South Glengarry Council: Freedom of Expression Out of Order by Don Smith
CFN – Yesterday, at the time of publication of our article on freedom of expression, South Glengarry Township had not published their meeting agenda for next Monday; in fact we could not find it online until today (Friday), a day after their deadline for getting the agenda to Council members.
Reading through the related staff report that is attached to the agenda, it’s clear that Township Staff and at least some of the Councillors (Gravelle and Prevost) are strongly recommending against the adoption of the proposed bylaw to adhere to the Charter Freedom of Expression as “officially” espoused in federal law.
We’ll let our viewers read it for themselves and draw their own conclusions.
Derik Brandt’s report recommends: “There are several problems with the wording of the requested resolution. These problems include that the requested motion is worded in the negative and would also be a reaffirmation of the Township’s existing position of allowing the use of any language for advertising purposes in the Township of South Glengarry. Therefore Administration recommends that the motion cannot be dealt with because it is out of order. Additionally, Administration recommends that no changes be made to the Township’s current position of allowing residents and businesses to express themselves in the language of their choice on their signage without any requirement for any additonal languages. Moved by Joyve Gravelle, Seconded by Frank Prevost.”
The report concludes with a proposed resolution: “Be it resolved that the Township of South Glengarry receive Staff Report #01-13 and endorses the recommendation therein.”
CFN will be at Monday’s Council meeting to video record the decision for all to see.
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