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Ontario court allows parent charity to change its governance structure

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 10:38 AM | By Ryan Prendergast

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision highlights the importance of following corporate procedure, as well as judicial reluctance to interfere in board decisions made in accordance with a charitable corporation’s internal documents.

The case, Ottawa Humane Society v. Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 2017 ONSC 5409, dealt with a governance dispute between the OSPCA and seven of its affiliated societies, separately incorporated and independent from the society.

The dispute began when the OSPCA board voted to:

“temporarily suspend” the affiliated...