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Definition of Shall vs. Must

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When something is written as "shall" in a by-law, does this mean the same as "must", or can it carry a different meaning (such as suggested)?

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When something is written as "shall" in a by-law, does this mean the same as "must", or can it carry a different meaning (such as suggested)?

RONR doesn't define the word "shall," but it's difficult to try to pass it off as a suggestion... while keeping a straight face.

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RONR doesn't define the word "shall," but it's difficult to try to pass it off as a suggestion... while keeping a straight face.

Especially when it appears in the By-laws. However, it it up to the assembly to determine the meaning of its own By-laws.

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When something is written as "shall" in a by-law, does this mean the same as "must", or can it carry a different meaning (such as suggested)?

Maybe you are recalling 'should' as meaning suggested?

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