Okay, he put it in more lawyerly language than that, but essentially that’s what Richard Peck said about Vancouver’s “code of conduct,” its definition of “confidentiality” and its whole process for reporting on misconduct at the city. It’s in his eight-page report due out tomorrow on what to do about the city’s in-camera meetings, in the wake of all the information that was leaked about the Olympic village finances that came from those meetings. (I’ll put in the link once it’s up on the website. In the meantime, here’s the link to my Globe story.)
One of his main points: There is no independent system for reporting problems because any problems of misconduct among elected people have to be reported to the mayor — a problem in a city with a party system and unworkable if the misconduct is by the way.