On January 24, 2017 the Town of Wasaga Beach’s Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze presented a report to council and decision on a complaint he had received from a staff member about me in my role as Deputy Mayor. The IC decision as well as the statement I read that evening can be found here on my website. Council ratified at its February 21, 2017 Council meeting to accept the Integrity Commissioners report and not impose any sanctions.
Media Release (February 22, 2017)
“I am pleased to continue to serve you as your Deputy Mayor. My objective will be to continue to bring you an open and transparent municipal government.
As the Deputy Mayor I have an obligation to ask questions, be informed and vote in what I believe to be the best interest of the residents and community. I don’t believe there are embarrassing questions … but sometimes embarrassing answers.
Despite the Integrity Commissioners decision to not find a breach of the code of conduct or recommend any sanctions, Councillor Bonnie Smith was adamant at the January 24, 2017 council meeting that council would meet within 30 days and that sanctions would be imposed against me.
Councillor Stockwell has said that I “attacked” a staff member. To quote the Councillor “this can be put to bed tonight with a simple apology and I would suggest that the Deputy Mayor give that apology, if not then we have to bring it back within 30 days and it’s only going to get progressively worse.” I encourage residents to visit my website www.ninabifolchi.ca for links to video footage whereby this alleged attack occurred during the October 25, 2016 council meeting. http://www.rogerstv.com/show?lid=12&rid=72&sid=5800&gid=262305
(to view the October 24, 2016 Council meeting follow the link at approximately the 2 hour 44 minute mark.)
Council confirmed at the February 21, 2017 council meeting acceptance of the Integrity Commissioner report and despite councillors’ unjustified rhetoric, no sanctions were imposed against me.
I look forward to the return of respect and professionalism at the council table even when opinions are expressed by the minority. For anyone to get angry or upset that council doesn’t vote unanimous on every issue is ridiculous. I, like most Canadians believe in democracy.
In my opinion, attempts to silence, shame and attack my integrity publicly, were unsuccessful and have only made me stronger. I’m confident the residents are well aware of what’s been going on. I wish to publicly thank you for your continued support during this term of council and encourage you to stay engaged in the activities and decisions of your Town Council.”