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Executive committee to debate councillor code of conduct
The integrity commissioner is recommending changes to regulations to help keep order at meetings
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The city's integrity commissioner wants more regulations in place to keep order at council meetings.

Janet Leiper is presenting a report to the executive meeting today, recommending changes to the councillor Code of Conduct.

She wants incoming councillors to sign a form on which they “solemnly declare” that they have read the code.

She also wants to add a paragraph that says councillors are not to "attack or demonize those who complain or do not agree."

Many councillors, though, say they don't think more detailed regulations are needed.

"You can get overregulated," says deputy mayor Norm Kelly, adding that the democratic system tends to be a "bumpier" ride.

Councillor Pam McConnell, who had a run-in with mayor Rob Ford during a meeting last year, agrees, saying that it should be up to all of her colleagues to behave.

"I think we need constraints by individual councillors to not go off their rocker," she says.

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The city's integrity commissioner wants more regulations in place to keep order at council meetings.

Janet Leiper is presenting a report to the executive meeting today, recommending changes to the councillor Code of Conduct.

She wants incoming councillors to sign a form on which they “solemnly declare” that they have read the code.

She also wants to add a paragraph that says councillors are not to "attack or demonize those who complain or do not agree."

Many councillors, though, say they don't think more detailed regulations are needed.

"You can get overregulated," says deputy mayor Norm Kelly, adding that the democratic system tends to be a "bumpier" ride.

Councillor Pam McConnell, who had a run-in with mayor Rob Ford during a meeting last year, agrees, saying that it should be up to all of her colleagues to behave.

"I think we need constraints by individual councillors to not go off their rocker," she says.

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