In what presents as a political hot potato, council deflected having to make a decision on the matter of disqualifying citizen complaints to the Integrity Commissioner, if the media is spoken to before the complaint is decided, by referring the matter back to a sub committee. The need for this procedural maneuver however is in question and the matter is further weighted by the advice of the city's attorney. That advice warned that the city is unlikely to be able to defend a by-law intended to restrict a citizen's right to speak to the media. He added that it is also doubtful it can withstand a challenge under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Clr. Brad Clark refused to put a face on the diversion back to the sub committee, and said that it was ridiculous for the matter to be sent back , that legal advice was already in hand and that the only reason it was being referred back, was to provide political cover for those who originally supported it.
Do you agree with Clr. Clark? Was this simply a wrong headed direction in the first place and should we simply put it to rest?