04/14/2014 02:47 EDT | Updated 06/14/2014 05:59 EDT

Legislation would allow Nova Scotia village councils to hold in-camera meetings

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia villages would be allowed to discuss confidential and personnel matters in private under proposed changes to Municipal Government Act.

Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey says the changes are being made at the request of the Association of Nova Scotia Villages.

He says the government is correcting an oversight in the original law in allowing villages the same rights to have in-camera meetings as towns and cities.

Furey says councils can go in-camera to discuss such issues as the buying and selling of village property, personnel matters, labour relations and contract negotiations, legal advice and public security.

The changes would affect 22 villages.