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Articles of Continuance and Updated By-laws

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The Couchiching Conservancy was incorporated in 1993 under the Canada Corporations Act. That Act has existed since 1917 and is outdated. Recently the federal government passed the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act which establishes a new set of rules for federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations in Canada. The rules under the new Act are modern, flexible and more suited to the needs of the not-for-profit sector. There is less red tape with simplified processes and more flexibility to operate. All Corporations created under the old Canada Corporations Act must transition to the new Act by October 17, 2014. The process involves the submission of Articles of Continuance as well as the creation and filing of a new By-law to govern how the Conservancy will operate going forward.

A Committee of the Board of Directors has been drafting the Articles of Continuance and the new By-law. There will be no dramatic changes from the way that the Conservancy has been operating.

The members of the Conservancy must approve the Articles and the By-law at a meeting by a special resolution. That resolution must be approved by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at the meeting. The Board of Directors must also first approve the Articles and pass the By-law.

Accordingly, the Board is setting a special meeting date of members for April 7th at 7:00pm at Swanmore Hall. There will be a short presentation to explain the Articles and By-law. The Board will answer any questions raised and then the vote will be taken.

Only members are entitled to vote and therefore we encourage all of you that are currently members, or are considering becoming members, to do so soon. Please call Tanya Clark at the office: 705.326.1620.

The proposed Articles of Continuance and By-law are available here: Click here to read the By-laws.

We encourage you to read and ask any questions regarding these corporate documents before the meeting as your questions may be answered in advance. By doing so, the time spent on April 7th will be the most productive.