News Prayers at council could be on the way out SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, staff Thursday, Apr. 16th, 2015 At the beginning of every regular city council meeting, a short prayer is read. However, that may change. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled yesterday that municipalities are not allowed to read prayers. The ruling came after a man in Quebec challenged the tradition. As part of the ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada says the prayer creates a distinction, exclusion and preference based on religion. There is no word yet on if Timmins council will make changes, and what those changes will be.