Fraud sentence affirmed: R v. Dunkers, 2018 BCCA 363

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.

Can a society’s provisions still be “unalterable”?

As of November 28, 2016, a constitution may only contain a society’s purposes, and no provision in a society’s bylaws can be “unalterable.” While this is good news for many societies which have to adapt their bylaws or purposes to accept specific gifts or govern themselves as time goes on, some are concerned that they will be vulnerable to straying from their key values or obligations. Others have external funding agreements which are dependent on such provisions. However, there are ways to protect a society’s key values, purposes, and funding agreements so they are…

Regulations: Societies Regulations released

The Regulations under the new BC Societies Act (“the Act”) are now available. The Societies Regulation details certain requirements for society names, the default Model Bylaws, various fees, the Reporting Society Provisions, and directions on how to report on remuneration of directors, employees and contractors. It also contains provisions on Directors and Senior Managers who are 16 and 17 years old. The Model Bylaws will be dealt with in another post.