Meetings: Selected Topics
At the most fundamental level, the powers, duties, and functions of a municipality are to be exercised and performed by the elected municipal council, through the adoption of a resolution or bylaw at a duly constituted and held meeting. As a result, it is critical that municipal business be conducted at a validly constituted and conducted meeting.
In this paper, we discuss a number of issues relating to municipal meetings which could be the basis of a judicial challenge to municipal business, including public notice requirements, open meeting requirements, meeting procedure requirements, controlling inappropriate decorum at meetings, and electronic meeting requirements.
While, this paper expressly addresses issues relating to municipal meetings which could be the basis of a judicial challenge to municipal business, our comments apply equally to regional board meetings by virtue of the referenced Community Charter provisions being made applicable by the Local Government Act to Regional Districts.