McDougall tak­ing leave from coun­cil

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

Amanda McDougall is tak­ing some time off from her du­ties as a CBRM coun­cil­lor.

In a Face­book post, McDougall, who rep­re­sents the mostly ru­ral District 8 that in­cludes Donkin, Al­bert Bridge and Louis­bourg, will be off the job for an undis­closed amount of time.

“For per­sonal rea­sons I will be tak­ing some time away from the coun­cil of­fice and will there­fore be un­able to an­swer calls and mes­sages,” her post stated.

In the in­terim, District 8 res­i­dents who have ques­tions or is­sues are be­ing di­rected to Cathy MacIn­tyre ei­ther by email at cm­mac­in­[email protected] or by phone at 902-563-5777. McDougall, who at­tended a Tues­day coun­cil meet­ing but was not in cham­bers for a Wed­nes­day ses­sion, is the sec­ond coun­cil­lor to take a leave from city hall.

District 6 Coun. Ray Paruch dis­closed late last month that he is un­der­go­ing treat­ment for can­cer and will be away on med­i­cal leave for an undis­closed pe­riod of time. The 70-year-old vet­eran rep­re­sen­ta­tive has served on CBRM coun­cil since 1995.

CBRM of­fi­cials con­firmed that McDougall did give no­ti­fi­ca­tion that she would be tak­ing some time off. The Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act (MGA) states that any elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive who misses three con­sec­u­tive meet­ings with­out the leave of coun­cil shall cease to serve as mayor or as a coun­cil­lor.

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