Notice to members: Court application regarding camp properties

The application by Girl Guides of Canada regarding the proposed sale of camp properties in Ontario, which was supported by the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee, was scheduled to be heard on May 8, 2018. The application was adjourned as a result of a request by two individuals to allow them to consider potentially bringing a motion to act as an intervenor in the application. GGC and the PGT consented to the adjournment. While GGC has a significant interest in ensuring that the application is heard as soon as possible, GGC is also committed to ensuring that all members that wish to seek an opportunity to be heard on the application are able to do so. Ontario Council is pleased that a timetable has been set by the Court regarding any potential motions for intervenor status. This Court Order requires that any individual that intends to bring a motion for intervenor status in the application provide notice in writing to GGC’s counsel by June 1, 2018. GGC is represented by Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and all notices should be directed to the attention of Lauren Tomasich (ltomasich@osler.com).

Court Order (added May 9th)

Any individual(s) seeking to intervene in the application will have to meet the test for intervention set out in the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure, and will have to deliver materials in support of an intervention motion according to the timetable set by the Court today. That timetable as it relates to steps for any individual(s) seeking to intervene is as follows:

Action

Deadline

Notice to counsel for GGC (ltomasich@osler.com) indicating intention to deliver materials to seek intervenor status for GGC application

June 1, 2018

Notice of Motion for Leave to Intervene and Supporting Motion Record served on GGC and The Public Guardian and Trustee (“PGT”) and filed with the Court  

June 15, 2018

Cross-Examinations on any Affidavits in support of Motion for Leave to Intervene to be completed

August 31, 2018

Factum in support of Motion for Leave to Intervene served on GGC and PGT and filed with the Court

September 7, 2018

Reply Factum in support of Motion for Leave to Intervene served on GGC and PGT and filed with the Court

October 1, 2018

Hearing of the Motions for Leave to Intervene

October 9, 2018 (in Toronto)

The court will then hear a motion on October 9, 2018 to determine whether any individuals seeking intervenor status are granted status so as to be able to act as an intervenor in the proceeding.

The Order made by the Court today will be made available on GGC Ontario Council’s website as soon as possible.

Ontario Council looks forward to consideration of our application regarding the proposed sale of camp properties in Ontario. The proposal states that the net proceeds received through these transactions will be devoted exclusively to the continued development and implementation of outdoor experiences for girls.  Ontario Council remains committed to continuing to provide wonderful outdoor experiences for girls in Ontario and Nunavut. That will not change.  The only change would be the locations for those experiences.  Ontario Council wishes to thank representatives of the office of the Public Guardian of Ontario for their collaboration. 

For additional information about the application and the intervention process, please contact Jill Dundas, executive.director@guidesontario.org.


Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) has commenced an application in the Superior Court of Justice for an order that expressly authorizes GGC to sell camp properties owned by GGC in Ontario, if and when GGC Ontario determines any such sale to be appropriate. GGC Ontario has been engaged in a process involving significant analysis and consultation regarding GGC Ontario’s property ownership, and how best to continue to deliver meaningful outdoor experiences to its membership. As announced in June 2017, GGC Ontario has determined that by selling camps presently owned by GGC and using the net proceeds from such sales to provide outdoor experiences to members, GGC will be able to better focus on developing programming and new opportunities for girls rather than putting resources, both financial and volunteer hours, into property management and maintenance.

GGC has consulted with the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee, which has a role to protect charitable property in Ontario, in bringing this application. We anticipate the PGT will consent to the application. The date of the hearing regarding GGC’s application to the court in respect of camp properties in Ontario has been set for May 8, 2018. The Public Guardian and Trustee will be in attendance at the application and will provide the Court with any submissions in addition to GGC’s that are required to support the application.

Please contact Susan Birnie, Provincial Commissioner at provincial.commissioner@guidesontario.org for further information about the application.

15/10/2018 3:06:54 PM