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Revised Statutes of Newfoundland 1990


CHAPTER S-25

AN ACT RESPECTING THE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Analysis

1. Short title

2. Advisory council

3. Duties

4. Members

5. Vacancy

6. Meetings

7. Expenses

8. President

9. Vice-president

10. Powers

11. Administrative assistant

12. Duties of administrative assistant

13. Staff

14. Annual report

15. Budget

16. Appropriation

17. Audit of accounts

18. Regulations


Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Status of Women Advisory Council Act.

1980 c18 s1

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Advisory council

2. The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women - Newfoundland and Labrador is continued as a corporation, in this Act called the advisory council.

1983 c69 s1

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Duties

3. The advisory council shall

(a) advise the Premier on those matters relating to the status of women that the Premier refers to the advisory council for consideration;

(b) advise the Premier on those matters relating to the status of women that the advisory council feels appropriate; and

(c) bring before the government and the public matters of interest and concern to women.

1980 c18 s3

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Members

4. (1) The advisory council shall consist of 11 members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

(2) The members of the advisory council shall be appointed for a term of 3 years.

(3) A member is eligible for reappointment.

(4) An appointed member of the advisory council whose term of office has expired shall continue to be a member of that board until a successor is appointed.

(5) Within 3 months of the expiry of a term of office of a member the Lieutenant-Governor in Council shall appoint or reappoint a member.

1980 c18 s4

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Vacancy

5. Where a member of the advisory council is unable to perform the duties of the office, the Lieutenant-Governor in Council may appoint a substitute member for the balance of the term of the member replaced.

1980 c18 s5

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Meetings

6. (1) The advisory council shall hold at least 4 meetings in a year and the meetings shall continue for at least 2 days.

(2) Meetings of the advisory council may be held anywhere in the province.

1980 c18 s6

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Expenses

7. Members of the advisory council shall serve without reimbursement other than

(a) remuneration for those meetings of the advisory council that a member attends that may be prescribed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council; and

(b) disbursements for expenses necessarily incurred by a member in connection with the work of the advisory council, that may be prescribed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

1980 c18 s7

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President

8. (1) The Lieutenant-Governor in Council shall appoint from the 11 members, a president and vice-president of the advisory council.

(2) The president is the chief executive officer of the advisory council and shall direct the activities of the advisory council and coordinate its work.

(3) Notwithstanding section 7, the president shall be paid an annual salary to be fixed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council by regulation.

1980 c18 s8

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Vice-president

9. Where the president is unable to exercise the powers and duties of president, the vice-president shall act in place of the president and subsection 8(3) applies to the vice-president as may be appropriate in the circumstances.

1980 c18 s9

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Powers

10. The advisory council may

(a) receive and hear submissions and suggestions from individuals and groups concerning the status of women;

(b) research matters relating to the status of women and suggest research areas that may be studied by an interested person;

(c) recommend and participate in programs concerning the status of women;

(d) recommend legislation, policies and practices to promote equality of opportunity for women and to improve the status of women;

(e) publish reports, studies and recommendations that the advisory council feels advisable; and

(f) present reports to the Premier for presentation to the House of Assembly.

1980 c18 s10

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Administrative assistant

11. (1) The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may, in consultation with the advisory council, appoint an administrative assistant of the advisory council.

(2) The administrative assistant is responsible to the advisory council and for the purpose of this Act, shall be considered to be an employee of the advisory council.

(3) The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may, in consultation with the advisory council, remove the administrative assistant for cause.

1980 c18 s11

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Duties of administrative assistant

12. The administrative assistant shall perform those duties that may be assigned to the administrative assistant by the advisory council and shall

(a) keep the minutes of the meetings of the advisory council;

(b) provide those services that the advisory council may request; and

(c) supervise, subject to direction from the president, projects undertaken by the advisory council.

1980 c18 s12; 1983 c69 s2

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Staff

13. (1) The advisory council may, with the consent of the Premier, retain a person under contract as may, in the opinion of the advisory council, be necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the advisory council.

(2) Where a person is retained under subsection (1), that person shall, for the purpose of this Act, be considered to be an employee of the advisory council.

1980 c18 s13

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Annual report

14. (1) The advisory council shall, within 3 months after the end of a financial year, submit to the Premier a written report including

(a) a report of meetings held by the advisory council during the year;

(b) a report of the findings, conclusions and recommendations made by the advisory council to the Premier during the year;

(c) a copy of the report by the auditor general submitted under subsection 17(2); and

(d) a financial statement setting out

(i) the assets and liabilities of the advisory council, and

(ii) the revenue and expenditure of the advisory council for the previous financial year.

(2) The Premier shall, within 2 months of the receipt of the report, present the report of the advisory council to the House of Assembly where the House of Assembly is then in session and, where it is not, within 1 month after the beginning of the next session.

1980 c18 s14; 1983 c69 s3

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Budget

15. (1) The advisory council shall not later than September 30 in a year, prepare, adopt and submit to the Premier a budget containing estimates of sums required during the next financial year for the purposes of the advisory council, and in a budget there shall be set out the estimated revenue and expenditure in a detail and in a form that the Premier may prescribe.

(2) The financial year of the advisory council begins on April 1 in a year and ends on March 31 in the next year.

1980 c18 s15; 1983 c69 s4

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Appropriation

16. The expenses of the advisory council shall be defrayed out of money appropriated for the advisory council by the Legislature.

1980 c18 s16

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Audit of accounts

17. (1) The auditor general shall audit the accounts of the advisory council and has authority to call for and shall be supplied by the advisory council with books and vouchers that he or she considers necessary for his or her audit.

(2) The auditor general shall submit a report of the examination to the president of the advisory council.

1980 c18 s17

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Regulations

18. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may make regulations to give effect to the purpose of this Act.

1980 c18 s18

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