The Bay Observer has obtained property records produced by Teranet, who operate the Ontario Electronic Land Registration System, that indicate Mayor Fred Eisenberger was listed as the owner of a condominiums in a building at 181 James Street North in downtown Hamilton. Contacted by the Bay Observer, Mayor Eisenberger confirmed that he owns one unit in the building. The Teranet records match records obtained from Service Ontario, that indicate the condo in the building was purchased for approximately $500,000 each in April 2019 and registered in the name of Fred Eisenberger. The Mayor also confirmed that the unit is not his principal residence.
Asked by the Bay Observer, “given the widespread consensus that downtown properties in particular will increase in value with LRT; would this not represent a conflict? Did the Integrity Commissioner agree it is not a conflict?” The Mayor said the purchase did not create a conflict
The City of Hamilton Code of Conduct for Employees reads:
A conflict of interest is a situation in which an employee has personal or private interests that may compete with the public interests of the City of Hamilton. Such competing interests can make it difficult to fulfill his or her duties impartially. A conflict of interest can create an appearance of impropriety or a perception of bias that can undermine confidence in the person and in the City of Hamilton generally. A conflict exists even if no unethical or improper act results from it. A conflict of interest can either be an apparent conflict or a real conflict.
Apparent Conflict: An apparent conflict of interest exists where an informed and reasonable person reviewing the matter and having thought the matter through could conclude that a conflict of interest exists.
Real Conflict: A real conflict of interest exists where a personal interest exists and that interest:
1. is known to the employee; and
2. has a connection to the employee’s duties that is sufficient to influence the exercise of those duties.