He's still the mayor

Ontario Superior Court of Justice says Rob Ford did not contravene Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Rob Ford is still mayor of Toronto.

In a decision released this morning, a panel of three judges from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that Ford did not contravene the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and therefore threw out a lower court’s order to remove the mayor from office.

The justices also dismissed the original complaint filed by Paul Magder and assisted by activist Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler.

The original complaint stems from a 2010 incident from when Ford was a city councillor and he voted on a motion to reopen discussion of a Integrity Commissioner’s report that found Ford should repay $3,150 he received for his football foundation from lobbyists and those who regularly do business with the city.

In November, Justice Charles Hackland found that Ford’s actions did run afoul of the provincial act and gave Ford 14 days to vacate the mayor’s chair. Hackland’s order was stayed pending appeal, allowing Ford to remain in office until a higher court could review the case.

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By: Town Crier Staff
Posted: Jan 25 2013 11:05 am
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto