Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Election races leaves council with `lame duck' designation
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 4 Oct 2006, p. 11

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For the balance of the 2003-2006 term, Halton Hills council will be defined as a `lame duck council'. According to Section 275 of the Municipal Act, a council is declared a `lame duck' council if the new council will include less than three quarters of the outgoing council. In Halton Hills's case, while four members have been acclaimed, the races for mayor and Wards 2, 3 and 4 local seats could mean at least six new faces on the 11-member council. Once a lame duck council has been declared, the council cannot take certain actions such as hiring and firing, disposition of property valued at more than $50,000 or expenditures of more than $50,000, unless it had already been approved in the budget. Except for these restrictions, the authority of council remains unaffected. Council has two meetings remaining in the 2003-2006 term, Oct. 23 and Nov. 20 (the latter often used as a "farewell" meeting for its outgoing council members).

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Election races leaves council with `lame duck' designation