The Ontario Provincial Government is currently working to provide more guidance and update the regulations relating to requirements for Municipal Codes of Conduct. I am very much in support of this work and believe that a tightening and updating of our own Richmond Hill Code of Conduct is very much in order.
It is my understanding and expectation that the result of the recommendations from the provincial process will be enshrined in regulation and ultimately lead to a better Code of Conduct for all 444 Ontario municipalities, including Richmond Hill.
There are clear and very legitimate expectations from the public around behaviour, transparency and accountability of the elected representatives and these expectations must be met.
I would encourage everyone to participate in the provincial survey and the link to the webpage explaining all the details of this process can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-strengthening-accountability-municipal-council-members. The link to the survey is at the top part of this webpage and is open until July 15th.