There could be another get together between Mayor Rob Ford and the city's integrity commissioner, Janet Leiper.
After hearing about residents in his ward getting robocalled by the Mayor, Coun. Paul Ainslie says he'll be making a complaint.
Municipal law expert John Mascarin says there are a few things that could warrant an investigation.
The Code of Conduct for Toronto City Council says you can't use city equipment for activities other than city business. So the question is, were these calls for city business?
Mascarin says maybe not. "The vote was already taken at council, so the robocalls could not have been for the purpose to solicit the public's support and gather people to call Councillor Ainslie and get him to vote for the subway."
There’s also the question of the upcoming election and whether or not these calls could be seen as campaigning, which Mascarin says you’re not allowed to do outside of an election period. Nor can you use any city phones or city equipment, he says.
Counc. Jaye Robinson says there’s no question. “Clearly, it’s campaigning,” she says, adding “The campaign doesn’t kick off until the New year.”
“I guess this administration feels the rules don’t apply to them.”
Mascarin says any Toronto resident can file a complaint with the integrity commissioner. If the mayor is found to be in breach, there are two forms of penalties available - a reprimand, which could be a public apology or a slap on the wrist at council and a suspension of pay for up to 90-days.
"Both I think rather lacking in forcefulness," he says. "I think they were probably mean to penalize in minor cases."
The mayor's office has not responded to requests for comment.