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City of Winnipeg employees need whistleblower protection measures, says the union representing the city's professional staff and middle managers. The Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers (WAPSO) is calling on Mayor Sam Katz and council to pass whistleblower protection laws similar to those that apply to Manitoba government employees.
In a letter sent to Katz and councillors earlier this month, WAPSO president Andrew Weremy says having such protection in place could save the city money and embarrassment. Weremy said "recent events" suggest the city does not have an open environment in which employees feel they can raise concerns.
The former chief administrator for the town of Clarence-Rockland is suing the embattled mayor in a $350,000 defamation claim for posting private documents online and falsely accusing him of criminal acts during a police investigation into possible corruption.
In the statement of claim, filed at the Elgin Street courthouse, Daniel Gatien alleges that Rockland Mayor Marcel Guibord wrongly implicated him in an online letter he refused to delete even after the town’s top executive got two legal opinions warning the municipality that such a posting could expose them to a civil suit. (The Citizen has obtained copies of the internal legal opinions.)
The signs said it all, a distillation of both a message and a mood: “Do what is best for our city.” “Where is your pride?” “Do the right thing, step down.” “We want out town back.”
Such was the message that greeted Clarence-Rockland Mayor Marcel Guibord and his fellow council members, Diane Choinière and Guy Félio at a raucous council meeting Monday evening. At least 300 people crowded into the Bourget Community Centre to demand, in one fashion or another, that they recuse themselves from council while they face criminal charges.
Mayor Marcel Guibord pulled into the Ontario Provincial Police station at 9:28 a.m. Wednesday, got out of his blue Lexus sedan and started taking pictures of the news photographers assigned to cover his official booking on a breach-of-trust charge following a two-year political corruption probe.
After he posed for a mugshot and was fingerprinted, the 66-year-old Guibord, mayor of Clarence-Rockland since 2010, exited the OPP’s Kanata detachment and told the photographers to have a good day. Guibord, Coun. Guy Félio, 55, Coun. Diane Choinière, 54, and lawyer Stephane Lalonde, 47, have each been charged with breach of trust by a public officer, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison if convicted.
At its last regular meeting, August 20, Wetaskiwin county council voted six-to-one in favour of adopting the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower protection) Act by the Alberta Municipal Affairs.
The county received a letter from Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs, Doug Griffiths, that let the public know that the new Public Interest Disclosure Act came into order on June 1, 2013.
Thousands of Ottawa city employees suddenly found themselves unable to exchange emails this week with reporters covering city hall, a move that had the primary effect of cutting off access to public information.
After an outcry Thursday morning, the policy was scrapped on the order of Mayor Jim Watson. “As the Mayor has requested, restrictions on email access for City of Ottawa staff will be lifted by end of day today,” said an emailed statement from the city’s communications department.
The provincial government is putting the City of Laval into trusteeship. Mayor Alexandre Duplessis said Friday that he has agreed to allow the province to oversee the city's business until November 2013.
Duplessis said that he would complete his mandate as interim mayor but would likely not run for re-election in the upcoming November election. He also refuted testimony made at the Charbonneau Commission Thursday suggesting that almost all city councillors served as figureheads for illegal political contributions, including himself.
Ontario Provincial Police anti-rackets detectives are looking to question Rockland’s mayor and two councillors as part of their investigation into an alleged conspiracy to oust the town’s manager from office.
Detectives went to Rockland Town Hall on May 22, but as yet have not been able to interview Mayor Marcel Guibord or councillors Guy Félio and Diane Choinière. They have interviewed the mayor’s former business partner and lawyer, Stéphane Lalonde.
Up until Thursday, the role of organized crime in Quebec’s seemingly endless saga of corruption was played by Mafiosi who rigged construction contracts and stuffed the profits in their socks.
Now, following an early-morning police sweep that led to the arrest of former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt and 36 others, prosecutors are alleging that the people running city hall in Quebec’s third-largest municipality were gangsters.