Use this tool to search for sample advice and case summaries.

The sample advice and summaries are taken from the Office’s annual reports and investigation reports to Council. The full summaries of reports can be viewed by clicking on the title of each entry in the search results.

The tool contains information from 2014 to present. We are working to include all other available data. To review information prior to 2014, please review the Annotated Code of Conduct for Members of Council.

The tool is for convenience only and does not replace full reports or advice from the Integrity Commissioner for a member’s particular circumstances.

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For a listing of the Article numbers and their corresponding titles, please review the codes of conduct for members of Council, members of local boards (restricted definition) and members of adjudicative boards.

 

Type Subject (Member of) Year Summary & Link to Report
Advice Council 2014-2015

Spouse’s Employment with a City Stakeholder

A member sought advice about Code of Conduct or MCIA issues that may arise because of their membership on a particular Council committee and their spouse’s employment with a City stakeholder.

Keywords: MCIA, Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), spouse, Article V (Use of Confidential Information)

Advice Council 2014-2015

Providing Employment Reference for a Former Colleague

A member sought advice about whether the member could provide an employment reference for a former colleague.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), reference letter

Advice Council 2014-2015

Donating a Personal Item for Use at a Charity Event

A member sought advice about donating a personal item for use at a charitable event.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2014-2015

Co-Hosting a Fundraising Event

A member sought advice about whether it was permissible to co-host a fundraising event for a non-profit organization.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), fundraising, community events

Advice Council 2014-2015

Holding a Position on a Non-Profit Board

A member sought advice about whether it would be permissible to accept a position on the board of directors for a non-profit organization that uses City resources.

Keywords: conflict of duty, Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2015

Dealing with MCIA interests Outside of Meetings

A member sought advice about best practices for dealing with constituent inquiries relating to a matter for which the Councillor had a pecuniary interest as defined by the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA).

Keywords: MCIA

Advice Adjudicative Board 2015

Outside Employment

A member of an adjudicative board sought advice about whether it was permissible to work in the office of an elected official from another order of government.

Keywords: outside activities

Advice Council 2015

Writing a Reference Letter for a Personal Friend

A member sought advice about writing a character reference for a long-time friend.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), reference letter

Advice Council 2015

Councillor’s Role in Relation to Fundraising for a Non-Profit Organization

A member sought advice on the proper role of a councillor in relation to fundraising for a non-profit organization.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Article VI (Use of City Property, Services and Other Resources), fundraising

Advice Council 2015

Hosting of an All Candidates Debate for the Federal Election

A member sought advice about whether it would be permissible to host an all-candidates’ debate for the federal election in the Councillor’s riding.

Keywords: Article VII (Election Campaign Work), Article XV (Failure to Adhere to Council Policies and Procedures)

Advice Adjudicative Board 2016

Appearing before One’s Own Board

A member of an adjudicative board sought advice about taking a position with respect to their neighbour’s application.

Keywords: Article XVI (Independent Nature of Adjudicative Boards)

Advice Local Board 2016

Volunteer Contributions become Paid Services

A board member sought advice about how to deal with a situation that involved a board decision about certain services that would impact the member’s prior volunteer contributions of the same services.

Keywords: MCIA

Advice Adjudicative Board 2016

Receiving a Thank You Note

An adjudicative board member sought advice about how to respond to a thank you email received from a party after a hearing.

Keywords: Article XVI (Independent Nature of Adjudicative Boards), Article VI (Communications with Adjudicative Boards)

Advice Council 2016

An Unusual Donation to a Councillor-Organized Community Event

A member sought advice about whether it was permissible to accept an in-kind donation of water bottles from a local business for the member’s community event. The water bottles had the local business’ logo on them.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits), Community Events, Article XV (Failure to Adhere to City Policies)

Advice Council 2016

Dealing with Abuse on Social Media

A member sought advice about whether it was permissible to block anonymous social media users who engage in harassing conduct towards the Councillor.

Keywords: Dealing with difficult behaviour, social media

Advice Council 2016

Raising Awareness of a Local Fundraising Event on Twitter

A member sought advice about whether it would be permissible to distribute information about a local fundraising event through the Councillor’s Twitter account in order to promote the event.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Social Media

Advice Council 2016

Involvement in a Decision near a Councillor’s Home

A member sought advice about whether the Councillor’s office could facilitate a local resident’s petition for traffic calming measures in an area that could affect traffic at the Councillor’s home.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2016

Managing a Staff Member’s Potential Conflict

A member sought advice about avoiding any apparent or actual conflicts of interest relating to a planning application in the member’s ward as a family member of the Councillor’s staff worked for the project proponent.

Keywords: MCIA, members’ staff duties

Advice Council 2016

Dealing with Unsolicited, Anonymous Gifts

A member sought advice after unsolicited holiday gifts from unknown donors were sen to the Councillor’s office.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits)

Advice Council 2016

Request to Assist a City of Toronto Employee

A member sought advice about a constituent and City staffer who requested assistance with an application to be transferred to a different work location that was closer to home.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Article XII (Conduct Respecting Staff)

Advice Adjudicative Board 2017

Engaging in Political Activities

A member of an adjudicative board sought advice about to what extent they could become involved in a campaign respecting a community issue.

Keywords: outside activities, Article XVI (Independent Nature of Adjudicative Boards)

Advice Local Board 2017

Sitting on the Board of a Major Stakeholder

A board member asked whether it was permissible to sit on the board of a major stakeholder organization of the local board.

Keywords: outside activities, conflict of duties

Advice Local Board 2017

Sitting on the Board of a Possible Stakeholder Organization

A board member sought advice about how to meet the obligations of the Code of Conduct and MCIA respecting their duties as a board member of a corporation that could possibly be impacted by decisions of the local board.

Keywords: MCIA, conflict of duties

Advice Local Board 2017

Providing Services to the Local Board

A board member sought advice about whether they could maintain their role as both board member and provider of services to the board.

Keywords: Article IX (Business Relations), conflict of duties

Advice Adjudicative Board 2017

Attending another Board Meeting as an Observer

A member of the Committee of Adjustment sought advice about attending a hearing of the Toronto Local Appeal Body as an observer, regarding a property that the member lives near.

Keywords: Article XVI (Independent Nature of Adjudicative Boards)

Advice Local Board 2017

Seeking Employment with an Organization Overseen by the Board

A board member sought advice about whether they could apply for a job with the City organization for which she served as a board member.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2017

Promotion of Fundraising Campaign in an E-Newsletter

A member sought advice about whether they could include information in their e-newsletter about a volunteer and fundraising initiative for a hospital for which they had no personal connection.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), fundraising

Advice Council 2017

Managing Constituent Concerns when Conflict of Interest Present

A member sought advice about how to manage constituent concerns about a property near the Councillor’s home.

Keywords: MCIA

Advice Council 2017

Providing a Reference Letter for a Developer

A member sought advice about whether it was permissible to provide a generic letter of reference to a developer to use in another municipality.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Reference Letter

Advice Council 2017

Attendance at TLAB Hearings

A member sought advice about whether it was permissible to attend and observe a TLAB hearing.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), TLAB attendance

Advice Council 2017

Attending a Fundraiser for a Provincial Election Candidate

A member sought advice about whether they could attend a provincial candidate’s fundraising event.

Keywords: Article VII (Election Campaign Work)

Advice Council 2017

Invitation to Attend a Developer’s Marketing Event

A member sought advice about if they could accept an invitation from a developer to attend an open house regarding an upcoming development proposal.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2017

Appearance at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

A member sought advice about whether they could appear at the OMB to make representations regarding a land-use planning matter in their ward.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2017

Referrals to a local business

A member sought advice about how to respond to a local business’ request that the Councillor refer constituents to the local business.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2017

Sponsored Travel Declarations

Several councillors sought advice about whether they could accept sponsored travel from conference organizers and other governments prior to travelling.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits)

Advice Council 2018

Engagement with a Development in Close Proximity to a Member’s Home

A member sought advice about the role they could play with respect to a proposed development near their home.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), MCIA, ethical wall

Advice Council 2018

Providing Letters of Support to Constituents

A member sought advice about providing a letter of support to an individual whom the councillor had never met.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Reference Letter Policy

Advice Council 2018

Claims against the City

A member inquired about the role that members can play to assist a resident pursue a legal claim against the City.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2018

Providing Letters of Support for City-Issued Grants

A member sought advice about whether it would be a conflict of interest to provide a letter of support to a group applying for City-issued grants.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Advice Council 2018

Personal Interest in a Ward Development

A member sought advice about how to advise a staff member who wished to register for information about a rental unit in a planned development in the Councillor’s ward. The staff member learned about the registration opportunity in the course of dealings with the office.

Keywords: Human Resources Management and Ethical Framework for Councillors’ Staff

Advice Council 2018

Accepting an Honorarium

A member sought advice about whether or not he could accept an honorarium for attending an event at which he was speaking in his capacity as Councillor.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits)

Advice Council 2018

Participating in Fundraising Initiatives

A member sought advice about whether ot not they could participate in a fundraising auction (“Coffee with the Councillor”) for a not-for-profit group.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), fundraising

Advice Council 2018

Receiving Unsolicited Business Proposals

A member sought advice about how they could assist a constituent who approached the Councillor with a new business venture that the constituent believed could have a broad application across the City.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Article XV (Failure to Adhere to City Policies and Procedures)

Advice Council 2018

Receiving Unsolicited Gifts

A member sought advice about how to forfeit a small unsolicited monetary gift that was received from an unknown sender.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits)

Advice Council 2018

Member-Organized Community Events

A member sought advice about accepting a donation for a Member-Organized Community Event.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits); Council Member-Organized Community Events Policy

Advice Council 2018

Communicating with Constituents during an Election Period

A member sought advice about whether it was permissible to send out a communication to residents advising about the ward in which the member planned to run after a ward boundary review.

Keywords: Article VII (Election Campaign Work)

Advice Council 2018

Receiving Campaign/Election Communications at City Hall

A member sought advice about how to respond to communications received at City Hall from residents regarding the election campaign.

Keywords: Article VII (Election Campaign Work)

Advice Council 2018

Using a Photo of City Hall for Election-Related Purposes

A member sought advice about using a photo of the Councillor in front of City Hall for his campaign literature.

Keywords: Article VII (Election Campaign Work)

Advice Local Board 2018

Accepting a Conference Invitation

A board member sought advice about whether they could accept a complimentary pass to attend a conference.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits)

Advice Local Board 2018

Providing Services to the Board

A board member sought advice about whether if was permissible for their business to bid on a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by their Board.

Keywords: Article IX (Business Relations)

Advice Local Board 2018

Member’s Employer is the Board’s Landlord

A board member sought advice about how to manage a potential conflict of interest. The member is a representative on the Board for their employer which is an organization that leases office space to the Board.

Keywords: Article IX (Business Relations)

Advice Adjudicative Board 2018

Accepting an Honorarium

A member of an adjudicative board sought advice about whether they could accept an honorarium for their volunteer work for a City-organized event.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits)

Advice Local Board 2018

Working with a Spouse

A board member sought advice about about whether their spouse, who is currently an employee of the same Board, could apply to be a member of the Board.

Keywords: MCIA, Article VIII (Use of Influence), Article IX (Business Relations)

Advice Local Board 2018

Running for Elected Office

A board member sought advice about member obligations when running for elected office.

Keywords: City’s Public Appointments Policy, Article VII (Election Campaign Work)

Advice Local Board 2018

Engaging with Political Campaigns

A board member sought advice about engaging with political campaigns in a personal capacity by volunteering for a councillor’s re-election campaign.

Keywords: Article VII (Election Campaign Work)

Case Summary Council 2014-2015

Dealing with a Neighbourhood Dispute (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member violated the Code of Conduct by failing to properly represent the complainant’s interests in relation to an ongoing dispute between the complainant and their neighbours.

Keywords: manner of representation, ward matters

Case Summary Council 2014-2015

Conduct during Media Interviews (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member violated the Code of Conduct for the manner in which the member portrayed themselves in a media interview.

Keywords: insufficient information

Case Summary Council 2015

Use of Social Media during the Election (Dismissed at Intake)

A complaint was made against several members of Council who were running in the municipal election for the manner in which the members used Facebook and/or Twitter during the election period.

Keywords: social media use

Case Summary Council 2015

Conduct of a Non-Councillor Candidate (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a non-councillor candidate violated the Code of Conduct by stealing other candidates’ election signs and promised to provide additional services to the neighbourhood in exchange for the complainant’s silence.

Keywords: Jurisdiction over candidates

Case Summary Local Board 2015

Member Conduct at Meetings (Dismissed at Intake)

A member of a local board filed a complaint about other board members, alleged that their actions had prevented the complainant from being able to speak up or raise issues.

Keywords: insufficient information

Case Summary Council 2016

Alleged Contravention of the Code Preamble (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a councillor’s conduct failed to “uphold the spirit and letter” of the Toronto Municipal Code and thereby contravened the Preamble to the Code of Conduct.

Keywords: Preamble

Case Summary Council 2016

Discreditable Conduct: Social Media Use (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member contravened the Code of Conduct by posting a Tweet that contained alleged inflammatory information about individuals.

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Case Summary Council 2016

Discreditable Conduct: Letter to Organization (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member contravened the Code of Conduct when they sent a letter to an organization requesting that the organization cease certain activities.

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Case Summary Council 2017

Theft of Intellectual Property (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a former member contravened the Code of Conduct for when they used the complainant’s idea for a new program at a City agency without the complainant’s authorization.

Keywords: Article V (Confidential Information), Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Article IX (Business Relations), Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct), former members of Council

Case Summary Local Board 2017

Failure to Follow Local Board and City Policies (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a board member contravened the Code of Conduct for actions taken in relation to a building owned by the member.

Keywords: Article XV (Failure to Adhere to Council or Local Board Policies or Procedures), Non-Code of Conduct matters

Case Summary Adjudicative Boards 2017

Failure to Follow Local Board and City Policies (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that members of an adjudicative board contravened the Code of Conduct on the basis of decisions rendered in their capacities as members of a City Tribunal by failing to correctly interpret and apply the City’s Official Plan and other published information.

Keywords: Article XVIII (Failure to Adhere to Council or Adjudicative Board Policies and Procedures); adjudicative tribunal decisions

Case Summary Council 2017

Lack of Constituency Representation (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member contravened the Code of Conduct by failing to take actions supporting the complainant’s position on a matter before City Council.

Keywords: Dissatsifaction with manner of representation

Case Summary Council 2018

Inappropriate Comments at a Meeting (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member contravened the Code of Conduct because of the manner in which the Councillor responded to the complainant at a Community Council meeting.

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Case Summary Council 2018

Inappropriate Use of Social Media (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member contravened the Code of Conduct by tweeting a disrespectful photo that was profane and provocative

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Case Summary Council 2018

Assistance with Constituent’s Complaint to Police (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member contravened the Code of Conduct when they assisted another constituent to make a complaint about the complainant to the police.

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), insufficient information

Case Summary Council 2018

Failure to Respond to Complainant Concerns (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member contravened the Code of Conduct due to the manner in which the Councillor responded (or failed to respond) to the complainant’s concerns regarding certain property standards and bylaw issues adjacent to the complainant’s home.

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct), Article XV (Failure to Adhere to Council Policies and Procedures), Article XVI (Reprisals and Obstruction), dissatisfaction with manner of representation

Case Summary Council 2018

Member Conduct at Meeting (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that two members contravened the Code of Conduct because one Councillor was disrespectful and the other failed to deal with the complainant objectively.

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct), jurisdiction over meetings

Case Summary Council 2018

Failure to Advocate (Dismissed at Intake)

A complainant alleged that a member and their staff contravened the Code of Conduct by failing to advocate on the complainant’s behalf.

Keywords: insufficient information, manner of representation

Case Summary Council 2018

Receipt of Improper Gifts or Benefits (Dismissed at Intake)

An accountability officer requested an inquiry into whether two members contravened the Code of Conduct on the basis of documents received from an anonymous complainant.

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits), Article XII (Conduct Respecting Staff), Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Report Summary Council 2015

CC9.4 Report Regarding Conduct of Then-Mayor Rob Ford

A councillor filed a complaint alleging that the Mayor contravened the Code of Conduct when he ran across the Council Chambers and knocked her over.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article XI (Conduct at Meetings), Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Report Summary Council 2015

CC5.8 Report Regarding Conduct of Then-Mayor Rob Ford

A member of the public filed a complaint alleging that the Mayor contravened the Code of Conduct when he used racial slurs in two separate incidents.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Report Summary Council 2016

CC23.8 Report Regarding the Conduct of Former Councillor Doug Ford

Three members of the public filed complaints alleging that a councillor contravened the Code of Conduct with regards his interactions with City officials in relation to two companies.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article IV (Gifts and Benefits), Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Report Summary Council 2016

CC20.2 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillor Mark Grimes

A member of the public filed a complaint alleging a councillor contravened the Code of Conduct in relation to his role and comments made to Council regarding Section 37 funds for a condominium project and regarding his participation in a promotional video for a condominium project.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article XV (Failure to Adhere to Council Policies and Procedures), Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Article XII (Conduct Respecting Staff), Article IV (Gifts and Benefits), Article VI (Use of CIty Property, Services and Other Resources)

Report Summary Council 2016

CC19.15 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Parking Enforcement)

A member of the public filed a complaint alleging that a councillor contravened the Code of Conduct because of a series of interactions he had with the complainant’s family in relation to a parking issue.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Report Summary Council 2016

CC12.5 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillor Jim Karygiannis

A member of the public filed a complaint alleging that a councillor contravened the Code of Conduct when he confronted the complainant, her parents and and an Uber driver.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct)

Report Summary Council 2016

CC12.4 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillor Rob Ford

A member of the public filed a complaint alleging that a councillor contravened the Code of Conduct because his constituency newsletter included an advertisement for a campaign fundraiser.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article VI (Use of City Property, Services and Other Resources), Article VII (Election Campaign Work), Article XV (Failure to Adhere to Council Policies and Procedures)

Report Summary Council 2016

CC28.7 Report Regarding the Conduct of Mayor John Tory

A member of the public filed a complaint alleging that the Mayor contravened the Code of Conduct for allegedly improperly preferring and supporting Uber through public statements and by moving a motion at a City Council meeting to defer consideration of a staff report regarding amendments to standard taxicab regulations.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Article IX (Business Relations), Article X (Conduct Regarding Current and Prospective Employment)

Report Summary Council & Local Board 2017

CC28.7 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillors Jon Burnside and John Campbell and a Member of the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena Board of Management

A member of the public filed a complaint alleging that two councillors and the Chair of the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena Board of Management contravented their respective Codes of Conduct when they participated in a decision to approve a sign bylaw amendment in relation to a sign at the Arena.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article XV (Failure to Adhere to Council Policies and Procedures)

Report Summary Council 2017

CC28.6 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillor Josh Matlow

The CEO of Transit Alliance filed a complaint alleging that a councillor contravened the Code of Conduct when he made statements in a radio interview about the City’s Executive Director of Strategic and Corporate Policy.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article XII (Conduct Respecting Staff)

Report Summary Council 2018

CC43.7 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillor Josh Matlow

The CEO of the Toronto Transit Commissioner (TTC) filed a complaint alleging that a councillor contravened the Code of Conduct when he made statements in a radio interview and at the City’s Audit Committee and City Council meetings questioning his integrity and that of the TTC staff in relation to the Scarborough LRT briefing note. The Commissioner found that the Councillor contravened the Code of Conduct.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article XII (Conduct Respecting Staff)

Report Summary Council 2018

CC43.6 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillor John Filion

The Auditor General requested an inquiry into whether a councillor contravened the Code of Conduct on the basis of an anonymous letter her office received that alleged that the Councillor was involved in improperly referring matters to a particular development consultant.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence)

Report Summary Council 2018

CC43.5 Report Regarding the Conduct of Councillor Michael Thompson

A councillor filed two complaints alleging that another councillor contravened the Code of Conduct when he made or directed his staff to make inquiries on behalf of a company whose principal he is friends with and when he subsequently spread rumours about the complainant as an act of retaliation for the first complaint.

Council Decision

Keywords: Article VIII (Improper Use of Influence), Article XIV (Discreditable Conduct), Article XVI (Reprisals and Obstruction)