Section 1 - Definitions

As used in this by-law, the following terms have the meanings indicated:

“Act” - The City of Toronto Act, 2006, as amended from time to time.

“Adjourn” - End a meeting.

“Business Day” – Any day, other than a Saturday, Sunday, statutory or civic holiday in Toronto, Ontario.

“Call a Member to Order” - Identifying a member by name, and requesting that member to refrain from his or her current behaviour and to behave in accordance with the procedures by-law.

“Chair” - Is the Member appointed as “Chair” of the Commission by City Council in accordance with a City by-law.

“Chief Financial & Administration Officer” - The Chief Financial & Administration Officer of the Commission or his/her designate.

“City” - The City of Toronto.

“Citizen Members” – Those Members appointed to the Commission by City Council in accordance with City by-laws who are not Council Members.

“Commission” - The Commissioners sitting as the Toronto Transit Commission.

“Commissioners” - The Members as appointed by by-law of the City.

“Committee” - An advisory or other committee, subcommittee or similar entity of which at least 50 per cent of the members are also Members of the Commission, which committee is established by the Commission and is given a specific task and required to report on that specific task.

“Committee of the Whole” - A quorum of Members present and sitting as a Committee of the Whole.

“Council Members” – Those Members appointed by Toronto City Council in accordance with City by-laws.

“Emergency Meeting” - A Meeting called in accordance with the rules of this Procedures By-law.

“Meeting” - Any regular, special, emergency or other meeting of the Commission or a Committee.

“Member” - A person appointed by by-law of the City as a Commissioner for a term of office as set out in any applicable City by-law. Members include both appointed Citizen Members and appointed Council Members.

“Motion” - A Member’s formal proposal that the Commission take certain action.

“Motion to Amend” - A Motion to vary the main Motion before the Commission.

“Motion to Defer” - A Motion to delay a decision on a matter by postponing consideration of the matter:

  1. Indefinitely;
  2. Until or within some specified time or time period;
  3. Until the happening of a specified event; or
  4. Until a report or communication is presented.

“Motion to End Debate” - A Motion to stop all debate on a matter, and to vote on the matter immediately.

“Motion to Receive” - A Motion to acknowledge a matter or part of a matter including the main Motion or amendment, to take no current action on the matter, and to place the matter in the Chief Financial & Administration Officer’s records for future reference.

“Motion to Refer” - A Motion to send a matter, including a main Motion or amendment to a designated Committee, body or person for more information or recommendation.

“Motion Without Notice” - A Motion to introduce new business for which no notice has been given.

“Notice of Motion” - A Motion received by the Chief Financial & Administration Officer to introduce new business for which notice is considered to have been given.

“Point of Order” - Bringing to the attention of the Chair and the Members that a person has broken a rule or made an error in procedure and asking that the Commission meeting follow the rules or that the error in procedure be corrected.

“Point of Privilege” - A question to the Chair and Members to immediately consider and take action to remedy a situation negatively affecting the rights or privileges of members or the Commission, as a whole, despite other pending business currently before the Commission.

“Procedures By-law” - This by-law, as amended from time to time.

“Public Petition” - A communication from more than one member of the public.

“Public Presentation” - An appearance before the Commission by any member of the public to speak to a matter before the Commission in accordance with this Procedures By-law.

“Quorum” - The Members to be present and voting at a Meeting to legally conduct business at the Meeting.

“Recorded Vote” - A vote for which the Chief Financial & Administration Officer records all Members present and how they voted.

“Report” - A TTC’s official’s report that is provided for information or makes recommendations to the Commission.

“Robert’s Rules of Order” - The most current edition of “Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised”.

“Ruling” - The Chair’s interpretation of the Procedures By-law to settle a procedural matter. Such an interpretation is more than a simple restatement of the relevant by-law provisions and explains how the rule applies to the matter.

“Special Meeting” - A Commission Meeting other than a regular meeting, a continued meeting, or a reconvened meeting, called in accordance with the rules of this Procedures By-law.

“Term” - Is the term of office of a Commissioner, or all the Commissioners, as set out in a City by-law.

“TTC” - The Toronto Transit Commission.

“Urgent Matter” - A matter that relates to a significant emergency health or safety matter, or relates to a significant financial, legal, or contractual deadline before the next Commission Meeting.

“Vice-Chair”* - Is the Member elected by the Commission in accordance with this Procedures By-law and any applicable City by-law to the position of Vice-Chair of the Commission.

*Effective with the October 30, 2012 City Council meeting, the Vice-Chair will be appointed from among the appointed Citizen Members.