Since its beginnings in 2006 the Code of Conduct and Integrity Commissioner system in Ontario has attracted criticism as it maintained a bifurcated approach to ethics and left Commissioners vulnerable without clear reinforcement of their independence. Earlier this year the provincial legislature enacted new legislation aimed at changing the system and enhancing its effectiveness. The presentation will focus on where the system has been and what changes will come into force once the new legislation is proclaimed.
Having retired as an Integrity Commissioner for several Ontario Municipalities GREG LEVINE is still involved in some legal work and writing in the areas of administrative, municipal and government ethics law. He is the author of several books and many articles on areas and aspects of government ethics law and has been an expert in the policy panels of two major inquiries into ethics questions (Mulroney-Schreiber Inquiry and Mississauga Inquiry. He is currently working on a revision of his book Municipal Ethics Regimes published by Municipal World.