Way back in 2018 near the end of the year. The Board made a By-law change to allow anyone who has a valid P1 licence to become a Voting Member regardless if they practicing law or not. This was done as the old By-law discriminated against those who had a P1 license and were unfortunately unable to be the advocate that they wanted to be.
This was fixed.
The Board made a few more amendments such as granting leave to a Director or allowing a Director to resign with cause and still be allowed to run again.
I started keeping track of these changes. It was when I started tracking these changes and adding them to the By-laws. I realized that the By-laws had to be updated. Some of these changes were small and some were big.
After countless hours of work, it is now time to present a more presentable draft of the By-laws.
I will be scheduling 3 different informational sessions for the Members to provide their feedback and get a better understanding to why some of these changes were being made.
You can view the proposed changes here: https://opaonline.ca/opa-2020-by-law-changes/. You will also able to view the old By-laws right beside the proposed changes.
There is one thing that needs to be clarified when it comes to the Student Director. I have added two different ways in the By-laws. This was done to start a discussion on how a Student Director should be on the Board.
Dates for the Informational sessions will be:
- February 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm via Uberconference – Link: https://opaonline.ca/event/by-law-informational-session-1-of-3/
- March 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm via Uberconference – Link: https://opaonline.ca/event/by-law-informational-session-2-of-3/
- March 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm via Uberconference – Link: https://opaonline.ca/event/by-law-informational-session-3-of-3/
The final draft will be sent out on March 18, 2020.
Mitchell Kent, Director