2014: Toronto City Council Begins Imposing Extreme Measures to Hunt for Corruption

Wired UK and Canada Week Magazine recently reported that the Crown corporation in charge of security in Toronto City Council were so concerned about possible political corruption in the City of Toronto, that they had enacted a six-year-old rule, making anyone over the age of 40 of any kind of privilege in Toronto, must either wear an ankle bracelet or a nanny watch.

The year that happened was 2014.

Kevin Donovan, a Toronto city councillor and member of Toronto city council (pictured above) was approached with the new rule. The regulations had been developed from a desire to combat “the safety and security of City Council, staffers and Members.” But after being approached, Mr. Donovan made it known to his colleagues on the council that he was going to fight the proposed changes. “I am very comfortable with my independence,” Mr. Donovan explained at the time. And while he had supported a system of mandatory seat belts in vehicles at the time, to ban movement on the road for city council members appeared an overreach.

“I understand that for the sake of public safety a requirement to put on an ankle bracelet could be deemed, while it would not pose a threat to myself, to disenfranchise others who could and would work to furthering their political and civic positions,” Mr. Donovan argued.

The allegation of corruption began to swirl after the fact.

And what a public appearance the newly instituted surveillance system was.

Before even my media debut, Kevin Donovan had offered up details of how he discovered a journalist with the Toronto Star had ignored the security recommendations given by city council staffers, and had travelled to the Downtown Community Police Station where he came across an overheated Alka-Seltzer and paper towel dispenser. The search on the Internet of Mr. Donovan’s every-day life had started the following morning. And the media fascination continued.

As has been reported, the Crown corporation governing City Council ordered Mr. Donovan to wear the tracking devices, and barring his entreaties, decided to enforce the new rules. Mr. Donovan told media in the fall of 2014 that the offences had occurred at city council.

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