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CAS Defies Law

February 15, 2007 permalink

The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa-Carleton has responded to the membership request by John Dunn by defying the law. The defiance is in denying the request based on speculation that Mr Dunn may later violate the law.

You can read section 307 of the Corporations Act yourself. It requires corporations to turn over a list of shareholders or members on presentation of an affidavit and fee, which Mr Dunn has completed. It places restrictions on what Mr Dunn can do with the list, but makes no provision for the corporation to refuse compliance based on unsubstantiated speculation as to Mr Dunn's purpose. Since Mr Dunn has spent years advocating for reform of children's aid without violating the law, Mr Morrow's speculation below is unjustified.



February 14, 2007

Dear Mr. Dunn,

RE: Application for List of Members, pursuant to Section 307 of the Corporations Act

"Please be advised, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa-Carleton, that your request/application for a list of the Society's members is declined, for the following reasons:

  1. The Application is not only for purposes connected with the Children's Aid Society
  2. The list, and the information contained therein, will not be used only for purposes connected with the Children's Aid Society;
  3. On the basis of the provisions of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2005, c.5.

In the result, please find enclosed the original of the Application, together with your cheque.

Thank you for your attention in this matter

Yours Truly,


Robert C. Morrow



c.c. CAS Ottawa-Carleton (Ms Engelking)

Source: email from John Dunn