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News - RCL - 21 Mar 2020

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RCL: 21 Mar 2020
Latest Developments and Direction from DEC Emergency Teleconference

To: Pamela Sweeny
Date: March 20, 2020 at 4:26 PM
Subject: Latest Developments and Direction from DEC Emergency
Teleconference

Please give this widest distribution to all your branches. It will
also be uploaded to the Ontario Command website under COVID-19

Comrades,

DEC met by emergency teleconference this afternoon to discuss
important situations branches are facing in light of the COVID-19
outbreak and branch closures.

Complaint Hearings

Situation: The GBLs do not specifically address Article III delays
(other than GBL 307) or the postponement of complaint hearings. As
branches are closed and operations cancelled, some in-progress
complaint situations are left pending.

Decision: Effective immediately, all current and new complaints will
be held in abeyance and GBL 308.d will be amended to remove the 45 day
requirement.

Dominion Convention Resolution Deadline

Situation: The current due date for receipt of dominion convention
resolutions at Dominion Command is 3 May. This provides time for
review by the respective DC Committee and for the resolution to be
included in the Convention Reports and Resolutions book, which must be
printed and mailed to all branches 6 weeks prior to convention (GBL
919.e). Resolutions received at DC after the 3 May deadline are
considered as late resolutions (GBL 919.d); those of a routine nature
will be returned to Provincial Commands and urgent resolutions will be
reviewed and considered. With branch closures, this 3 May deadline is
now unmanageable for those branches that intended to submit resolutions.

Decision: The deadline date for submission of dominion convention
resolutions remains unchanged, with all resolutions received after
that date considered as late resolutions. HOWEVER, all late
resolutions will receive consideration at the pre-convention DEC
meeting and none will be returned in advance of that meeting for being routine.

Branch Elections

Situation: Branch elections are often held in the spring, with the new
executive taking office in early summer. Branch closures have
impacted the branch election process.

Decision: Branch elections and transitions to a new executive, and
branch by-laws / regulations pertaining to branch elections, are
suspended pending a return to normal branch operations.

Note: As Districts and Zones are administrative units of a Command,
any change to elections at those levels will be the decision of the
respective Provincial Command.

Go Fund Me Pages

Situation: Some branches have started Go Fund Me pages to raise funds
to help pay bills during the period of branch closure caused by the
COVID-19 outbreak. This type of online fundraising is in conflict
with section 129 of the GBLs, which places geographical limitations on
where branches can appeal for financial assistance.

Decision: Section 129 of the GBLs is rescinded in its entirely
effective immediately and until further notice.

With this action, Branch Go Fund Me pages are no longer in conflict
with the GBLs and can proceed.

OTHER SUPPORTS TO CONSIDER

As information, there are government sources available to branches for
financial assistance:

- Business Development Corporation: apply online for loans up to $100K

- All banks can be approached regarding a branch mortgage;
interest-only charges for 6 months are possible, as well as
re-negotiating the mortgage in light of lower rates

- Some provinces have programs in place for Not-for-Profit
organizations; applications are online

- Please seek clarification for any requests that involve borrowing
with your Provincial Command

Detail on government support programs is being developed and will be
shared early next week.

We will provide an update as soon as applicable.

Pamela Sweeny

Executive Director

The Royal Canadian Legion

Ontario Provincial Command

89 Industrial Parkway North

Aurora, ON L4G 4C4

Tel: 905-841-7999

Fax: 905-841-9992

P.Sweeny/AA
 

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