Councillors have decided to take a strong stance against one of their own - Giorgio Mammoliti.
They voted 37-2 in favour of a report by the integrity commissioner that concluded the councillor violated the code of conduct by accepting a "gift" of $80,000 after a fundraiser was held for him last year.
The integrity commissioner, Janet Leiper, says the money came in the form of two cheques from the company that ran the event, money raised through ticket sales.
Mammoliti argues the event was of a personal nature, but there has been controversy over the guest list as some of those paying $500-a-plate were city hall lobbyists.
The councillor is being docked three months' of pay. In addition to that, the city will hire a solicitor to look at whether the issue should be referred to the police.
"We regard the integrity of council and each member of council in very high regard," councillor Joe Mihevc says of the message sent to Mammoliti. "If anyone thinks they can flaunt the rules and do the kinds of things that councillor Mammoliti is charged with doing, they're wrong. We will not tolerate is as council."
Councillor Mike Layton became animated when he argued that action had to be taken against Mammoliti.
"Money changed hands," Layton emphasized.
Mammoliti continues to defend himself, arguing that he did not break policy. He says he will fight tonight's vote in court.
He told reporters that he will not be "scared off" by council's decision.
"I will do my job here. I will not shut up," Mammoliti said.