So tomorrow is the big day. When we all gather together March 20th, 2013 it will have been two years since the last Lincoln County Humane Society’s Annual General Meeting, which is seven moths longer than stipulated by the Ontario Corporations Act, but hey don’t let a few rules get in the way.
I am really not sure why I am making the effort to write this post other than I made a commitment to a lot of people and even more animals most of which are now dead and more that shall die that I would try my best to STOP THE KILLING.
It has become abundantly clear that for whatever reasons and I am sure there are many, those in whom I thought I could trust and depend have at best manipulated the truth and more likely lied to me and a great deal of people as we all “fought” together to reform LCHS.
For the record, I still maintain that the most effective, efficient, ethical and moral manner in which to resolve the present situation regarding animal welfare in St Catharines and area is through shelter reform and by that I mean the present Board of Directors and subsequently management at LCHS must go.
I do not believe it is the job of St Catharines City Council to “fix it”. Yes I agree that under no circumstances should one single tax dollar be allotted to the present LCHS facility and its employees. Not one dollar!
It is true that LCHS is a private, incorporated business operating in St Catharines but contrary to those who believe otherwise City Council cannot and should not have the power to control how a business is operated even when the business carries out brutal killings of perfectly healthy animals every day. Wrong, yes, illegal no.
It has been my personal opinion since October 19th of 2012 the only manner in which there would ever be resolution was through legal channels. I still maintain this is the case. LCHS Board of Directors and Management continue right up to this minute are in non compliance with more rules of the Ontario Corporations Act than cats they have killed this month!
In October of 2012 a highly respected Corporate Lawyer advised that Ann Davidson assuming the position of Chair in spite of her having allowed her membership to lapse is actionable.
Incredibly it could and should have all ended right then. Read the minutes of the October 20th secret board meeting. This is the meeting that was held behind doors prior to the AGM when 60 odd people crammed into a little room waiting for over and hour and a half to be recognized and heard. Look at the numbers, who was there and who voted for what. http://www.lchs.ca/minutes/LCHS-Minutes-Oct-17-2012.pdf What is wrong with this picture?
At this very moment there are two variations of By Laws in the public eye. One is one the LCHS website and another that has been mailed to various acceptable parties (of which I am not one)
The ByLaws on the website are pretty innocuous with just a few revisions as of February 20th 2012. The other version, which is a virtual copy of the OSPCA By Laws right down to wording re Class A Class B Class C memberships, is about as offensive and restrictive as a set of By Laws can be. to see http://www.lchs.ca/pdf/LCHS-bylawsAmendmentsMar26-11.pdf
Now herein lies the rub:
According to legal advice;
S.129(2) of the Ontario Corporations Act states the by-law passed by directors is effective until next meeting of members where it is to be confirmed or rejected.
Therefore, any and all changes that are being recommended by the B of D are useless until voted in by the PRESENT membership, which includes life members. AND does not recognize PROXIES!!!!!!
Heads up folks! All those proxies that Annie Fannie and Kevvy have been running around accumulating mean absolutely nothing until the PRESENT membership decides whether they wish to incorporate proxies in the by laws!
This is an opportunity for all of those volunteers that were granted memberships and all others to whom membership was bestowed to step up and say NO! No to restrictive memberships, NO to ridiculous rules for the nomination and elections of directors, This is the time for those same people to nominate directors from the floor. This is the time for all of these folks to STOP THE KILLING!
According to the minutes taken directly from the LCHS website the following people have the right to vote to make the right changes and to STOP the KILLING:
Ann Davidson, Present President
MaryLou Davidson, Former Director resigned January 2012
Michael Howe, Former Directro resigned October 2012
James Turpel, Former Director resigned, came back resigned
Heinz Probst, Former Director resigned and Present Director
Jennette Probst , Director
KLASSEN Ed, Present Director and Membership Chair (excuse the expression)
PROBST Christine , Present Director
GHOSAL Rita, Former Director TWICE last resignation October 2012 she’ll be baaaack
KLOKKOU Sarah, Former Director (for 3 weeks) appointed Jan 2013 resigned Jan 2103
KOBYLKA Nadia, former Treasurer Resigned January 2012
There are many more that are not reflected in the minutes. Hey don’t ask me I just report what is available on the website.
There are also a number of Life Members eligible to vote at least until such time as the right is removed which is also on the agenda for the AGM.
Please stop this travesty called LCHS and STOP THE KILLING