The Ministry of Finance has removed the 2014 Societies Act White Paper from its website. A mirrored copy of the paper, which includes an early draft of the legislation and drafters’ rationale, is available here.
Convicted fraudster Anita Dunkers has had her 2014 five year imprisonment and restitution sentence affirmed by the BC Court of Appeal. Ms. Dunkers was central to the fraud that brought down the Capital Families Association (“CFA”), a society and registered charity, leaving a gap in the social services and family assistance world in the Western Communities on Vancouver Island.
All BC societies should complete a bare minimum transition by November 28, 2018 or risk being struck from the register.
Minor clean-up of the Societies Act continues. Sections 18 to 20 and 22 to 26 of the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2018, c. 23 (Bill 24) are in force October 1, 2018 (BC Reg 192/2018), and the Societies Transitional Interim Regulation (BC Reg 99/2016) is repealed.
Disciplining members is frequently done incorrectly. It is often arbitrary, quick, and without a fair process. This leaves the action, however valid, vulnerable to challenge. This post clarifies three “don’ts” of member discipline and expulsion.
Can my society have “alternate directors” — individuals who exercise the powers of an absent director? Can directors vote by proxy? What are the limits in general corporate law applicable to societies in this situation?
When can visitors to Canada assist Canadian non-profits in a volunteer capacity? Can a charitable or religious worker obtain a work permit, and if so, must they be paid? This post describes some of the common issues faced by non-profits and volunteers.
A recent decision of the BC Supreme Court may set a precedent that rules and other documents incorporated by bylaw may be enforced as bylaws, when certain circumstances are met. It is also one of the first reported cases to establish oppression under the new Societies Act.
The BC government has passed the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2018, S.B.C. 2018, c. 23 (Bill 24), which provides additional clarity around higher-threshold special resolutions, auditors, and record production.
I have heard rumours that it is “illegal” or “unlawful” to donate groceries or food that is beyond a best-buy date, or that there is a liability concern. This is incorrect.