Ward Nine Councillor Brad Clark has resigned his committee chairmanships and vice chairmanships and asked the Integrity Commissioner to review the matter after a phone conversation Clark had with a constituent was taped and posted on social media. In the unguarded conversation Clark says “unfounded rumours and inferences that I made on this private call were just that, unfounded.”
In the phone call Clark is heard discussing a building permit that was issued for a home in Dundas. The house was in a location that was not zoned for the purpose and the house, which was partially completed, would now have to be torn down, at a cost to the city of over a million dollars. The discussion turned to how such a building permit could be issued in the first place and the caller asked Clark about possible corruption to which the councillor replied, “It’s just scratching the surface.”
In a statement Clark goes on to say, “my frustration with the situation in question and my response was completely out of character and I should not have been discussing such baseless rumours with anyone.
I offer my most sincere and unequivocal apologies to our dedicated, hardworking and honest city staff who have my utmost respect.
I formally apologize to the Mayor, City Council and my constituents for this unacceptable response. I have filed a request with the integrity commissioner to investigate this matter as soon as possible.
Effective immediately, I am resigning as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, Vice-Chair of the Emergency and Community Services Committee and Chair of the Development Charge Stakeholders Sub-Committee. I have informed the Mayor of my decision.”
In some jurisdictions recording a phone call without the other participant’s knowledge is illegal but not in Canada, as long as the person recording the call is also participating in the call.
Contacted by the Bay Observer, Councillor Clark said he can make no further comment since the matter has already been submitted to the Integrity Commissioner.