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Councillors disclose conflicts

Mayor, Fielding only two with stakes in businesses

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Only half the members of city council have declared conflicts of interest -- and only two own businesses that may provide them with a source of income in addition to their City of Winnipeg paycheque.

After every municipal election, members of city council are required to disclose ownership of corporations, businesses and any properties within the City of Winnipeg that are not their primary residences, as well as any income they or their dependents receive and any significant gifts.

All 16 members of council complied following the Oct. 27 election. But only eight had anything to declare on their conflict-of-interest disclosure forms. And only two members of council -- Mayor Sam Katz and finance chairman Scott Fielding (St. James) declared stakes in revenue-generating businesses.

Katz, a well-known entrepreneur before he was first elected mayor in 2004, disclosed his stakes in the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club, promotions company Showtime Productions, the Encore Development Corporation, Destiny Investments and Hu's Asian Bistro, a restaurant on Ellice Avenue.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 2/2/2011 (3088 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Only half the members of city council have declared conflicts of interest — and only two own businesses that may provide them with a source of income in addition to their City of Winnipeg paycheque.

After every municipal election, members of city council are required to disclose ownership of corporations, businesses and any properties within the City of Winnipeg that are not their primary residences, as well as any income they or their dependents receive and any significant gifts.

All 16 members of council complied following the Oct. 27 election. But only eight had anything to declare on their conflict-of-interest disclosure forms. And only two members of council — Mayor Sam Katz and finance chairman Scott Fielding (St. James) declared stakes in revenue-generating businesses.

Katz, a well-known entrepreneur before he was first elected mayor in 2004, disclosed his stakes in the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club, promotions company Showtime Productions, the Encore Development Corporation, Destiny Investments and Hu's Asian Bistro, a restaurant on Ellice Avenue.

Katz also indicated he only receives remuneration from the Goldeyes and Showtime. He was also the only member of council to declare a gift - a Manitoba Club membership he indicated he "received in 2004, never used."

Fielding, meanwhile, declared his stake in Tiber River Naturals, which produces hand-made soaps and other beauty products. The Winnipeg business, which has two retail outlets, was co-founded by Fielding's spouse a year before he was first elected to council, in 2006.

Two of Winnipeg's four rookie councillors also had businesses to declare, but neither of them is listed as sources of income.

Charleswood-Tuxedo Coun. Paula Havixbeck, who succeeded the late Bill Clement, declared her stake in Havixbeck and Associates, a business consulting firm that's been dormant since the election campaign.

"I wound down all the consulting contracts," she said. "It'll probably remain that way unless some big contract comes along."

Old Kildonan Coun. Devi Sharma, another council rookie, disclosed her ownership of the Indo-Canadian Telegram, a community newspaper she described as a "labour of love."

Rookie Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie declared his wife's source of income: a pair of midwifery organizations. The fourth rookie councillor, Elmwood's Thomas Steen, had no conflicts to declare.

In total, eight councillors declared nothing on their forms: Steen, Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge), Grant Nordman (St. Charles), Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas), Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre), Justin Swandel (St. Norbert), Dan Vandal (St. Boniface) and Russ Wyatt (Transcona).

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