Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Promises Made to Be Broken.":
Language means a lot! If you continually refer
to something as a secret meeting, it implies that something is nefarious --
every not for profit holds meetings -- they are not open to anyone who wants to
drop in, they are business meetings for the board of directors -- they are not
"secret" -- are meetings of the Rotary Club executive secret , are they open to
The draft agreement for the cultural centre requires them to hold
public meetings every quarter and annually.
In political terms, a meeting that is secret is not open.
The law requires public business to be conducted in open meetings.
Except in exceptional instances; such as protecting privacy of an individual or legal interest of the municipality.
Not-for-profit organisations are not public bodies. They are distinguishable from private organisations only in that they are not- for- profit.
The Rotary Club is a private organisation. Membership is not open. Meetings are not public. They do not conduct public business. Rotary Club business is private.
They do not spend public funds.They spend their own.
Quarterly and annual public meetings ,when the Cuture Centre board intends to report to the public, do not satisfy the legal requirement for public business to be decided in public. .
A not- for-profit board that relies on funds raised by themselves to operate a program for the public, in a public facility, would be entitled to discuss management matters privately.
Funding is the issue.
A program funded by public resources raised by taxation is public business and must be conducted in public.
Libraries are regulated by The Library Act.
Library services are financed in the main, from public funds
A board governs the business of the library.
Board meetings are required to be public.
Members are appointed by Council.
One third of the members of Aurora's Llibrary Board are Councillors.
Council members may form the majority of the board.
Council decides the amount of funding.
Under the Library Act, the library board decides how the funds will be used.
If funding for programs, whether heritage or cultural
provided in Church Street School , a public facility, are
to be financed from the public purse, board meetings cannot be private,secret, confidential or whatever else one might wish to call them.
They must be public.
Council has authority to delegate.
Delegated authority must be appointed by Council.
Public business,funded by public resources, must be conducted in public. No ifs,ands or buts.
Thank you for helping me to clarify the issue in my own mind..
If Council persists in the folly of handing over public funds, a public facility and authority, to a self-appointed board, independent of the elected body., I will seek out whatever legal options might be available to stop that from happening.