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New Integrity Commissioner for Kawartha Lakes introduced to Council

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Charles Harnick headshotKawartha Lakes – Charles A. Harnick, Integrity Commissioner for City of Kawartha Lakes, was introduced to Council during the Regular Council meeting on September 24, 2019. Charles will be supported by a team through ADR Chambers Inc., the largest private Alternative Dispute Resolution organization in Canada. ADR Chambers has operated an Office of the Integrity Commissioner since 2011 and provides Integrity Commissioner services to numerous municipal clients.

As Integrity Commissioner, Charles will provide written advice to Members of Council and local boards respecting their obligations under the Code of Conduct. Charles will also review and investigate complaints with a focus on resolving the issues.

Charles and the ADR Chambers team will endeavour to complete investigations of potential breaches to the Code of Conduct within 90 days.

To help Council more fully understand the Code of Conduct and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, an educational session will be held in the coming months and made available to the public. An annual report stating the number of cases addressed over the year, along with any recommendations to improve the complaint process or the Code of Conduct will also be provided by ADR Chambers.

For more information on the Integrity Commissioner, please visit the Accountability and Transparency webpages.

Contacting the Integrity Commissioner

Complaints, questions, and concerns that directly relate to the function of the Integrity Commissioner 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 at

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.

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