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Jean Jacques LaCombe appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for the Corporation of The Nation Municipality

Jean Jacques LaCombe, a retired lawyer was appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for the Corporation of The Nation Municipality pursuant to section 223.3 of the Municipal Act.

About the Integrity Commissioner

Read the Integrity Commissioner By-law 19-2019. Please note that appendices/forms can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial position reporting directly to Council. The Integrity Commissioner carries out the following core functions:

Advisory role: The Integrity Commissioner provides confidential written and oral advice to the Mayor, Councillors and Local Board appointees based on the Code of Conduct for members of The Nation Council or other by-laws, policies and procedures governing ethical behavior, including general advice about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

Investigative role: Complaints about breaches of the Code of Conduct are made to the Integrity Commissioner pursuant to the Council approved Complaint Protocol. Should the Integrity Commissioner find a contravention, he can recommend various penalties for imposition by Council. The available penalties range from suspension of remuneration to a reprimand or apology.

Educational role: The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for providing educational programs to members of Council and Local Boards.

File a complaint

Any person who has reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a Member of Council of The Nation Municipality has contravened the Council Code of Conduct can make a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner.

To make a complaint, please follow these steps:

  1. A complaint must be submitted on the established Formal Complain Form / Affidavit. The form may be printed from the website or obtained from the administrative office.
  2. A complaint must be submitted in a sealed envelope and marked “Confidential and Private.” It must contain the following information
  • Complainant’s name, mailing address, telephone number and email address;
  • Original copy of the Formal Complain Form / Affidavit;
  • Original copy of the Additional Information Form (if applicable);
  • Any relevant documentation; and
  • Cheque for $300.00 made payable to “The Nation Municipality.” A complainant shall pay to the Clerk a refundable fee in the amount of $300 upon the filing of a complaint. The fee shall be refunded if the complaint is not frivolous or vexatious.
  1. A complaint must be submitted by one of the following two options (a or b)
  2. By mail to:

The Nation Municipality
Clerk’s Office
Attention: Mr. Jean-Jacques LaCombe, Integrity Commissioner
958 Route 500 West
Casselman Ontario K0A 1M0

  1. In person to:

The Nation Municipality
Clerk’s Office
Attention: Mr. Jean-Jacques LaCombe, Integrity Commissioner
958 Route 500 West
Casselman Ontario K0A 1M0

* Please note that the office is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Should you wish to file a complaint in person, please contact Josée Brizard, CAO-Clerk, at 613-764-5444, extension 235, or by email at jbrizard@nationmun.ca.

In order to preserve confidentiality, please ask the Receptionist to speak with the Clerk, without mentioning the nature of the complaint. The complaint filed with the Clerk will be forwarded to the Integrity Commissioner without delay and without added comments. If the complainant wishes, the complaint can be made confidentially by contacting the Clerk. That being said that, however, the Commissioner may subsequently decide to disclose the name of the complainant if he decides it is necessary under the circumstances.

For further information or to file a complaint, please contact:

Josée Brizard, Clerk

613-764-5444 ext. 235

jbrizard@nationmun.ca