Motion: Formal Apology to Affected Women

Moved by Councillor C. McKenney

Seconded by: Mayor J. Watson

WHEREAS the Integrity Commissioner’s report to Council on July 15, 2020 determined that under the Council Code of Conduct and the City’s Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Policy that Councillor Chiarelli had engaged in harassment involving three women who were interviewed for possible employment in the Councillor’s office; and

WHEREAS the Integrity Commissioner’s report to Council on November 25, 2020 involving two complaints against Councillor Chiarelli from former employees determined that the Councillor contravened Section 4 (General Integrity) and Section 7 (Discrimination and Harassment) of the Code of Conduct; and

WHEREAS the Integrity Commissioner in his report of November 25, 2020, recommended that Council direct that the effective starting date for the above recommendation for suspension of remuneration follow the end of suspensions of remuneration of Councillor Chiarelli approved by Council on July 15, 2020; and

WHEREAS the Integrity Commissioner also recommended that Councillor Chiarelli be removed from the membership of all committees of Council and any other boards, local boards, agencies of commissions he has been appointed to by Council for the remainder of the 2018-2022 term of office; and

WHEREAS the Integrity Commissioner also recommended that City Council suspend all delegated authorities of Councillor Chiarelli to hire staff and to order and approve any budgetary expenditures fo the remainder of the 2019-2022 term of office; and

WHEREAS the Integrity Commissioner’s Report to Council on an Inquiry Respecting the Conduct of Councillor Chiarelli, dated November 3, 2020, refers to the disreputable management style as an employer and offensive personal behaviour which has been going on at least since the he adoption of the Code of Conduct in May 2013; and

WHEREAS City Council is limited in its ability to pursue additional sanctions but wants to recognize, in the strongest possible terms, that no one should be subject to the behaviors described in these reports; and

WHEREAS the common elements described by complainants and witnesses may mean that there are other former employees and applicants with similar experiences who were unable to come forward, for whatever reasons; and

WHEREAS City Council wishes to recognize the courage of all those who came forward, at personal cost to themselves, to bring these behaviors to light, and to let them know that they have been heard by this Council;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council direct the Mayor to issue a formal apology on behalf of Ottawa City Council to the women who were subjected to discrimination and harassment by Councillor Chiarelli while employed at the City of Ottawa, to the women who were subjected to discrimination and harassment by Councillor Chiarelli during interviews for employment in the office of the Councillor, and to any other women who experienced discrimination and harassment by Councillor Chiarelli but were unable to come forward as a complainant or witness.

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