Judicial Review Of Integrity Commissioner Report Still On The Table

Ward 3 councillor Rino Bortolin's lawyer David McNevin says a judicial review of the Integrity Commissioner's findings is still an option.

Bortolin was found to have violated council's code of conduct by disparage council's decision making process and falsely suggesting a rape had occurred in a downtown alley in comments made to the media in October.

Integrity Commissioner Bruce Elman made his recommendations to city council on Monday night which included a public apology in council chambers.

McNevin says he'll look to speed up the process for a judicial review ahead of the next council meeting in June, should his client wish.


Windsor City Councillor Rino Bortolin (left) attends the regular meeting of council on May 7, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

He feels Bortolin was "railroaded" by council on Monday night.

"Do you know what, I was very disappointed. I think there's, in my view, getting outside the legal realm a little bit, a bit of political grandstanding a little bit in my view," says McNevin.

He also questions the reach of council's code of conduct, saying iIs it the law in Canada and the province of Ontario that once a decision's been made by council it can never ever be criticized by someone? I think that makes absolutely no sense."

Speaking to reporters after Monday night's meeting, Bortolin again stressed that he wants a judicial review to address "disturbing" issues he sees with the Integrity Commissioner's report.