Section 4 – Application of this Procedural By-law

  1. The rules and regulations contained in this Procedures By-law are to be observed in all proceedings of the Commission and are the rules and regulations for the order and dispatch of business in the Commission, and, where applicable, in the Committees thereof.
  2. A specific statement or rule has greater authority than a general one. Headings are only for reference purposes.

Section 5 – Parliamentary Authority

  1. In any case arising in the proceedings of the Commission not provided for hereby, the matter is to be decided by the Chair in accordance with Chapter 27 of the City of Toronto Municipal Code – Council Procedures.
  2. If there is a conflict between two or more rules in this Procedures By-law, or if there is no specific rule or matter, the Chair will rule.
  3. The Chair, consulting with the Chief Financial & Administration Officer, may use Robert’s Rules of Order as an aid in Ruling under Section 5(B).
  4. The Chair may use Commission practices and former decisions, including previous rulings, in applying these rules and making rulings.

Section 6 – Criteria for Suspending rules and substituting special rules

  1. Subject to Section 6(C), the Commission may suspend any rule in the Procedures By-law and replace it with a special rule if:
    1. It has given notice at a previous Commission meeting; and
    2. The suspension is only for a defined period.
  2. Any special rules adopted under Section 6(A), are considered part of the Procedures By-law.
  3. The Commission cannot suspend the following rules:
    (i) Section 8 – Amending the Procedures Subject to By-law;
    (ii) Section 23 – Quorum;
    (iii) Section 28 – Public Meetings;
    (iv) Section 29 – Closed Meetings; and
    (v) Section 54(C) and (D) – Order of Speakers;

Section 7 – Waiver of Rules

  1. Subject to Section 7(B), a motion to waive one of the Procedures By-law’s rules on a one time basis will pass if two-thirds of the Members present vote for it.
  2. The Commission cannot waive the following:
    (vii) Section 7(A) (with respect to two-thirds vote) – Waiver of Rules;
    (viii) Section 8 – Amending the Procedures Subject to By-law
    (ix) Section 21(E) – Special Meetings;
    (x) Section 23 – Quorum;
    (xi) Section 28 – Public Meetings;
    (xii) Section 29 – Closed Meetings;
    (xiii) Section 42 – Notices of Motion; and
    (xiv) Section 43 – Motions Without Notice;
    (xv) Section 71(A)3 – Removal of Vice-Chair

Section 8 – Amending the Procedures Subject to By-law

  1. To pass a motion to amend or repeal the Procedures By-law, or any part thereof, requires two-thirds vote of the Members present.
  2. The Commission will only consider amendments or repeal of the Procedures By-law, or any part thereof, at a Meeting if a previous Meeting of the Commission received notice of the proposed amendment or repeal;

Section 9 – Majority Vote Required

Unless the Procedures By-law specifies otherwise, a matter passes when a majority of Members present vote for it.