In Camera Sessions

Procedure and protocol of Council meetings are established by the Municipal Act of 2001. From time to time, depending on the subject matter and in accordance with the Act, Council decides to discuss the topic in a closed (in camera) session.

Chapter 25, section 239 of the Municipal Act of 2001, states it clearly:

(1) Except as provided in this section, all meetings shall be open to the public.

(2) A meeting or part of a meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered is,

          a) the security of the property of the municipality or local board.
          b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or board employees.
          c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
          d) labour relations or employee negotiations.
          e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board.
          f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for the purpose.
          g) a matter in respect of which a council, board, committee or other body may hold a closed meeting under another Act.

(3) A meeting shall be closed to the public if the subject matter relates to the consideration of a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, if the council, board or other body is the head of an institution for the purposes of that act.

(4) Before holding a meeting or part of a meeting that is to be closed to the public, a municipality or local board or committee of either of them shall state by resolution,

          (a) the fact of the holding of the closed meeting; and
          (b) the general nature of the matter to be considered at the closed meeting.

(5) Subject to subsection (6), a meeting shall not be closed to the public during the taking of a vote.

Exception

(6) Despite section 244, a meeting may be closed to the public during a vote if,

          (a) subsection (2) or (3) permits or requires the meeting to be closed to the public; and
          (b) the vote is for a procedural matter or for giving directions or instructions to officers, employees or agents of the municipality, local board or committee of either of them or persons retained by or under a contract with the municipality or local board.