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Councillor accused of conflict of interest ; Vaughan council waives policy Ferri's vote broke tie in his favour
[Ontario Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Swainson, Gail
Date: Jun 10, 2003
Start Page: E.01
Section: NEWS
Abstract (Document Summary)

Mayor Michael Di Biase said no one- including the city's own legal department- raised a red flag about the possibility Councillor Mario Ferri could be in a legal or ethical conflict after casting the tie-breaking vote in his own favour.

Not only does he have a potential conflict by just participating in the ballot, but Ferri's vote also swung the 3-3 tie in his own direction, Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio said.

Di Biase said in an interview he will ask city solicitor Bob Swayze for a legal opinion on whether Ferri should have debated and voted on a matter that involved him.

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