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ACO board will not leave

Board ignores motion passed at AGM

The board of directors of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) has refused to step down following a no-confidence vote at the annual general meeting on Sept 21.

In a Sept 23 press release, the board said it had consulted lawyers and would soon meet with its members.

“The Board of Directors has received legal advice that confirms its current status and authority as the operating Board of Directors,” stated the release.

Angry at new rules governing its nomination process, members revolted against the board at the AGM. 

Community member Mélanie Jubinville-Stafford says the meeting was marred by a group of participants who were unhappy with changes in the ACO structure.

"There was one person who stood up and said, ‘I would like to put forward the motion of no-confidence in the board,’” says Jubinville-Stafford, a public health nurse whose clients access ACO services.

She says the meeting was disorganized, noting that several members of the community were disruptive and uncooperative.

She says two motions were put forward and votes taken, including one to dissolve the board and a second asking for an immediate reelection. The meeting was adjourned after the second vote.

"The issue was the validity of this vote,” she says. “People stayed around for a very long time trying to assess [what had happened.]"

ACO executive director Kathleen Cummings was unable to comment; her voicemail said she was on sick leave.

Suzy Yim, coordinator of education and prevention, didn’t attend the meeting but says she was briefed on the situation.

“From what I understand emotions were high. There was a lot of different energies in the room and it came to pretty confusing places at the end of the night,” she says. “Right now we are just figuring out what happened, but that being said, services are not at all in jeopardy, programming is not at all in jeopardy, they are all [operating] as usual.

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Comments

Bloggin or Journalism?
I am no journalist, nor an ethicist, nor a specialist in journalistic ethics. However, the lack of factual background and any attempt to provide a context in this article is upsetting to me, as a reader long-time AIDS activist and LGBTQ community member. I expect more of XTRA!. The by-laws of ACO presumably set out the legal procedure for motions, notice of motions, membership and voting. Under the Ontario Corporations Act, these by-laws are public documents and must be made available upon request. Ideally, the journalist should have done her due diligence--in effect, her job-- by examining the by-laws and providing this context, so that XTRA! readers could better appreciate the implications of what actually transpired. Or the journalist could have interviewed a lawyer with experience in not-for-profit law to elicit this essential background information. The failure to do either effectively renders this article a blog posting, rather than a piece of responsible journalism. I think that the community should expect higher journalistic standards from XTRA! and Pink Triangle Press.
LIARS
in the annual general meeting, all motions were passed including election of new board members as well as the entire Board.

at this point a redneck person, visibily upset at the new Board and how it looked propsed a motion to dismiss it. This was really sad as the board is really diversifying itself and moving from being a white only board to one which is inclusive of the PHA ( people living with HIV/AIDs)community which has many people of colour

Shame on xtra for not checking up on facts and publishing these lies
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