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Accountability and Transparency

This City of Kawartha Lakes is committed to conducting business in an open, transparent and accountable way. We make every effort to provide you and the community with as much information as possible while protecting the privacy rights of individuals. If you cannot find what you are looking for contact the appropriate department or the Office of the City Clerk.

Integrity Commissioner

The Integrity Commissioner ensures all Members of Council follow the Code of Conduct for Members of Council and handles matters when a section of the code is violated. They are required by the Municipal Act and are responsible for performing in an independent manner the following functions:

  1. The application of the code of conduct for members of council and the code of conduct for members of local boards.
  2. The application of any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality and local boards governing the ethical behaviour of members of council and of local boards.
  3. The application of sections 5, 5.1 and 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to members of council and of local boards.
  4. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the code of conduct applicable to the member.
  5. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under a procedure, rule or policy of the municipality or of the local board, as the case may be, governing the ethical behaviour of members.
  6. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
  7. The provision of educational information to members of council, members of local boards, the municipality and the public about the municipality’s codes of conduct for members of council and members of local boards and about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

Contacting the Integrity Commissioner

Complaints, questions, and concerns that directly relate to the function of the Integrity Comissioner (see above) must be made in writing to:

Charles Harnick
c/o Kim Cook ADR Chambers
180 Duncan Mill Road
4th Floor
Toronto, ON  M3B 1Z6

You may also email the Integrity Commissioner directly.

General complaints, Municipal Law Enforcement concerns, Closed Meeting Investigations, and complaints about staff may be filed online and are not the responsibility of the Integrity Commissioner.

Kawartha Lakes Integrity Commissioner: Charles Harnick

Charles Harnick is the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Kawartha Lakes. He is an investigator, mediator, and arbitrator with ADR Chambers.

From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Harnick served as Attorney General of Ontario and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs.  He was an elected member of the Ontario Legislature from 1990 to 1999.

Mr. Harnick is a principal at Counsel Public Affairs, one of Ontario’s pre-eminent government relations practices, and is the Senior Adjudicative Officer of the General Insurance Ombudservice, an independent service that adjudicates disputes between consumers and member insurance companies.

Mr. Harnick is responsible for the creation of the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and Legal Aid Ontario. He was instrumental in bringing the major legal organizations in Ontario together with paralegal organizations, culminating in legislation that has made the Law Society of Ontario the regulator of paralegal activities.

Mr. Harnick was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and in 2005 he was awarded the Law Society Medal for his significant contribution to the practice of law.

Notably, Mr. Harnick was a member of the committee responsible for the inception of the Members Integrity Act, 1994. A committee that was chaired by Gregory Evans, the former Chief Justice of the High court of Ontario and Ontario’s first Integrity Commissioner.

Conflict of Interest Registry

Changes to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act require that municipalities create and maintain a public registry of all declarations of pecuniary interest made by members of Council and local boards.

 2019 Declared Conflicts of Interest

Councillor/Board Member

Meeting

Agenda Item and

Subject Matter

Date Declared

Reasoning

A. Veale

February 12, 2019

Committee of the Whole

Item 6.1.2
Sale of City Owned Property – Portion of Elgin Park, Lindsay

02/11/2019

“I will be declaring a pecuniary interest in item 6.1.2 as I am employed by the business at 150 Angeline St North”

A. Veale

February 19, 2019

Regular Council

Item 12.1.6 and 12.1.7

Surplus Declaration and Sale of City Owned Property – Portion of Elgin Park

02/19/2019

“I am employed by business at 150 Angeline St. N. who currently leases the section in question, and wishes to purchase”

J. Willock

June 27, 2019

Planning Advisory Committee

Item 3.2
Moore Zoning By-law Amendment

06/27/2019

“I am going to declare a conflict with Moore’s application; they are a client”

J. Willock

September 11, 2019

Planning Advisory Committee

Item 3.3

Moore Zoning By-law Amendment

09/11/2019

“Relationship with Client on Application D06-2019-014”

M. Barkwell

October 9, 2019 Planning Advisory Committee

Item 3.6

Muskoka D & M Corp Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

10/09/2019

“I represent the developer of this project as the sales representative with ReMax All-Stars Brokerage Inc.”

S. Richardson

November 13, 2019

Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Committee

Item 5.5 (8) relating to the Royal Canadian Legion

11/13/2019

“I am a member and on the Board Executive”

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