Council meeting

Regular municipal council meetings are public and take place at Strong Hall, in City Hall, at 7 pm.

2017 meeting schedule

The council meetings reserve two question periods during which people present may ask questions to members of the council.
Here are the rules of decorum at the meetings, please consult the Rules.

 

Decorum

 

QUESTION PERIOD

 

The question period of a municipal council meeting is governed by a bylaw adopted in a regular or special meeting. This by-law establishes the rules of conduct in order to maintain decorum.

 

“The council meeting is held publicly.

However, it is not a forum for public opinion.”

 

EXCERPT BY-LAW NUMBER 2017-04

 

GOVERNANCE OF COUNCIL MEETINGS

 

QUESTION PERIOD

 

ARTICLE 13

The council meetings reserve two question periods during which people present may ask questions to members of the council.

The first question period relates to the proposed agenda and takes place before it is adopted.

The second question period begins before the adjournment.

At a special meeting there is only one question period before the adjournment of the meeting and only questions relating to items on the agenda can be asked.

Question periods have a maximum duration of thirty (30) minutes per session, and can be terminated prematurely if there are no more questions to the board.


ARTICLE 14

Any member of the public present who wishes to ask a question must:

a. Identify themselves at the beginning of a question period;
b. Wait for him to be called to intervene;
c. Address the chairman of the session;
d. Declare to whom his question is addressed;
e. Ask only one question and one sub-question on the same subject. However, anyone may ask a new question and a new sub-question when all those wishing to ask a question have done so, and so on and so forth until the end of the question period;
f. Speak in polite terms and do not use abusive and libelous language.


ARTICLE 15

Each speaker is given a maximum of three minutes to ask a question and a sub-question, after which the chairman of the meeting can end this intervention.

The chair of the meeting may either reply to it immediately, respond to a subsequent meeting, or reply in writing.

Each member of the council, with the permission of the president, may complete the answer given.


ARTICLE 16

Only matters of a public nature are permitted, as opposed to those of private interest not involving the affairs of the municipality.

ARTICLE 17
Any person present at a meeting of the council who wishes to address a member of the council or the general director and secretary-treasurer may do so only during the question period, following the authorization given by the president of the council. meeting.


ARTICLE 18

Every member of the public present at a council meeting shall refrain from screaming, heckling, singing, making noise or doing any other thing that might interfere with the smooth running of the meeting.


ARTICLE 19

Every person at a meeting of the board shall obey an order or direction of the person presiding at the meeting relating to order and decorum during the sittings of the council.