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  • 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 »

  • Alexander Holburn: Societies Transition NewsletterJanuary 18, 2017

    Alexander Holburn, a Vancouver law firm, has published a transition newsletter highlighting the process. The newsletter is available online. It contains much of the information on this blog, as well as additional comments from Ingrid Tsui and Robert Pakrul, societies and business lawyers in Vancouve … Read more »

  • BC Registries: Walkthrough of Societies Online applicationNovember 30, 2016

    Dye & Durham and Debbie Turner, the Deputy Registrar of Companies, have put together a video explaining the Societies Online application. The presentation breaks down how the new web application works, and how a society will transition itself using the system. It is available online. Thanks to Dye … Read more »