Why is Sponga expected to publicize a complaint against his character?
The process is not public until the Councillor-complained-about has been "investigated" like a felon.
An Integrity Commissioner appointed, not sworn into office, makes the decision whether or not to do so.
Elected officials, sworn to an Oath of Office, have freely subjected themselves to the rigeur.
If quitting is an option, that's for Joe Sponga to know and Chris Simon to find out.
The rest of us can ponder why government sinks ever deeper into disrepute.
The Integrity Commissioner can advise Chris Simon, if an investigation is abandoned when a Councillor opts to leave the office to which he was elected for four years.
Councillor Taylor throws a little light on the issue. He respects the Councillor's right to decide, in a Hobson's Choice, whether "he's had enough". Two "frivolous" complaints were filed against Councillor Taylor and dismissed.
Sufficient clues exist for Simon to sort out the story without actually guessing at the facts.
In the New Year, the Town of Newmarket retained a new Integrity Commissioner to implement a new Code of Conduct .
There was a crooked man
Who walked a crooked mile
He found a crooked sixpence
And climbed a crooked stile
Since then sixteen complaints were filed. Twelve were ruled " frivolous" and dismissed.
For protection under provincial regulations, identity of complainant and complained- about are kept secret. Ah! isn't that sweet.
Somewhat similar to anonymous comments to a blog. Not at all similar to letters to the editor.
Unless the Commissioner decides to investigate, then both complaint and complained-about and decision are publicly reported to Council.
The process costs complainants nothing. The Integrity Commissioner is paid in lawyerly fees.
Newmarket has expended $25,000. to determine twelve of sixteen complaints were not valid. Apparently filed for fun and frivolity.
Sixteen filed. Twelve bogus. Hardly a promising start to a program promising integrity.
Mr Sponga ,in his resignation , referred to Conduct complaint, "court spat " and spending family resources.
A Councillor in Newmarket has no entitlement to assistance from the town to defend himself against
accusations. Toronto Councillors receive $20,000 to retain legal counsel.
Guilty or pure as the driven snow, a Newmarket Councillor would have to foot the legal bill to defend himself or counter legal action without legal resources ,or quit.
As for justice in the courts, he can write that right off, right at the outset.
Mr. Simon's latest report reveals a recent letter to Council from a BIA member demanded an apology from Councillor Sponga for speaking rudely in a BIA meeting.
Council correspondence is a matter of public record.
The malcontent can easily be identified with search of the record. And from there perchance, the complaint to be investigated , might be identified.
Maybe .. Oh Mercy Me ...Maybe Councillor Sponga toyed with the word Fuddle -duddle.
For fun and frivolity.