On Monday, October 19, Pelham Town Council adopted a Public Code of Conduct.
The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly increased stress and anxiety and exacerbated mental health issues across Canada. By clearly stating and communicating expectations around behaviour when interacting with Pelham staff and in Town facilities, the Public Code of Conduct functions to deter inappropriate behaviour. Where the Code’s existence and communication are inadequate to stop unacceptable behaviour, the Code provides clear steps to the Town’s Senior Leadership Team on when and how to proceed with communications bans and/or trespass orders, as appropriate.
The Code aims to ensure that staff is free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination while providing public services. The Code of Conduct communicates the steps to be taken if and when breaches occur, which potentially include blocks on electronic and telephone communication with staff and/or the issuance of short term bans or longer-term trespass orders at Town facilities.
The Public Code of Conduct supports two strategic priorities: as part of the risk management framework and supporting a strong organization by ensuring that all Town facilities are safe places to work.