More Work For The City's Integrity Commissioner

The city's integrity commissioner has been presented with another complaint.

Windsor resident Jessica Bondy took exception to a comment made by Ward 2 Councillor, John Elliot when he was addressing sanctions against fellow councillor Rino Bortolin.

Elliot told Bortolin to "man up" saying "you were frustrated you're angry, I get that. I'm just simply saying be a man, apologize for your words."

Bondy told CTV Windsor she finds the comments highly offensive.

"This type of language, this type of gender stereotyping, promoting sexism, shouldn't be allowed in council chambers," says Bondy. "It doesn't have anything to do with being a man."

She hand delivered her complaint to City Hall Tuesday afternoon and told CTV Windsow "I just think shedding light on this issue is important and I think that when we put politicians under a microscope, everyone should be on a level playing field."

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City of Windsor Integrity Commissioner Bruce Elman gives his report to council at its regular meeting on May 7, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

According to CTV, the integrity commissioners office receives about 10-12 complaints each year.

Bruce Elman's reports to council have not been posted on the city's website since 2015, making it difficult to track the number of complaints against members of council being processed by the commissioner.

"Because of some exigencies here, the next report will be probably in June and it will cover two years," says Elman

City clerk Valerie Critchley said the integrity commissioner's reports dating back to 2015 will be posted online once they are presented to council.

Councillor Elliott tells CTV Windsor he sticks by his comments, saying "Everything I said, I meant. He's a man. I was telling him to be accountable and responsible for his actions."

 

 

— with files from CTV Windsor