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Board Meeting to Consider Code of Conduct Complaint

Board Meeting to Consider Code of Conduct Complaint
Posted on 06/26/2020
Board Meeting to Consider Code of Conduct Complaint

The Ottawa-Carleton District Board will hold a Special Board Meeting on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to deal with a Code of Conduct complaint.

A Code of Conduct complaint was filed on April 1, 2020. The complaint related to an incident which occurred in a city park on March 27, 2020 between a Black youth and Trustee Donna Blackburn.  The complaint alleged that Trustee Blackburn’s behavior was inconsistent with the Civil Behaviour expectations established in sections 3.8, 3.15 and 3.18 of the Board Member Code of Conduct policy.  An independent third-party investigator was retained by the District to investigate the complaint.  The report of the investigator was received on June 25, 2020.  

At the Special Board meeting, the Board will review the findings in the investigator’s report and must decide whether there was a breach of the Code of Conduct.  If the Board decides there was a breach, then the Board must then decide whether sanctions will be applied. Under the policy, the sanctions available to the Board are:

  • censure of the Board member;

  •  barring the Board member from attending all or part of a meeting of the Board or a meeting of a committee of the Board; or

  • barring the Board member from sitting on one or more committees of the Board, for the period of time specified by the Board, not to exceed six months.

The Special Board Meeting is a public meeting of the Board. The agenda is available here which includes further details on this process and the investigator's report. The meeting will be held using Zoom and will be livestreamed on the OCDSB Youtube Channel.
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