A Calgary City Council attorney facing prosecution in connection with an alleged traffic incident says he plans a “strong defense” and asks why it took Edmonton police more than eight months to investigate a minor crime.
district 9 district. Gian-Carlo Carra has been charged with mischief under $5,000 stemming from an April 2 incident in which Carra says he “tapped” his foot on a vehicle’s bumper after claiming he almost hit his dog at a crosswalk.
Carra was charged on Friday, his first court date is January 9.
According to sources, there is a video of the incident.
“A strong defense”
Mayor Jyoti Gondek spoke for the first time since indictment on Monday and declined to answer reporters’ questions, saying the case was “a living matter in court.”
“I can understand everyone’s desire to know more about the situation, but as I said, I simply cannot comment on the matter at this time,” Gondek said.
Defense attorney Pawel Milczarek says he’s still awaiting disclosure – the evidence police have collected against Carra.
“I hope it answers why it took police over eight months to investigate an alleged shenanigans under $5,000,” Milczarek said.
“We will vigorously defend ourselves against the allegations.”
Carra previously sanctioned
The Edmonton Police Service, which was conducting the investigation, did not respond to questions from CBC News about why it had taken so long to reach a conclusion.
Carra resigned from his role on the Calgary Police Commission in April and officially resigned last month.
In July, the city council, in its fourth term, issued an apology after the city’s integrity officer investigated and concluded that Carra had failed to disclose his investment in property in Inglewood, in violation of the council’s code of conduct
In October 2021, Carra was elected by a narrow margin of 161 votes.
Others under scrutiny
Political scientist Lori Williams says Carra’s indictment is “without a doubt” a “problem” for his constituents.
“There are expectations that elected officials will behave above the norm, that they will at least obey the law,” Williams said.
But beyond Ward 9, Williams says the bigger problem is that Carra is one of three council members dealing with the most recent review related to legal or ethical issues.
Sean Chu was found guilty of inappropriate physical contact with a 16-year-old girl as a police officer in 1997 and was fined under the Police Act, which came to light after CBC News reported the October 2021 story had published.
Last month Prime Minister Danielle Smith announced that she had tasked the Deputy Ministers of Justice and Public Safety to review the Calgary Police Commission’s review of the CPS misconduct investigation to determine whether further action should be taken.
“A significant toll” on public trust
count. Dan McLean was fined $500 last week for violating the Local Authorities Election Act after accepting donations from businesses for an event during the 2021 election campaign, which the law doesn’t allow.
In November, McLean apologized and resigned from council committees and panels after a series of videos posted to social media allegedly involving him in mocking Indigenous people, despite the councilor not being on camera.
“It’s very unusual in that it has three councilmen swirling around them with … questions,” Williams said.
“It must significantly affect the public’s confidence in this council, and it may, to some degree, affect their ability to effectively represent the Calgarians.”