Seems we may have had some trouble with the email system last night and some supporters did not get this email. Best to check your junk folder and ensure change.org is a safe email sender.
We have been a bit quiet sending out communication, but rest assured we've been working hard to keep the lawn bowling club from being sold to a developer.
Today the Club President was served with letters from 8 shareholders demanding a meeting- he has until Tuesday to reply. Topics include communication to shareholders, shareholder rights, Request of minutes for previous meetings, and updates on sale of land. We will keep you posted if he and the board respond. If not, we have the next action prepared.
We have been flooded with questions over and over again Here are the most frequent that have been asked, including:
- Who is responsible for the sale of the club? Is it one person, the board, or the shareholders?
- Why the secrecy? Wouldn't a face to face meeting resolve most questions?
- Why won't the Club President speak to the press or shareholders?
- Why won't the board and president acknowledge the rights of shareholders?
- Why won't the club president entertain an equal offer from the city?
- Is there a conflict of interest with legal representation, as the club appears to be represented by a partner of the developer?
- Why has the club board agreed to a price from the developer much less than the appraised value?
All we are looking for are answers. The silence is deafening.
There are many shareholders, mostly senior citizens, who have never been communicated with regarding a club AGM, the potential wind up of the club, ad the sale of the land. They have reached out to the board and president, only to be ignored. Had they not read about this in the media, they never would have known. How can this type of thing happen with the securities and corporate law we have in this province? Perhaps those hell bent on turning the 91 year old club from green space into a housing development are content to wait out any protest from neighboring residents. One theory email was that maybe they think they can wait out until this drive loses momentum- they have legal counsel for the club and the developer- we have been fortunate to have expert legal advice provided to us pro-bono. However there will come a time soon where will incur further hard costs that cannot be avoided. (With over 1150 supporters, $5 per person will give us some fiscal leeway to expedite any legal issue that incurs hard costs.) If that day arrives, I will send out an update as such.
The city remains a solid ally, and Councillor Matlow is very aware of the dedication and commitment of the supporters. However we may need to broaden our reach. If the club executive will not listen to the shareholders in their pursuit of basic fundamental rights, who will they listen to?
Again, we are putting the call out to any legal professional who can help us in succeeding in our cause. We are getting closer, and just need one last thrust of support to get us where we all want to be- enjoying a city owned park at 196 Manor Road East.