Contentious Thorold councillor has pay docked for eight months


Published December 10, 2021 at 3:58 pm

A Thorold councillor who once had to be removed from a council meeting by four Niagara Police officers is right back in the bad books.

Jim Handley, a vocal anti-masker, anti-vaxxer, anti-lockdown protestor and toxic social media poster, will now finding himself going eight months without pay after an integrity commissioner reviewed eight separate complaints against him.

The decision to dock his pay was made by Thorold Council at Tuesday (December 7) night’s council meeting, which Handley declined to attend.

All of the violations fell under Thorold’s code of conduct, including issues of workplace violence and staff harassment, improper use of social media, among others.

Handley’s use of social media, in particular, seems especially egregious as he has accused the government of trying to give poison COVID-19 vaccines, calling out his own council as communism and posting several videos where he admits to being drunk.

When integrity commissioner Dasha Peregoudova presented her findings to Thorold Council on Tuesday, six voted to dock his pay while two abstained from the vote.

Handley found himself in hot water this time last year up against virtually identical complaints. He was ticketed twice in August for attending an anti-lockdown rally and in February 2017 had to be hauled out of a council meeting by Niagara Police because he refused to stop disrupting the session.

(Photo of Jim Handley courtesy of Thorold)

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