No deep breaths; personal reflection at council instead

The entrance to the Cornwall city council chambers. (Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – Deep breaths have moved to a moment of “personal reflection.”

Coun. Bernadette Clement steered away from a “yogaesque” recommendation from the city clerk for three deep breaths to instead have a “moment of reflection.”

But Coun. Brock Frost was concerned a “moment of reflection” should possibly tread on the legal definition of a religious observance.

“It’s amazing what one person in a remote village in Quebec,” Coun. Claude McIntosh said. “I could think the national anthem is next.”

Coun. McIntosh wondered whether the Remembrance Day ceremonies could be in jeopardy.

But Coun. Elaine MacDonald liked the idea of the oath of office saying it was a good idea instead of reflecting on “your golf game.”

Coun. Maurice Dupelle said he was disappointed the prayer is gone as the city got to see a “new face” at every meeting from a different religion denomination.

In the end, the moment of reflection was approved.

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