Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A regular meeting of the Township of Nipissing Council was held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

Present: Mayor Pat Haufe and Councillors Tom Butler, Dougal Culham, Tom Piper and Liz Smith.

Staff and visitors present: Dave Yemm, John-Paul Negrinotti, Rob Serson, Kris Croskery-Hodgins and Charles Barton.

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.

Disclosure of pecuniary interest: Councillor Liz Smith

Staff Reports: Dave Yemm, Operations Superintendent – verbal and written report.
Rob Serson, Fire Chief – verbal report.
John-Paul Negrinotti, EDO-CEMC-Planning Assistant – verbal report.

Councillor Dougal Culham was excused from the meeting for personal reasons.

Staff Reports Continued:
Kris Croskery-Hodgins, Treasurer-Deputy Clerk – verbal report.
Charles Barton, CAO-Clerk – verbal report.

Committee Reports:
Tom Piper – District of Parry Sound Municipal Association Meeting, SNFRW Committee
Liz Smith – Nipissing Township Museum Board, Nipissing Recreation Committee
Pat Haufe- Municipality of Callander Warf Opening Celebration, Planning Conference,
North Bay Mattawa Source Water Protection Committee

R2014-171 L. Smith, T. Piper: That the minutes of the meeting held September 16, 2014 be adopted as published. Carried.

R2014-172 T. Butler, T. Piper: WHEREAS the training and certification of professional firefighters is established and mandated by the Province of Ontario under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997;
AND WHEREAS municipalities have accepted the responsibility of establishing fire departments and appointing fire chiefs to provide fire protection services as they determine may be necessary in accordance with their needs and circumstances;
AND WHEREAS many Ontario municipalities rely on both full time and volunteer firefighters in order to provide fire protection;
AND WHEREAS the International Association of Fire Fighters (“IAFF”) Constitution prohibits full time firefighters from volunteering as firefighters in another municipal jurisdiction (i.e. “Double Hatting”);
AND WHEREAS the IAFF’s stance on Double Hatting is specifically prohibited by legislation in all but two provinces in Canada and much of the United States;

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AND WHEREAS a volunteer firefighter in the Innisfil Fire and Rescue Service is challenging the IAFF ban on Double Hatting and their expulsions from that union because of his desire to continue volunteering while being employed as a full-time firefighter in another jurisdiction;
AND WHEREAS the right of individuals to use their free time in service of their community is a fundamental right in a free, open and democratic society.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Township of Nipissing requests that the Province of Ontario amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 with respect to salaried firefighters who also work as volunteer firefighters, such that if a person is denied membership in an association of firefighters, is expelled or disciplined by the association or engages in reasonable dissent within the association in connection with this kind of dual role, the association is not permitted to require the employer to refuse to employ the person as a salaried firefighter, terminate his or her employment as a salaried firefighter or refuse to assign the person to fire protection services. Carried.

R2014-173 L. Smith, T. Butler: That we accept a quote received from Northland Glass and Metal Limited to supply and install a new entrance way to the Township Office. Tender amount $3,864.00 plus tax. Carried.

Discussion regarding Board and Committee Appointments for the 2014-2018 Term of Council was held.

R2014-174 L. Smith, T. Piper: That we accept the correspondence as presented. Carried.

R2014-175 T. Butler, T. Piper: That the statement of accounts dated: September 17, 19 and 25 and October 7, 2014, totalling $146,443.19, be approved. Carried.

R2014- 176 T. Piper, L. Smith: That we pass By-Law No. 2014-39, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council at its meeting held on October 7, 2014. Read the first, second and third time and passed this 7th day of October, 2014. Carried.

2014-177 T. Butler, T. Piper: That the meeting be adjourned. Time: 9:31 p.m. Next regular meeting October 21, 2014. Carried.



Minutes prepared as per Section 228 (1) (a) of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c. 25. Clerk to record, without note or comment, all resolutions, decisions and other proceedings of the council.

Minutes to be approved by Council at the next regular Council Meeting.