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Petitions

 


Preparing Petitions

  • The purpose of the petition must be clearly stated, including the remedy sought from Regional Council or the appropriate Community Council;
  • The name, civic address, and either telephone number or email address of the originator of the petition;
  • The name, civic address, and signature of everyone who signs the petition; AND
  • The date the petition was started.

All information contained in a petition is deemed to be public information, including the names and addresses of those signing the petition.

Acceptable Types of Petitions

  • Petitioners may use any format provided all of the above mandatory information is included.
  • You may also download, print and use this “sample” petition form.
  • Note: based on the unreliability of the petition process, the Clerk’s Office will not accept petitions generated through www.change.org. When submitting petitions, it is up to the individual initiating and submitting the petitions to verify a reliable petition source.

Submitting Petitions

Manually

Provide the original hardcopy of the completed petition to a member of Regional Council or the Municipal Clerks Office for presentation to either Regional Council or the appropriate Community Council.

Electronically - via email

There are several providers of online petition services and forums that a petitioner may choose to run their petition. HRM does not endorse any specific method, however whichever method is used must include all of the above noted mandatory information.

  • Send the weblink of the completed petition to the Municipal Clerk’s Office for submission to the next available Regional Council session or the appropriate Community Council; OR
  • Send a .csv file containing the completed petition data to the Municipal Clerk’s Office for submission to the next available Regional Council session or the appropriate Community Council.

Due to the potential volume of response to online petitions, the size of electronic files MAY exceed HRM server capacity, therefore the preferred method of submission is via a weblink to the petition results. If attempting to send a file that is rejected due to size, please contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office and arrangements will be made to receive your petition via alternate means.

Disposition of Petitions

As outlined in Administrative Order One ("The Procedure of the Council),"Section 47 subsections (4), (5), and (6):

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(4) When a Member presents a petition to the Council, the Member shall acquaint the Council with its contents and ask leave for it to be entered.

(5) A petition or written communication to the Council on a subject already before a committee of the Council may be referred by the Presiding Officer to the committee without any motion.

(6) No Member shall speak upon nor debate a petition or a written communication if it has been referred but a Member may move that in referring the matter the Council give certain instructions.