Groundhog Day: the Wiarton Willie Festival and the Scope of Municipal Conflicts of Interest Legislation
Big news in Québec at the moment is the attempt to remove the embattled mayor of Saint-Rémi. New legislation provides that elected municipal officials charged with certain criminal offences may be removed from office by a Superior Court judge. The judge has discretion in determining whether to remove the individual, which is a marked (and […] Read more
My previous posts on Rob Ford
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford won his appeal this morning, as I predicted. You can find my previous posts here: http://administrativelawmatters.blogspot.ca/2012/11/the-mayor-bias-procedural-fairness-and.html http://administrativelawmatters.blogspot.ca/2012/12/municipal-powers-another-look-at-ford.html http://administrativelawmatters.blogspot.ca/2013/01/mayor-ford-collateral-damage-from.html And a Financial Post op-ed here: http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/12/11/divisional-court-should-overturn-flawed-rob-ford-decision/ Read more
Mayor Ford: Collateral Damage from the Doctrine of Collateral Attack?
I have written quite a bit about the saga surrounding the removal from office of Toronto’s Mayor, Rob Ford: see here (principally on the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act), here (principally on the City of Toronto Act) and here (an overview of why the Divisional Court should allow Ford’s appeal). Hackland J.’s decision at first […] Read more
The Mayor, Bias, Procedural Fairness, and Democracy
Plenty of cyberink has already been spilled on the removal from office yesterday of Toronto mayor, Rob Ford. Hackland J.’s decision has aroused surprise, support, calls for reform of Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, and, worst of all, bad sporting metaphors. While Hackland J.’s conclusions and interpretive approach are perfectly respectable, I do not […] Read more