Council Code of Conduct

​Rule No. 9

Transparency & Openness in Decision Making and Member's Duties


       1.   Members shall endeavour to conduct and convey Council business and all their duties in an

             open and transparent manner other than for those decisions which by virtue of legislation

             are authorized to be dealt with in a confidential manner in closed session, so that

             stakeholders can view the process and rationale which was used to reach decisions, and the

             reasons for taking certain actions.


Various statutes, City by-laws, policies and procedures, as well as, decisions of courts and quasi-judicial tribunals form the basis of decisions made by City Council.  Unless prohibited by legislation of by-law, Members of Council should clearly identify to the public how a decision was reached and upon which law, procedure and policy their decision was based.