Halifax regional councillors were supposed to have the day off.

But with an ambitious agenda set for the Oct. 19 meeting — which includes a report on the proposed trade centre for downtown Halifax — council will reconvene today to try to clear up some space on next week’s agenda.

Mayor Peter Kelly said scheduling a second session for October will free up time for council to appropriately address the trade centre report next week.

“We’re trying to send out the time frames for (the Oct. 19 session) so we can take whatever time we need to review whatever information we may have at that time and go from there,” he said.

Today’s agenda includes recommendations to change the structure of the municipality’s various committees that, if approved, will unite them under the banner of six standing committees.

Almost 40 committees would be consolidated under the standing committees, meaning more councillors would be focused on fewer portfolios.

Kelly said the hope is the standing committee structure would allow councillors to concentrate on their areas of interest, making council more efficient and effective.

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