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The April 29 meeting of Renfrew County Council opened, as always, with a prayer. “Warden Peter Emon, as per the county’s procedural bylaw, directed CAO Jim Hutton to lead council in the reading of the prayer,� said a news release issued by the county. “At that point County Councillor Jim Gibson called for a ‘point of privilege’ and requested that the prayer not be recited in light of the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada.� Warden Emon thanked Gibson for his request, but ruled the requirements of the procedural bylaw would be upheld, including recitation of the prayer. “We have a procedural bylaw and it hasn’t been repealed nor changed by County Council, and as such it (the prayer) continues to be part of the procedural bylaw,� Emon explained. The news release said Gibson, an atheist, then challenged the ruling as he felt that the procedural bylaw is unlawful. To which Emon responded: “At this time I’m not considering changing my ruling. I do not see it as unlawful, but I would suggest we go forward, thank you.� “Councillor Gibson did not receive a seconder for his appeal, therefore his appeal was not allowed and County council continued as per normal procedure,� the release noted. Emon had earlier indicated he might

second Gibson’s motion in order to get it on the table but said he decided against it. “I gave it a lot of thought and decided not to,� said Emon. Gibson’s original motion described county chambers as his workplace, which it is not. “He’s not an employee,� said Emon. Under the Notice of Motions later in the meeting, no seconder came forward to support the notice of motion submitted by Gibson in March to eliminate the prayer. Under the new business portion of the meeting. Emon suggested “in light of the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling, that under section 51 of the Procedural Bylaw County Council could temporarily suspend the rules of procedure to have a discussion to instruct staff to if we want to respond to the Supreme Court ruling.� County council voted to temporarily suspend the procedural rules to discuss the issue. Emon offered four options: 1) suspend the prayer, 2) do nothing, 3) suspend the prayer pending further legal opinion, and 4) continue with the prayer pending further legal opinion. “After much discussion a motion was put forward that staff be directed to seek legal advice with regards to the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on the County’s Procedural Bylaw related to prayer.� The procedural bylaw with regard to the recitation of the prayer was then re-instated.

“I felt the Supreme Court decision was significant enough that council should discuss it and also give direction to staff,� said Emon. While that decision dealt with a city in Quebec, it could certainly have ramifications across the country, he said. The decision did clearly say the 2004 decision relating to the County of Renfrew was distinct, added Emon. “The fact they didn’t overturn it or disassemble that judgment was reassuring enough to continue with it,� he said. County staff will have a look at the argument that was presented in the Supreme Court. Among the points of debate will be whether the prayer the county says before meetings is sufficiently non-denominational. Community and community values didn’t get much play. “That’s one thing I’d like to see explained in a little greater detail,� said Emon. “Was the view of the community considered in the Supreme Court decision? This practice is pretty important for our community.� It will likely be June before the issue returns to council, said Emon. “I’d like to reiterate just how impressed I was with council,� said Emon. “It is an emotional issue that has caused a lot of thought by council and members of the community. Everyone was very respectful.�

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