Board members of the Humane Society Yukon have been charged with violating the Societies Act.
In September, the territory’s registrar of societies found the organization had broken the law by denying memberships and refusing to hold a special meeting even after the legally required number of members asked for one.
The board was asked to reinstate members and hold its annual general meeting by Oct. 15. The society has not followed those orders.
Possible convictions could include probation or fines, said Tom Ullyett, legal services’ spokesman on the case. Each of the individuals charged could face different convictions depending on what the judge decides, he said.
The charges specifically relate to violations of Section 23 of the Societies Act, which says any society that contravenes an order of the registar is guilty of an offence.
It’s rare a board would find itself in this situation, said Ullyett.
Members of the board appeared in territorial court yesterday. A hearing set for that day was adjourned until Nov. 20.