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  • The Hospital Act and ministerial approval of bylaw changesMay 5, 2017

    As of March 29, 2017, the Hospital Act now sets out more than 50 societies designated “hospital societies” who may not change their constitution or bylaws without ministerial approval, and must provide an affidavit they have complied with the terms of the Hospital Act over the course of their last f … Read more »

  • Five drafting tips to avoid pile-ons at a members’ meetingApril 25, 2017

    Let’s not pretend. No one joins a society because they enjoy fighting with other members. Litigation is expensive, time-consuming, and generally unpleasant for all involved. Often these disputes start because of “meeting stacking”: where a certain group signs-on a bunch of members who change the org … Read more »

  • What are the rights of “non-voting” members?April 9, 2017

    The new BC Societies Act allows for the creation of classes of voting and non-voting members, a welcome change many new and transitioning societies are taking advantage of. But what are the rights of non-voting members, and when should non-voting classes be considered? Under the new Act, only voting … Read more »

  • When are my “previously unalterables” still unalterable?March 22, 2017

    I’m asked a lot about the “previously unalterable” provisions: those sections of a society’s constitution which must be moved into the bylaws and may be altered by a special resolution of the membership after the society transitions. But some societies are not at liberty to change these, at least no … Read more »

  • “Oppression” under the new Societies ActMarch 20, 2017

    The oppression remedy seeks to protect members from unfair actions taken by a society, its members, or its directors. Outside a request to wind-up a society, the new Societies Act brings in a wider and more accessible oppression remedy which borrows from corporate law but does not exactly reproduce … Read more »