Regular municipal council meetings are public and take place at Strong Hall, in City Hall, at 7 pm.
Meetings of the board include a period during which members present may ask oral questions to members of the board.
Here are the rules of decorum at the meetings, please consult the Rules.
The question period of a municipal council meeting is governed by a bylaw adopted in a regular or special meeting. This bylaw 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 BYLAW NUMBER 2008-09
GOVERNANCE OF COUNCIL MEETINGS
Council meetings include a question period during which people present may ask questions of the council members.
At an extraordinary meeting, only matters relating to the items on the agenda may be asked.
The question period is a maximum of thirty (30) minutes at each meeting, but may be terminated earlier if there are no questions for the council.
Any member of the public wishing to ask a question will have to:
- Identify him/herself at the beginning of the question period;
- Wait to be called upon to speak;
- Address him/herself to the session’s Chairman;
- Specify to whom the question is addressed;
- Ask a single question and only one sub-question on the same subject. However, any person may ask a new question and a new sub question, when all who wish to ask a question have done so, and so on, in turn, until the end of Question Period;
- Speak politely and do not use offensive and libellous language.
Each speaker has a maximum of five minutes to ask a question and sub question, after which, the chairman of the meeting may terminate the intervention.
The council member to whom the question has been addressed may respond immediately, or at a subsequent meeting or respond in writing.
Each member of the council may, with the permission of the Chairman, elaborate on the answer.
Only questions of public nature will be permitted, as opposed to those of private interest which are not the affairs of the municipality.
Any member of the public present at a council meeting, who wishes to speak to a member of the council or the General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer, may only do so during the question period.
Any member of the public present at a council meeting, who addresses a member of the council or the Director General and Secretary-Treasurer during the question period, can only do so in accordance with the rules established in articles 14, 15, 16 and 17.
Any member of the public present at a council meeting must refrain from shouting, heckling, singing, making noise or elicit any other action that could disrupt the smooth running of the meeting.
Any member of the public present at a council meeting must obey orders by the person presiding at the meeting relating to the order and decorum during council meetings.
Petitions or other written requests addressed to the council or a councillor are not brought to the agenda, nor read at the meeting, except as provided by law.