In-per­son con­sul­ta­tions on re­vamp­ing N.L.’s mu­nic­i­pal leg­is­la­tion ready to be­gin

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ST. JOHN’S, NL – The sec­ond phase of con­sul­ta­tions to en­gage com­mu­nity lead­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors in mod­ern­iz­ing leg­is­la­tion gov­ern­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the prov­ince be­gins next week in Labrador City.

The provin­cial gov­ern­ment is look­ing to im­prove the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act, the City of St. John’s Act, the City of Mount Pearl Act and the City of Cor­ner Brook Act.

“Our gov­ern­ment is aim­ing for a more flex­i­ble mu­nic­i­pal leg­is­la­tion that works for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter An­drew Par­sons said in a re­lease is­sued on Thurs­day, May 24.

“We value the opin­ions and con­cerns of all New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans to un­der­stand what works for them and where there can be im­prove­ments made. Our cities and lo­cal gov­ern­ments are evolv­ing and we need to im­prove leg­is­la­tion that meets their needs to en­sure they de­liver qual­ity ser­vices to res­i­dents.”

In ad­di­tion to the Labrador City con­sul­ta­tion on Tues­day, May 29, ses­sions are sched­uled for L’Anse aux Loup (May 31), Grand Falls-Wind­sor (June 4), Baie Verte (June 5), Stephenville (June 6), Port aux Basques (June 7), Car­bon­ear (June 14), Marys­town (June 19) and Tor­bay (June 20).

The provin­cial gov­ern­ment will also be meet­ing in­di­vid­u­ally with the cities of St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Cor­ner Brook dur­ing the sec­ond phase of the re­view.

“Go­ing into 2018 the num­ber one pri­or­ity for our sec­tor was mod­ern­iz­ing New­found­land and Labrador’s mu­nic­i­pal leg­is­la­tion,” Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador (MNL) pres­i­dent Tony Keats said.

“As we en­ter phase two of this re­view we look for­ward to work­ing with Min­is­ter An­drew Par­sons and the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment to de­sign new, less pre­scrip­tive leg­is­la­tion that gives mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties more lat­i­tude to make de­ci­sions on be­half of res­i­dents and more tools to make their com­mu­ni­ties stronger.”

You can reg­is­ter for the con­sul­ta­tions on­line at www. En­gageNL.ca or by call­ing 709729-5539. In­di­vid­u­als un­able to at­tend an in-per­son event can also of­fer their con­tri­bu­tions on­line through the web­site.

Writ­ten sub­mis­sions re­ceived as part of the first phase of the mu­nic­i­pal leg­isla­tive re­view can be viewed at www. en­gagenl.ca/con­tent/sub­mis­sions-mu­nic­i­pal-leg­is­la­tion­re­view.

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