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Time to Party ? Time to Mourn? Time to ACT!

There’s a party going on! Yep, no doubt there will be much backslapping, cheering and mutual aggrandizing at LCHS today and deservedly so. Well done Strooband, Kushner, Davidson et al, you did it. You and your one minute one dollar proxies won the day.

We Did It! We Won!

We Did It! We Won!

CONGRATULATIONS, now let the killing commence

We lost

We lost

It had NOTHING to do with animal welfare, NOTHING. The LCHS AGM was all about sticking it to the taxpayers and donors of St Catharines. It was nothing more than a group of vindictive, immature, spiteful , egotistical, small minded, morally bankrupt individuals more concerned with maintaining a death grip on their pathetic “positions” than caring for the well being of animals.

The meeting had been choreographed for weeks and in the end, mission accomplished. Had this “operation been carried out with any degree of ethics or responsibility or with even an iota of decency I would not be as bothered but it was a case of pure and simple bullying. Apparently Roberts Rules of Order, the Ontario Corporations Act and a specific motion of City Council are of no consequence to the mighty demagogues of LCHS. Apparently there is one set of rules for we, the unwashed masses and then there is the golden rule for LCHS. “He who owns the gold rules and in this case the gold was the purchased proxies.

Sorry, I just cannot conjure up the energy to go through the whole charade again.

You can “read all about it” in the Standard

St Catharines Standard

St Catharines Standard

and in Ros’ blog   .http://rosalindwent.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/lchs-membership-so-close-yet-so-far/#comment-943

To those beautiful healthy, treatable dogs and cats that have been killed in the last ten years – OVER 25,000, think about it, TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND, we tried. To those thousands of healthy, treatable dogs and cats that will be killed at LCHS, we tried.

The Kushner Cocktail

The Kushner Cocktail

We have not given up, we shall continue in our efforts to STOP THE KILLING!


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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:

Drue Ellison,

Allison Noble

Michael Saunders

Alison Danecker

Karen Moncur

Linda Charley

Ann Davidson,  Present President

MaryLou Davidson, Former Director resigned January 2012

Michael Howe,  Former Directro resigned October 2012

Zeljka Worden

Elizabeth McGill

James Turpel,  Former Director resigned, came back resigned

Heinz Probst,   Former Director resigned and Present Director

Jennette Probst , Director

CHARLEY Robert

KLASSEN Ed,  Present Director and Membership Chair (excuse the expression)

HAIST Albert

HAIST Judy

DANECKER Alison

PROBST Christine , Present Director

PROBST Jennette

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

Chris Lamoire-Armes

Patricia Bye

Graeme Mcloughlin

Megan Pasche

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.

http://www.lchs.ca/about_meetings.php

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

The following is the “other” set of proposed by lawsAttachment-1

Attachment-2

Attachment-3

Attachment-4 copy


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In the beginning, there was light followed by a tremendous bang.

The following day, Joe Kushner became the Council Representative and or a Director of the Lincoln County Humane Society and darkness immediately ensued, lasting for 35years!

70,000 plus, and the KILLING continues

June 10, 1989, St Catharines Standard “St Catharines alderman also a board member, said he “can live with “ the strict new rules.

The rules Joe refers to are those that continue to this day in which an applicant must obtain the sponsorship of a Board Directors and two references in order to become a member of LCHS.

But he said he also has “some difficulty” with the rule which eliminates members of competing organizations from eligibility and leaves the definition up to the board.

On the heals of the “election” which ousted Catherine Ens and installed Ashley Shannon as President LCHS, the illustrious Kushner had this to say,

October 7, 1989, St Catharines Standard, Ald. Joe Kushner, St Catharines council’s representative for 12 years, agrees that the society is there to protect animals.

Although he considers himself a part of the “old guard” he stops short of saying people with different beliefs on animal welfare should be prevented from serving on the board.”

October 7, 1989,

Further on in the article “In a memo to the board, Ald Kushner insisted that the board meetings be open to the public.”

October 17th, 2012.

Joe Kushner voted to keep the 50plus membership applicants from joining the Board of Directors, Meeting held prior to the AGM (that didn’t happen)

October 19, 2012, St Catharines Standard, To Siscoe’s threat that the city should look elsewhere for animal control services, St. Catharines Councilor Joe Kushner — the municipal representative on the humane society board — said dropping the agency might not be a good idea. “If the contract is ended, what does the city do with animal control?” he said. “In my opinion, the humane society does an excellent job. But when you’re dealing with animals, you have very passionate feelings and it can be difficult at times. “Kushner did, however, agree the doors should be open for the agency’s meetings.”

Nov. 8, 2012

Kushner said he is also an advocate of transparency. FOR THE THIRD TIME!!!!

 Nov 21, 2012

A couple of highlights, during the debate regarding passing a motion to accept the applicants’ as members, Joe Kushner states “I have some concerns with one of the names in the list”. When asked who that might be, he can’t recall the name. When pushed further, he did not wish to state publicly the person with whom he had issues. Tom Manney suggested that Kushner should then vote in favour of the remainder of the applicants. NO WAY! Joe Kushner who was introduced as the City Council representative on the LCHS Board of Directors voted against the motion

November 21, 2012,

On a motion by Council representative, Joe Kushner made a motion that all Board of Directors’ meeting be open to the public

December 6th, 2012 Joe Kushner and the Board of Directors met via “email” and voted to defer all but 11 memberships for an undetermined period of time.

The 11 applicants that were approved are volunteers at LCHS and yet, four other volunteers were rebuffed. In one case, a volunteer that is a Foster home, Miriam Cooper was accepted and yet her husband, Brad Davis who also applied and who resides in the same home was deferred.

An employee’s application was deferred

Two City Councilors’ applications were deferred

December 12, 2012

Board of Directors’ Meeting for December 19th announced. I have sent an email to the Queen of Hearts (Ann Davidson) and her entire court  (Board of Directors) asking consideration be given to changing the venue d to avoid the Joe Kushner “FIRE CODE” excuse. As of this writing no reply, no surprise there.

 Ms. Davidson

I would like to thank you and your Board of Directors for displaying some common sense and responsibility by arranging a larger venue in which the last Board of Directors’ meeting was held. It is my sincere hope that you will continue to display the same respect for those who are interested in the proceedings of these very important meetings by making similar arrangement for the upcoming meeting of December 19th 2012.

 I am quite confident there will be a significant turn out for this meeting and it would most certainly serve in the best interested of the Board and yourself to make the proceedings open to the public as moved by Joe Kushner and approved by the ENTIRE board. Granted, recently the Board has reneged on this motion and once again reverted too its “secret society” methods of doing business but let’s just assume that was an unfortunate anomaly. 

This morning, Tim Denis and yesterday both Tim Denis and Tom McConnell of 610 CKTB (radio) commented on the “terrible optics” of these secret meetings. Given these types of comments surely it would behoove the Board of Directors to ensure that all that attend the upcoming meeting shall be admitted safely and comfortably in an appropriate venue.

If you wish, I would be delighted to assist in finding a venue that will satisfy the needs of a meeting of this size. Please let me know if I may be of assistance. Granted that would mean a reply and since you have not done so on my previous eleven messages it is highly unlikely you would choose to show any respect or common decency at this point. If however, you do manage to scrounge up a bit of courtesy, do let me know.

Regards

Julia McLaren

MEMBER, LCHS

Cc: jkushner@stcatharines.ca, Thomas Manney tm9633@icloud.com, marylou.2012@gmail.com, msgambati@cogeco.ca, Grace P gpgracep@gmail.com, dr_zydis@hotmail.com, kstrooband@lchs.ca, probst@hhsc.ca, nkobylka@macgillivray.com

On November 20, 2012, a public meeting was held at the Russell Avenue Community Centre, ironically the same meeting room that would host the Board of Directors meeting, the venue of which had been changed to accommodate the crowd. The purpose of the public meting was to educate the public, animal care workers, staff, volunteers, BOARD OF DIRECTORS anyone with an interest in learning what NO KILL is truly all about, facts, myths, truth, lies the whole enchilada. Of the 150 attendees, no surprise, no Joe, no Ann, no Nadia, no MaryLou (who attests to be a No Kill advocate, but obviously a coward), no Ed, no Christine. NO SURPRISE!

The following night in the same building with virtually the same people in attendance Ann, Joe, Ed. Christine, Mary Lou (no still a coward) Nadia (nope), voted to defer the memberships of over 60 people indefinitely. When met with a mighty roar of hostile, angry voices, the Board of Directors did a quick back up and agreed to “deal” with the applications in two weeks. They couldn’t even keep that commitment, it had to go another day. It reminds me of a little kid pushing to see what the limits might be before an angry frustrated, fed up parent might do in responds to the childish behaviour. Pathetic, just plain pathetic.

The piece de resistance has got to be this piece of unadulterated, uneducated, ignorant, biased garbage that was submitted to the Standard by Joe aka Blowhard Kushner. Kushner Current LCHS 121206to download Joe’s latest insanity

This waste of oxygen didn’t have the decency, common sense and or the cojones to attend a public meeting in which had he kept an open mind, he may have become educated in the No Kill Equation. NO, much better he should spew his totally uneducated, totally misinformed drivel in a pathetic attempt to save face within a community that considers him nothing more than a pathetic caricature of a man.

70,000 plus, and the KILLING continues

You’re a mean one Mister K

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