Ms. Gehrke, a lawyer, has a very broad background in administrative law and dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration and significant experience with tribunals. She began her career with and has always maintained a significant interest in the community and public service.

Ms. Gehrke has served as a Vice-Chair of Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal since 1998. She also acts as a delegate of the Complaints Resolution Commissioner of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is a Vice-President of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals and Chair of its Professional Development Committee. Ms. Gehrke lectures in administrative law and designs and facilitates workshops, conferences and training programs for administrative tribunals.

“Ms. Gehrke will play a critical role in continuing implementation of the first municipal lobbyist registry in Canada,” said Mayor David Miller. “Toronto’s new Lobbyist Registrar will have the benefit of lessons learned from the registry’s first five months of operation to further her work.”

Ms. Gehrke takes over the position from Marilyn Abraham, the City’s first Lobbyist Registrar, who launched the registry and developed and enforced a Lobbyist Code of Conduct.

The Lobbyist Registrar, an independent officer reporting to City Council, is one component of the City’s accountability framework required under the City of Toronto Act. The others are the Auditor General, the Integrity Commissioner and the Ombudsperson.

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 contacts:
Don Wanagas, Director of Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller, 416 338-7134, dwanagas@toronto.ca;
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149, randrus@toronto.ca


 

 

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