City confirms failed suit against Shaw was a jurisdictional issue

While Shaw and the city manager initially said the complaint was found to be “unfounded”, the city clarified that the complaint was found to be outside the jurisdiction of the Integrity Commissioner.

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The City of Regina has clarified a dispute over why the Integrity Commissioner will not investigate an ethics complaint against the councilman. Terina Shaw (Ward 7) for her comments regarding Indigenous Peoples.

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After a city council meeting on Wednesday, Shaw and acting city manager Jim Nicol said the complaint was deemed unsubstantiated by Commissioner Angela Kruk, and in a text message sent by Shaw on Thursday, she said Nicol had told him that the allegations were “unsubstantiated”. ”

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“There was no truth to it,” Shaw said at the time.

“In retrospect, ‘unfounded’ was not the best choice of word to sum up the Integrity Commissioner’s decision,” said a written statement from the city sent to The Leader-Post on Thursday.

“Councillor Shaw and City Manager Nicol’s remarks were intended to indicate that the specific complaint was outside the Commissioner’s authority and would not be investigated further.”

According to the statement, the Integrity Commissioner determined that the complaint did not fall within her jurisdiction and “was rather something that should have been dealt with under the provisions of the procedure by-law.”

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Continuing an investigation under the Ethics Regulations had the potential to “interfere with the Council’s autonomy and statutory authority” in terms of conduct, the statement continued.

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The complaint is now being handled more informally by the mayor’s office, according to the complainants who said they met with Mayor Sandra Masters, Shaw, Regina’s Executive Director of Status Indian and Treaty Services Erica Beaudin and other advisers. municipalities earlier this month.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Masters said they continue to work on next steps. On Thursday morning, she told CBC Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger that they had “follow-up work to do on potential anti-racism training that we hope to undertake.”

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Masters was unavailable for an interview with the Leader-Post on Friday, and Shaw did not respond to requests for comment.

The complaint in question had 47 signatories and was filed with the Integrity Commissioner in mid-July. He called for an investigation into Shaw’s conduct at a Jan. 26 executive committee meeting and a June 15 city council meeting.

He alleges comments made by Shaw at the January meeting imply that Aboriginal men are sexual predators. The second aspect of the complaint relates to comments made by Shaw at a June city council meeting about some Aboriginal people not wanting to be housed, allegedly stemming from a conversation with Beaudin.

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