The singing of “O Canada” may soon become a fixture at the beginning of Common Council meetings.

A staff report is recommending Council approve the recommendation to establish a “volunteer “O Canada” program to showcase local talent at Council meetings.”

Prior to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling 2015 – Council meetings opened with a prayer. The practice was discontinued following the ruling which centred on a complaint filed by a secular rights group against the municipal council in Saguenay – Quebec for opening its meetings with a Catholic prayer. The Supreme Court ruled reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings infringes on freedom of conscience and religion.

Some councils across the country have since opted for a moment of reflection or singing of the national anthem.

Council will deal with the recommendation at its Monday night council meeting. The complete staff report can be found as part of the Council package here.