Delta is a district municipality in British Columbia, and is part of Metro Vancouver. Located south of Richmond, it is bordered by the Fraser River to the north, the United States (Point Roberts, Washington) to the south and the city of Surrey to the east. Delta is composed of three distinct communities: Ladner (population 21,112), Tsawwassen (20,933), and North Delta (51,623).
Official website: http://www.corp.delta.bc.ca/
Wikipedia summary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta,_British_Columbia
• Total population (2011 census): 99,863 (Ranking 51st largest in Canada)
• Population density: 554.4 persons/km2 (1,436/sq mi)
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All municipalities fall under B.C. Provincial legislation. For information on ethics and codes of conduct, see our page here on the Community Charter, and the Local Government Act.
Code of Ethics, Corporation of Delta 2011: Most levels of government have a code of conduct or code of ethics. The Corporation of Delta has one. It is designed to be self-enforced. This Code appears to have no external auditing/monitoring, so it behooves the public to know the standards to which their elected officials have pledged to conduct their public affairs. Download the Delta, Corp of, Code of Ethics, 2011. Below are highlights MetroVanWatch finds particularly noteworthy:
#1. Act in the Public Interest: …Council members shall conduct their business with integrity, in a fair, honest and open manner.”
#4. Respect for Process: Council members shall perform their duties in accordance with the policies and procedures and rules of order established by Council governing the deliberation of public policy issues, meaningful involvement of the public, and implementation of policy decisions of the Council by staff.
#7. Communication: … members shall publicly share substantive information that is relevant to a matter under consideration by the Council or a committee, which they may have received from sources outside of the public decision-making process.
8. Conflict of Interest: The Mayor and Councillors shall be aware of, and act in accordance with, Section 231 of the Local Government Act and shall fulfill their Oath of Office.
9. Gifts and Favours: Council members shall not accept any money, property, position or favour of any kind whether to be received at the present or in the future, from a person having, or seeking to have dealings with The Corporation of Delta…
11. Use of Public Resources: Council members shall not use public resources not available to the public in general, such as staff time, equipment, supplies or facilities, for private gain or personal purposes.
12. Advocacy (see text)
15. Implementation: The Corporation of Delta Code of Ethics is intended to be self-enforcing. Council members should view the Code as a set of guidelines that express collectively the standards of conduct expected of them. It, therefore, becomes most effective when members are thoroughly familiar with the Code and embrace its provisions.
Oath of Office, Corporation of Delta: Members of Council also sign an oath. Download 2011 version: Delta, Corp of, Oath of Office, 2011. As a sign of the standard to which Mayor and Council pledge to uphold, here is one notable excerpt: “…. will faithfully perform the duties of my office, and will not allow any private interest to influence my conduct in public matters;” “As required by the Community Charter, I will disclose any direct or indirect pecuniary interest I have in a matter and will not participate in the discussion of the matter and will not vote in respect of the matter.”