Integrity commissioner presents findings to MV council

BARRY’S BAY – Guy Gionrno, the integrity commissioner for Madawaska Valley Township, presented three reports to council at the regular meeting on August 13. Two of the reports dealt with complaints that he had inherited from the previous integrity commissioner. He started with the first report, which contained no identifiable individuals since he had not finalized or made any recommendations in the report. “In parallel to the Code of Conduct complaint, there has been a human rights proceeding,” Giorno said. “As a result of that proceeding, I have received correspondence from the township’s solicitor that as a result of the settlement of the human right’s proceeding, the integrity commissioner’s complaint has been settled also.” This has caused him concern since the integrity commissioner is independent of council. “I am going to continue with this complaint despite the fact that there is a parallel human rights proceeding,” he said. “At least one of parties to the complaint does not agree to suspend it for the human rights proceeding. So I hope to address this complaint in short order.” Next up was Giorno’s finalized report on a complaint made by former Lakeshore Tennis Club President Beverly Moore on comments made by Councillor Shelley Maika at a November 3, 2016 finance and administration committee. Moore subsequently filed a Code of Conduct complaint with the integrity commissioner. To read the full story, pick up a copy of the August 15, 2018 Valley Gazette.