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Espanola council accepts Integrity Commissioners’ recommendations

It appears the Integrity Commissioner’s recommendations reprimanding three members of council will finally be dealt with.

Last August, Integrity Commissioner Shearer Parnega found that four councillors: Ron Duplessis, Ken Duplessis, Heather Mallott and Ray Dufour had been involved in abusive and intimidating behavior involving municipal staff.

Former councilor, Ron Duplessis, was defeated in the last election, so council passed a motion on Thursday accepting the recommendations for the other three councilors.

All four have never made a public comment on the advice of legal counsel.

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Nine municipal department heads made the formal complaints last Spring.

Council accepted that Mallott and Ken Duplessis undergo training on the Code of Conduct and workplace harassment within 90 days or they will lose 30 days of remuneration.

Dufour is to lose remuneration for 90 days, as well as attend required training on workplace harassment and discrimination, and the proper role of council in relation to staff.

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