Co-operative Law

Fall Events Roundup

September 23rd, 2016 by Iler Campbell

Hoarding: New Approaches to Community Management – Oct 20 ‑ Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto

VHA Home HealthCare is running this conference that we think may be of interest. Celia Chandler will be attending (not presenting). See here for details and to register.

CHFC 2016 London Fall Education Event – October 29 ‑ London

Celia Chandler will be running a workshop of human rights in housing co‑ops. See the event brochure here. Register here.

2016 CWCF-CoopZone Conference – November 2‑5 – Vancouver

Celia Chandler will be co‑presenting a workshop about legal issues in Worker Co‑ops. See the conference website for full details and to register.

ONPHA Conference and Trade Show – November 4‑6 – Sharaton Centre Toronto

We will have a booth at the trade show. If you’re attending please stop by and say ‘hi!’

Lauren Blumas will be co‑presenting a workshop titled “Expect the unexpected: Working with tenants and their familiesSee the conference website for full details and to register.


CHFT 2016 Fall Education Event – November 19 – Oakham House, Toronto

Michael Hackl will be participating in a panel about legal issues in co‑ops. Here is the event brochure. Register for the event here.

44% of Ontario’s co-ops could be slated for dissolution. Make sure yours isn’t one of them!

August 24th, 2016 by Celia Chandler

In 2015, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) requested each of Ontario’s co‑operatives incorporated before December 31, 2014 and not dissolved to complete an information return. As reported last week by FSCO, many co‑ops filed their returns. However, about 44% of co‑ops on FSCO’s list did not.

Because of the low response rate, FSCO has advised that it will begin the process of dissolving those co‑ops no longer in operation. It’s not clear exactly what FSCO’s process will be. But we’d hate for your co‑op to be among them.

Did your co‑op respond? Take a look at FSCO’s directory to be sure.

CHFT Diversity Scholarships a rousing success

July 7th, 2016 by Iler Campbell
Past and present CHFT Diversity Scholarship winners join CHFT ED Tom Clement on stage at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, June 29.

Past and present CHFT Diversity Scholarship winners join CHFT ED Tom Clement on stage at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, June 29

When leaders at the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto first got the idea of giving out scholarships to deserving co-op members, their goal was one scholarship a year. They blew past that goal in no time at all. Since launching the CHFT Diversity Scholarships in 2004 they’ve assisted 260 students with their post-secondary education. The scholarships emphasize community involvement and commitment to diversity.

Iler Campbell is proud to be among the over 60 companies, organizations and individuals which together have donated over $1.2 million to help make this happen. College and university partners have granted a further $300,000. Several of our staff had the privilege of attending this year’s scholarship event at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on June 29 which saw awards given out to this year’s 28 winners.

The success of this project has led to its recent expansion across Canada. In partnership with CHF Canada, a further $200,000 in scholarships have been given out to students living in co-ops in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

Celebrating Brian’s AMS/John Hodgson Award of Excellence in Charity and Not‑For‑Profit Law

June 3rd, 2016 by Iler Campbell

IMG_3005Brian Iler was presented with the 2016 AMS/John Hodgson Award of Excellence in Charity and Not‑For‑Profit Law on June 2 by the Ontario Bar Association Charity and Not-For‑Profit Law Section in a luncheon ceremony. Celia Chandler introduced him with a brief recounting of his career and his personality. She called out “his energy, his idealism, his ability to cut to the chase.”

Brian followed that up with more detail, recounting key moments in his career. He remains, in his words, “an unrepentant 68er ‑ hopeful, not without reason, that with collective and sustained community initiatives, the world can be made a better place.”

Read on for the full text of their comments. There’s some great history in there! Here’s to more great work to come! Read the rest of this entry

Are GTA Housing Co-ops unfairly impacted by changes in the Ontario Human Rights system?

December 14th, 2015 by Iler Campbell

Celia Chandler is in this issue of the GTA Co-op Network newsletter answering the question “GTA Housing Co-ops are complaining that they are unfairly impacted by changes in the Ontario Human Rights system. Do you think they have a case?”

 

Check it out here. Celia’s article is the last on the page. While you’re there, hit the subscribe button!

Vote co-op housing – you hold the key

October 7th, 2015 by Iler Campbell

CHF Canada has launched a campaign calling on co-op housing supporters to help make the future of affordable co-op housing an issue in the federal election. On votecoophousing.ca they write:

Federal and provincial funding agreements that assist more than 20,000 low-income households living in co-operative housing with their rents are coming to an end in large numbers. Unless governments agree to help, the co‑ops where these low-income Canadians live will be unable to offer them affordable rents based on their incomes.

They’re calling on voters to call on their candidates for their support, share their co-op housing stories and help spread the word. Find out more at votecoophousing.ca