Co-operative Law

Virtual town hall: Best practices for housing co-ops during COVID-19

September 14th, 2020 by Iler Campbell

Looking for more legal education this Wednesday? After signing off from Michael Hackl’s webinar on navigating COVID in a unionized workplace, sign on to CHF Canada’s virtual town hall. Celia Chandler will be on hand providing answers from a legal perspective to attendee questions on best practices for housing co-ops during the pandemic. She will be joined by experts in public health and insurance.

Sign up for the event here.

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Community living in the time of COVID-19: navigating the law

May 6th, 2020 by Iler Campbell

This is part of a series of webinars we’re running all May long. Check out the other events here!

We’ve just posted a recording of Celia Chandler’s webinar, “Community living in the time of COVID-19: navigating the law.” Check it out below.

 

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Provincial Emergency Order extended to co‑operatives and condo corporations

April 27th, 2020 by Karly Wilson

On April 9, we posted about the provincial government’s Emergency Order giving non‑profits flexibility in meeting their governance obligations. As we noted at the time, the order did not extend to organizations governed by the Co‑operative Corporations Act, leaving many of our clients in a difficult position as they tried to balance governing and social‑distancing.

Thankfully, the provincial government has amended this oversight, extending flexible options to co‑operatives and condo corporations by issuing an amendment to the emergency order. The order is retroactive to March 17, 2020, validating any meeting postponements or virtual meetings that occurred in the interim. Continue reading “Provincial Emergency Order extended to co‑operatives and condo corporations”

Free legal webinar series – every Wednesday in May

April 24th, 2020 by Iler Campbell

Every Wednesday in May: Free legal webinars for co-op & non-profit housing, employers and small business.

We know that COVID-19 has brought new challenges, including many legal ones.  We know too that the old legal challenges are all still there. Finally, we know that organizers of all in-person conferences and workshops have cancelled them for the foreseeable future.  The need to learn, however, has not stopped.

We’re here to help.

Join us in May every Wednesday at noon for a free legal webinar series. Continue reading “Free legal webinar series – every Wednesday in May”

Ontario government passes emergency order allowing virtual meetings and AGM extensions for non profits (but not for co-ops)

April 9th, 2020 by Claudia Pedrero

UPDATE: this order has been extended to co-ops and condo corporations. See our update here.

Last week the provincial government passed an emergency order giving Ontario non‑profits some much‑needed flexibility during this challenging time.

Unfortunately, this order does not extend to Ontario co‑operative corporations, so organizations governed by the Co‑operative Corporations Act need to adhere to the rules in that legislation and their by‑laws on when and how to hold meetings. The housing co-op world is still recommending as they did in the March 24 communique from CHFT.

The government passed an emergency order under section 7.1(2) of the Corporations Act that temporarily suspends various sections of that legislation and substitutes the following new rules that affect non‑profits: Continue reading “Ontario government passes emergency order allowing virtual meetings and AGM extensions for non profits (but not for co-ops)”

Free webinar: Worker Co-ops and COVID-19

March 31st, 2020 by Iler Campbell

UPDATE: a recording of the webinar is now available here. Michael’s portion is from about minutes 14 – 35. Access CWCF’s COVID-19 resource page here.

Iler Campbell lawyer, Michael Hackl, is participating in a webinar hosted by the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation this Wednesday, April 1 from 2 – 3:30 ET.

Below is CWCF’s description of the webinar:

While focused on CWCF members (including worker co-ops & related types of co-ops, associate members, regional WC federations & their member co-ops, & developer (WCDN) members), this webinar is open to others too, space permitting. Notes from the webinar will be posted on our website. Continue reading “Free webinar: Worker Co-ops and COVID-19”