Integrity commissioner says formal inquiry into WRDSB code of conduct complaint not required

An integrity commissioner has determined that a formal inquiry will not be required in a complaint about one or more school trustees who allegedly broke the Waterloo Region District School Board code of conduct.

Board chair Joanne Weston, said in a release Tuesday that the alleged contravention happened more than six months before the complaint was submitted to the integrity commissioner, which falls outside the window set by section 28 of the board’s code

Weston said the issue still needs to be treated as a private matter since it involves one or more school board trustees.

“The Education Act differs from the Municipal Act in such a way that we are required to handle circumstances like this through in camera (a legal term that means “in private”) processes,” Weston said.

Earlier this month, the board launched a code of conduct investigation, but did not confirm who it involved. 

Board trustee Mike Ramsay said in a statement on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, that he was the focus of the complaint, saying it was related to “something I supposedly said in meetings and on a radio show years ago.”

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