Two Years Later, Doug Ford Finally Gets a Slap on the Wrist for Ethics Violation - 2016-12-09
Doug Ford's tumultuous term as a city councillor also had its questionable moments when it came to conflicts of interest. Thirty months ago, three Torontonians filed complaints about Doug Ford's dealings with two companies that were clients of the Ford family business, and also sought favourable tax treatment from the City.
Following a lengthy investigation, Integrity Commissioner Valerie Jepson found [PDF] that the former councillor "wore two hats" and that it was impossible to delineate when he was acting on behalf of the City, and when he was acting on behalf of his company, Deco Labels.
The report found that Ford violated Council's code of conduct by violating its section on an improper use of influence, and for improperly receiving gifts and benefits. However, because Ford is no longer a councillor, the Integrity Commissioner does not recommend any reprimand.