New legislation would allow Nova Scotia villages to hold closed-door meetings

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HALIFAX - Amendments introduced to the Municipal Government Act in the legislature April 14 would allow villages to discuss confidential and personnel matters in private, much the same as municipal councils can.

The Association of Nova Scotia Villages requested the change, the provincial spokesperson said in a media release. 

"We are giving villages the same rights as municipal councils to go in-camera when discussing certain issues," said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. "Some situations and circumstances, such as negotiations or personnel and legal issues, require private discussions."

The change addresses a gap in the act for villages' responsibilities and authority about disclosing information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and protection of privacy rules in the Municipal Government Act.

Other amendments allow village commissions to have standing and special committees, which could have similar closed sessions.

Organizations: Association of Nova Scotia Villages

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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