October 18, 2016 5:22 am
Updated: October 18, 2016 10:13 am

Calls for transparency at the Lester B. Pearson School Board

WATCH ABOVE: The council of commissioners at the Lester B. Pearson School Board is holding an emergency meeting after a commissioner was found to have violated the board's code of ethics. Global's Elysia Bryan-Baynes reports.


A battle is brewing at the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) over transparency issues linked to ethics breaches at the board.

It stems from the case of a commissioner who was found guilty of three ethics violations in the past year.

Three complaints were filed in January, March and April, but the identity of the commissioner involved and the nature of the ethics breach is unknown.

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“The ethics commissioner decided to keep it confidential in this case,” LBPSB chairperson Suanne Stein Day explained Monday.

The commissioner at the heart of the complaints was reprimanded, but that person’s name and the violations won’t be made public.

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At a special meeting at the board’s office Monday, those looking for answers left disappointed.

The goal of the meeting was to form a new committee to deal with internal board issues.

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Shortly after the meeting began, the commissioners voted to continue their discussion in private.

“Democracy is important in education and this is not democracy,” Heidi Yetman, president of the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s Teachers’ Union told Global News.

Another meeting to decide whether to change the rules to make ethics breaches more transparent is set for Nov. 1.

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