A senior public servant in a public body sought to become a member of a quasi-judicial committee of a municipality. The public servant intended to attend approximately one hearing per month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The commissioner had concerns about the activity because the committee could be dealing with matters relating to individuals associated with the public body. In order to minimize the potential interaction between the two roles, the Commissioner required the public servant to advise his ethics executive immediately if an individual who appeared before the committee became involved in a matter with the public body and prohibited the public servant from dealing with committee matters involving potential stakeholders of the public body. The Commissioner also directed the public servant to take a full vacation day when performing committee work that was scheduled to occur during the public servant’s normal office hours, to ensure transparency.
O. Reg. 381/07, s. 8.