Clearly Toronto has stronger laws and requirements for integrity and ethics for politicians than we do in DC
Toronto's Mayor has been ordered to step down for a conflict of interest violation. It will be appealed.
See "Mayor Rob Ford kicked from office, found guilty of conflict of interest" and "Meet Chaleff-Freudenthaler: The 27-year-old who triggered Rob Ford’s downfall" from the Toronto Star.
2. The provincial conflict of interest guidelines allowed the Judge to ban Ford from running for office for 7 years beyond the current term. See "Rob Ford out: Mayor’s attack dog Mammoliti quits top committee" from the Toronto Star.
The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act is strict: members of council cannot speak or vote on issues in which they have a financial interest.
Hackland could have allowed Ford to keep his job, even if he found that Ford broke the law, by accepting the argument that Ford’s actions were inadvertent or a result of an error in judgment, or that the amount of money in question — $3,150 — was unlikely to influence him.
But Hackland rejected all of the arguments put forth by Ford’s lawyer, Alan Lenczner. In dismissing the suggestion that Ford had made an error in judgment, Hackland suggested Ford had deliberately ignored the law in question.
“In view of the respondent’s leadership role in ensuring integrity in municipal government, it is difficult to accept an error in judgment defence based essentially on a stubborn sense of entitlement (concerning his football foundation) and a dismissive and confrontational attitude to the integrity commissioner and the code of conduct,” Hackland wrote.
3. "Activist claims Doug Ford bullied him" from the Toronto Star. (Doug Ford is the brother of Mayor Rob Ford, and the power behind the throne.)
The complaint is under investigation. I just think of how City Council members in DC browbeat witnesses--although sadly that would be protected behavior. See "School Activist Whose Protest Resulted in Supreme Court Ruling Weighs in on D.C. School Closures" from DCist.
-- Ontario Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
-- City of Toronto Integrity Commissioner
-- "Toronto obliged to have ombud, integrity commissioner: Province," Toronto Sun
-- City of Toronto, Office of the Ombudsman