Act of Canadian Parliament, 1949

 

 

 

5th Session, 20th Parliament, 13 George VI, 1949.

 

 

 

THE SENATE OF CANADA

 

 

 

BILL I.
Assented to April 30th, 1949.

 

 

 

An Act to incorporate the National Spiritual Assembly
of the Bahá’ís of Canada.

 

 

 

 

Preamble.

 

  WHEREAS a petition has been presented praying that it be enacted as hereinafter set forth, and it is expedient to grant the prayer of the petition: Therefore His Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:—

Incorporation.

 

 

 

 

Corporate name.

 

1. John Aldham Robarts, of the city of Toronto, province of Ontario, manager; Emeric Sala, of the city of St. Lambert, province of Quebec, manufacturer; Dame Laura Romney Davis, wife of Victor Davis of the city of Toronto, province of Ontario; Siegfried Schopflocher, of the city of Montreal, province of Quebec, manufacturer; Rowland Ardouin Estall, of the city of Montreal, province of Quebec, insurance broker; Ross Greig Woodman, of the city of Toronto, province of Ontario, lecturer; Lloyd George Gardner, of the city of Toronto, province of Ontario, wholesaler; and Dame Doris Cecilia Richardson, wife of J. P. Richardson, of the city of Toronto, province of Ontario; and Dame Rosemarv Scott Sala, wife of the said Emeric Sala, of the city of St. Lambert, province of Quebec, and their successors are constituted a body politic and corporate under the name of “National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada”, hereinafter called the “National Assembly”.

Officers.

 

2. The persons named in section one of this Act shall be the first directors of the National Assembly and John Aldham Robarts, Emeric Sala, Dame Laura Romney Davis and Siegfried Schopflocher, respectively, be president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer thereof and shall hold office until their successors are appointed.

Head office.

 

Notice of change.

 

3.

(1) The head office of the National Assembly shall be at the city of Toronto, in the province of Ontario, or at such other place in Canada as may be decided by the National Assembly.

(2) Notice in writing shall be given to the Secretary of State by the National Assembly concerning any change of the head office and a copy of such notice shall be published forthwith in The Canada Gazette.

Objects.

 

4. The objects of the National Assembly shall be to:

 

 

 

(a)  exercise exclusive jurisdiction and authority over all the activities and affairs of the Bahá’í cause throughout Canada;
(b) admit and release all individuals to membership in the Bahá’í community according to the by-laws of the National Assembly in that behalf;
(c) recognize local spiritual assemblies of Bahá’ís in Canada, scrutinize all membership rolls;
(d) organize, maintain, carry on, and assume in all parts of Canada devotional meetings, public meetings and conferences of an educational, humanitarian and spiritual character;
(e) establish, construct, maintain and support temples of universal worship and other institutions and edifices for humanitarian service;
(f) promote the spiritual welfare of and the unity of spirit among the Bahá’ís of Canada by mutual assistance; to foster, diffuse, encourage, advance and strengthen "the interests of the servants of God for His sake, even as they regard their own interests and to choose that which is meet and seemly";
(g) establish, maintain and support a publishing house or otherwise provide for the publication of books, pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers pertaining to the Bahá’í cause;
(h) settle any dissension existing within a local Bahá’í community of such character that it cannot be remedied by the efforts of the local spiritual assembly and settle questions arising between two or more spiritual assemblies and between members of different Bahá’í communities and to entertain all appeals from decisions of local spiritual assemblies;
(i) enter into, make, perform and carry out any contract of every sort and kind for the furtherance of the objects of the National Assembly with any person, firm, association, corporation, private, public or municipal or body politic, of any province, territory or colony thereof, or any foreign government; and in this connection, and in all transactions under the terms hereof, to do any and all things which a copartnership or person could do or exercise, and which now or hereafter may be authorized by law;
(j) fulfill all and whatsoever the several purposes and objects set forth in the written utterances of Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi;
(k) administer the property, business and other temporal affairs of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada.

Management.

 

5. The affairs of the National Assembly shall be managed by the nine members of the National Assembly, who shall be assisted by such other officers and agents as the National Assembly may appoint.

Power to make by-laws.

 

6. The National Assembly may from time to time make by-laws, not contrary to law, for

 

 

 

(a) the prerequisites of admission and the qualifications of respecting any member of the National Assembly and local spiritual assemblies of Bahá’ís in Canada and Bahá’ís generally and their release;
(b) the administration, management and control of the property, business and other temporal affairs of the National Assembly and of the Bahá’ís of Canada;
(c) the election or appointment and the functions, duties and remunerations of the members of the National Assembly and local spiritual assemblies and of the officers, agents and servants or the National Assembly;
(d) the creation of any special committee or board for the purpose of the National Assembly and the appointment or election of the members thereof;
(e) the calling of regular or special meetings of the National Assembly and of the Bahá’ís of Canada, and of any committee or board thereof, and fixing the necessary quorum of, and the procedure to be followed at all meetings of the National Assembly, the local spiritual assemblies, the Bahá’ís, and of any committee or board thereof;
(f) the general performance of the objects and purposes of the National Assembly.

Power to acquire and hold property.

 

7. 

(1) The National Assembly may purchase, take, have, hold, receive, possess, retain and enjoy property, real and personal, corporeal and incorporeal, and any and every estate and interest whatsoever given, granted, devised or bequeathed to it, or appropriated, purchased or acquired by it in any manner or way whatsoever, to, for, or in favour of, the National Assembly.

(2) The National Assembly may also hold such real property or estate therein as is bona fide mortgaged to it by way of security, or conveyed to it in satisfaction of debts or judgments recovered.

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