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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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Seriously, does ANYONE read the By Laws!

On October 17th, 2012 in direct contravention of the By Laws of LCHS, Ann Davidson, Mary Lou Davidson, Christine Probst and Michael Howe were allowed to maintain their positions on the Board of Directors when they had not renewed their memberships for the entire 2012-year!!!! Not only that but Ann Davidson kept the position of President!

3.02 DIRECTORS TO BE IN GOOD STANDING Each Director, for forty-five (45) days prior to his or her term of office, at the time of his or her election, and continuously throughout his or her term, shall be a member in good standing of the Corporation

According to the letter recently sent to the fifty plus membership applicants which gave notice of the B of D’s declining the applications, it was stated that three new Directors are to be installed on January 16th, 2013. Heinz Probst and Judy Haist are two of those potential Directors. Interesting that both of these people have been on the LCHS B of D in the past so it is rather obvious that they too have no issue with non-compliance. The memberships of these two potential Directors were confirmed on December 19th 2012. Now, I am no mathematician and we are all aware of Strooband’s inability to keep track of numbers but even he or even Joe Kushner (the professor) or Membership Chair, steady Eddie (HAHAHA) should able to count the days on a calendar and December 19th to January 16th is NOT 45 days!

Here’s some more: On December 19th 2102, Tom Manney, Vice President and Grace Pang, Secretary were denied renewal of their Membership for 2013 as was I. There are a few  issues at stake here, the first is the by law which references the “expulsion” of a Member:

First issue:

8.08 Expulsion of a Member Any member can be expelled by the board, by a two-thirds vote, for non-payment of dues, or after a notice and opportunity for hearing, for conduct unbecoming a member.

Well I know I paid my dues, which as of this writing has not been returned to me. I did not receive any notice of conduct unbecoming so I would like to know why I was refused renewal? I would at least like to be advised as why I am no longer suitable for membership and I would like the opportunity to refute any erroneous allegations as is accorded to me by the By Laws. I am sure that Tom Manney and Grace Pang would welcome the opportunity to do so as well.

Second issue:

3.08 Removal of Directors The members of the Corporation may, by resolution passed by at least two –thirds vote, CAST AT A GENERAL MEETING of which NOTICE SPECIFYING THE INTENTION TO PASS SUCH A RESOLUTION HAS BEEN GIVEN, remove any Director before the expiration of is/her term of office and may by a majority of the votes cast at such a meeting, elect any person in his/her stead for the remainder of his/her term, in accordance with this by law.

Well, on December 19th, I was a member of LCHS as were a number of other people and no one that I have spoken to was given notice there was going to be a resolution made on December 19th to remove Tom and Grace from their respective offices. Oh and by the way, the meeting of December 19th was a Board of Directors’’ meeting NOT A GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. It is two-thirds of the MEMBERSHIP at a GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting that determines if a Director is removed from office prior to the conclusion of his/her term.

According to this by law, Tom Manney and Grace Pang should still be on the Board of Directors and holding their respective offices of Vice President and Secretary.

Third Issue:

5.03 Oath of Office Before being eligible to hold office, Officers ad Directors, as elected, shall take the oath of office within forty-five (45) days immediately following the election, and shall CONTINUE TO HOLD OFFICE UNTIL THEIR SUCCESSOR HAS BEEN DULY APPOINTED OR ELECTED AND TAKEN THE OATH OF OFFICE.

I reiterate, according to this by law, Tom Manney and Grace Pang should still be on the Board of Directors and holding their respective offices of Vice President and Secretary.

A number of weeks ago I was so incensed by the blatant disregard for the By Laws by the very people that are to abide by these rules to the letter that I sought counsel from a Corporate Lawyer that is very well versed in Not For Profit Corporate Law.  At the time I spoke with this Lawyer I was addressing only the first situation, that of Davidson, Davidson, Probst and Howe. I was advised this behavior by the B of D was “actionable” and would probably be successful which would mean the overturning of the reinstating of the fabulous four. I in turn advised numerous people involved with NKSC this is the case. Since that time the B of D has completely ignored the By Laws of the Corporation and continues to function outside the regulations of its own rules.

FYI!!!

The Not For Profit Corporation Act specifically states that a NFP must hold an Annual General Meeting no later than fifteen (15) months from the date of the previous meeting.

The last  LCHS AGM was April 2011. I know where we go with the darn math again. I believe that April 2011 to January 2013 is, ummmmmmm TWENTY -ONE MONTHS

Also, referring the recent letter sent out by Steady Eddie of behalf of the B of D, he makes mention of changes to the By Laws.  Note the By laws regarding amendments in  ARTICLE 10

You  may download a complete copy of the LCHS By Laws here.

LCHS_bylaws