http://www.yorkregion.com/news/local/article/889636–aurora-election-issues-integrityf The amount of spin is to be expected, but does a poor job of hiding what has transpired. When the very role of the Integrity Commissioner lacks integrity, you know your town is in trouble. Our Mayor who prides herself on introducing her flawed "code of ethics" which was mashed into a highly controversial "code of conduct" in which provisions are made to censor freedom of speech of those on council, has released about 20 videos to YouTube recently and has much to say on the topic. It is interesting how she agrees that integrity cannot be legislated, instead she focuses on the need for "accountability". There is an enlightening video from TVO back on June 17th 2010 titled : Accountability run amok, if you missed it I encourage you to watch it here: http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?97248485001 The underlying question is this: Scandals at the OLG and eHealth have cast a spotlight on government spending. Is the quest for government transparency getting in the way of good governance? In Aurora it sure has. All attempts to legislate integrity are exercises in futility, and we have witnessed an epic saga of this very futility unfold over the last 4 years. I am ashamed that a group of ethically void councilors and our Mayor would go to such an extent to ensure their wrath could be brought full bear against one of their own. Samuel Johnson had this to say about integrity :
"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." None of these gang members possess the requisite knowledge, integrity or community values to sit at the council table. They have proven undeserving of the privilege and I for one will make sure they are held accountable on Oct 25th.