Amendments to Municipal Legislation Give More Flexibility

first_img allow the municipal council to hold in-camera meetings for confidential intergovernmental matters clarify that council may make policies that require a special majority to decide a question during a council meeting allow infrastructure charges for new or expanded recreational, fire and library facilities in a subdivision by-law include a justice of the peace as an issuing authority for orders to enter a property make it optional for HRM to survey and prepare a description of property when considering to expropriate it harmonize provisions for regulating development near airports Changes to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Charter and the Municipal Government Act will give HRM more flexibility and discretion to make decisions. The six amendments were requested by the municipality to give it additional decision-making power, clarify provisions and correct inconsistencies in the legislation. “These amendments ensure legislation is clear and consistent,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. “The proposed changes to the HRM charter will ensure the municipality will have the flexibility it needs to govern and administer efficiently, effectively and it aligns with council’s long-term planning.” The proposed amendments will:last_img read more

Former Rwandan colonel gets 25year sentence from UN war crimes tribunal

25 February 2010The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide today sentenced a former top officer in the country’s armed forces to 25 years of imprisonment after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Lieutenant Colonel Ephrem Setako, who was also head of the Division of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Defence in 1994, is believed to be one of the key architects of the mass killings during which an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed – often by machete or club – during a 100-day period. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in Arusha, Tanzania, found that Lt.-Col. Setako ordered the killings on 25 April 1994 of 30 to 40 Tutsis at Mukamira military camp in Ruhengeri prefecture and around 10 other Tutsis there on 11 May.He was found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity (extermination) and serious violations of Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol II (murder), but acquitted of complicity to commit genocide, murder as a crime against humanity and pillage as a war crime.Some 55 witnesses took part in the trial of Lt.-Col. Setako, who was arrested in the Netherlands in 2004. read more