Legal Responsibilities and Codes and Conflict

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This module presents three main topics: first, a discussion of the Conflict of Interest Act and the obligations it imposes on municipal councillors. The second part considers other areas of ethical concern for Councillors and discusses how a Code of Ethics or Code of Conduct can assist Councillors in avoiding possible ethical problems. Finally, a general description of legal liability issues so that Councillors can exercise a “duty of care”, manage risks and avoid conflict of interest in a reasonable way when making their decisions.

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