Amendments to bylaws

124(1) Alterations, additions, repeals, and amendments of and to the bylaws may be proposed by the Provincial Executive Council or the Annual Representative Assembly or any local.

(2) An amendment proposed by a local shall be delivered to the executive secretary not later than the last day of May.

125 Any amendment proposed by the Annual Representative Assembly or a local (which shall be deemed to express the principle in draft form) shall be considered by the Provincial Executive Council at its first meeting following the last day of May. Thereupon, the Provincial Executive Council shall have the right to determine the final draft of such proposed amendment, provided however that the Provincial Executive Council shall not alter the principle or purpose or intention of such proposed amendment. Upon determination of such final draft or of the Provincial Executive Council’s own proposed amendment, the Provincial Executive Council shall instruct the executive secretary to prepare copies thereof for submission on an electoral ballot form to the locals.

126 If it is proposed to affect more than one bylaw or clause or part thereof, the executive secretary shall prepare the electoral ballot in such a manner that the members may vote separately for or against each such proposed change.

127 An electoral ballot form embodying the proposed amendment shall be mailed by the executive secretary to the secretary of each local not later than the last day of September.

128(1) The executive committee of each local shall submit the proposed amendment to a general or local council meeting held thereafter.

(2) A majority of the members present at the meeting called for the purpose shall determine the electoral vote of the local, the result of which shall be transmitted to the executive secretary on or before such date as may be specified by the Provincial Executive Council.

(3) The local shall be entitled to one electoral vote for each 50 members or major fraction thereof, provided that a local with fewer than 26 members shall be entitled to one electoral vote.

129 The result of the electoral vote shall be reported by the executive secretary to the next Annual Representative Assembly. If a majority of the electoral vote favours the amendment or any part thereof, the same shall be submitted to the vote of the Annual Representative Assembly not later than the second day thereof.

130 A two-thirds vote at the Annual Representative Assembly shall be required to adopt any proposed amendment of these bylaws.

131(1) In the case of amendment of these bylaws, the executive secretary shall present the amendment which was adopted by the Annual Representative Assembly to the meeting of the Provincial Executive Council next following the Annual Representative Assembly, and thereupon the Provincial Executive Council shall declare that they be amended accordingly.

(2) In the case of amendment to a bylaw relating to a dispute resolution process, as provided for in section 28 of the Teaching Profession Act, the executive secretary shall submit the amendment which was adopted by the Annual Representative Assembly to the Lieutenant Governor in Council for approval, and such amendment shall come into force in accordance with such approval.

132 The Code of Professional Conduct shall be considered as bylaws for the purpose of amendment and more particularly shall be subject to Bylaws 124 to 131.

133(1) Notwithstanding anything in these bylaws, in the event of an actual or imminent disruption of postal services, the ­Provincial Executive Council may determine alternative arrangements for the conduct of business pursuant to these bylaws, which would otherwise be governed by specific time requirements.

(2) Arrangements under subsection (1) may affect remission of fees, distribution of agenda for a representative assembly, nominations, ballots, bylaw amendment proposals, electoral ballots and receipt and publication of resolutions.

134 Notwithstanding anything herein otherwise contained, the Provincial Executive Council may
(a) rearrange the order and numbering of bylaws in the interests of clarity and simplicity; and
(b) change the name, chapter reference, revision reference or section number of statutes referred to in these bylaws to conform to changes in those statutes; and
(c) correct statutory or formal names in any bylaws; and
(d) correct typographical errors in any bylaws; and
(e) amend the bylaws, where time is considered by Provincial Executive Council to be of the essence, in accordance with the following procedure:
(i) the proposed bylaw amendment is submitted by Provincial Executive Council;
(ii) notice of such amendment is served to the secretary of each local at least 30 days prior to commencement of a representative assembly;
(iii) the proposed amendment is adopted by at least a three-quarters vote at a representative assembly.