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Integrity Report on Councillor's Assault a Sad Day for Hamilton

Council voted to accept the report finding that Councillor Ferguson violated the Council Code of Conduct by assaulting a journalist, despite the fact that it recommended no reprecussions.

By Gail Berberick
Published February 26, 2015

Yesterday was a sad day for the citizens of Hamilton, and today is even sadder.

Sign: Pushing by Councillors Permitted (Image Credit: Paul Glendenning)
Sign: Pushing by Councillors Permitted (Image Credit: Paul Glendenning)

With the exception of Councillors Matthew Green and Scott Duvall, our Mayor and Council voted to accept the report from Integrity Commissioner Earl Basse on the incident in which Councillor Lloyd Ferguson grabbed and shoved journalist Joey Coleman

This is despite the fact that the report found Councillor Ferguson guilty of breaking Council's Code of Conduct but recommended no repercussions.

Notwithstanding that it was a long and contentious day of meetings from 8:20 am until 10:45 pm, Councillor Ferguson should not have made physical contact with Mr. Coleman and as a result Councillor Ferguson is in violation of Section 45 (a) and (b) of the Code of Conduct.

Our council is willing to accept Ferguson's behaviour because he had a bad day.

Assault is assault. Many parents have been banned from organized sports events for these kinds of actions. Husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends are held accountable. They do not get forgiven because they apologize, they pay the price for their actions.

Then, to add insult to injury, we find out Ferguson is on the committee to hire the new Integrity Commissioner.

This is appalling.

Someone, please help me understand what message Council is trying to send to the citizens of this great city.

This article is adapted from a letter to Council.

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By Cultosaurus (registered) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 15:49:28

The message is simply - "we don't care...because the people of Hamilton apparently don't either"

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted February 26, 2015 at 16:16:55 in reply to Comment 109754

And when a member of the public does turn out to care, they are marginalized and dismissed as an "activist".

An ingeniously self-reinforcing system!

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By voting (anonymous) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 16:37:27

was ferguson allowed to vote too?

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By Hammered too often by City Hall (anonymous) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 16:37:48

It's what we get when over site is controlled by those being overseen.Especially where political leaders are in virtually for life and in Ferguson's case all but inherited!

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By self-ing (anonymous) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 16:44:57

watching their own backs and patting themselves on the backs while the city suffers

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By Brandon (registered) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 17:05:23

"Mind your place" is the message.

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By Stever (anonymous) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 17:10:44

Basse has been a lame duck for years.

He should have included a recommended sanction in his report. That said, I believe that Ferguson is on the committee that recommends Basse's ongoing employ. Is that still correct?

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By love the poster! (anonymous) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 17:20:02

Paul, love your poster! Bravo! Spec and HamiltonNews weeklies should re-publish it--immediately! What about council verbal abuse on media and citizens--from Terry/Larry Di Whitehead, e.g?

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By riseup (anonymous) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 18:58:50

We NEED to step up protest from writing to showing up, being in their faces so they feel the pressure.

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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted February 26, 2015 at 19:41:30

If Coleman had handled Ferguson in such a manner, he would have been banned from city hall, effectively ending his career.

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By tyson (anonymous) | Posted February 26, 2015 at 23:35:25

Why didn't Joey just kick his old fart ass?!

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By J Wood (anonymous) | Posted February 27, 2015 at 07:36:55

Forgive him, and move on. Simple.

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