It has always been my view that people doing similar work, or with similar responsibilities, should come together to discuss issues and developments of mutual concern, or just to share knowledge, experience, and expertise. It helps to break down “silos”, encourages new ideas and lessons to surface and circulate, fosters the creation of relationships and […]
Ontario has a new Integrity Commissioner. The Honourable J. David Wake began his five-year term on February 1. He replaces Lynn Morrison, who was associated with the office since its inception in 1988, and served as Commissioner since 2007. I am proud to say I had a warm and collegial relationship with Lynn, who incidentally […]
We often hear about conflict-of-interest rules that public servants are expected to follow. As we know, these rules help to ensure that our public service is professional, ethical and competent. It is also important to know that certain rules continue to apply after an individual leaves public service. These are called “post-service” rules, and they […]
The next federal election will take place on October 19th, the first instance of a fixed election date in Canadian federal politics. It used to be the case that public servants, at both the provincial and federal levels, were subject to broad political activity prohibitions. This was seen as necessary to uphold the neutrality and […]
Political activity rules governing public servants, in Ontario and elsewhere, seek to balance the need for a professional, non-partisan public service with the need to respect public servants’ political and constitutional rights. While specific rules vary across jurisdictions, determining what is or is not a political activity, and when engaging in political activity might affect […]
Each year, the Conflict of Interest Commissioner’s annual report includes a selection of summaries of the conflict of interest and political activity questions or issues dealt with during the year. These summaries are intended to assist Ontario public service decision-makers in interpreting conflict of interest and political activity rules and applying the rules to similar […]
In previous blogs I explained that conflicts of interest may sometimes occur as a fact of life in a complicated society and that people should develop their own ethical compass and know when to seek advice. I discussed how leaders are responsible for their own and their organization’s ethical integrity and they should foster an […]
Under the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expense Directive (November 2014), all regulatory agencies are required to post details of travel, meal and hospitality expenses of senior executives and government appointees for the agency on a quarterly basis throughout the calendar year. No expenses have been incurred for the period October 1 to December 31, 2015.
Under the new Agencies and Appointments Directive (February 2015), all regulatory agencies are required to post their current business plan.
Under the new Agencies & Appointments Directive (February 2015), all regulatory agencies are required to post their current memorandum of understanding with the ministries to which they report.