To PCVS Supporters:
This will be the last communication from the Co-ordinating Committee for PNP.
The committee held a final meeting on Monday, January 21, 2013 to address outstanding issues. What follows is a summary of the decisions made at that meeting and the subsequent actions taken:
Collins Barrow, LLF has completed a Review Engagement Report and found our finances to be in good order and compliant with Canadian Accounting Standards for not-for-profit organizations. We are posting the summary page (link above) of this review on the website along with this communication.
To be more specific about PNP’s finances, the overriding message is that we have been able to honour all of our administrative, legal and court costs, including the recent $25,000 award of costs handed down by the judges presiding over the judicial review.
By way of background information, we raised approximately $195,000.00 specifically for our legal fund in April 2012 to allow us to proceed with a request for an injunction and a judicial review. This money was held separately in trust with the Lockington, Lawless, Fitzpatrick (LLF) law firm. We topped up that sum by approximately $15,000.00 from general donations made to PNP before our fundraiser was officially launched at the April 5 public meeting at St. Paul’s Church.
Legal expenses billed by our lawyers (Perley-Robertson, Hill& McDougall, LLP, Ottawa), totaled approximately $184,000.00. That, along with the $25,000 award of costs, more than used up the funds held in trust for legal and court expenses and thus there will be no rebates to our donors.
Our committee views our lawyers’ costs as not only reasonable but generous for three reasons:
- first, we retained 3 lawyers up to 6 months in advance of our decision to proceed through the courts
- secondly, our lawyers had to prepare for a labour-intensive two part process: an injunction and a judicial review, each of which demanded different arguments and approaches. KPR had to prepare for the judicial review only.
- finally, over a period of many months we sent our lawyers mountains of material which they had to peruse in order to determine their usefulness in our case.
After all costs have been honoured, PNP is left with approximately $13,000.00 from the operating account (which has always been separate from our legal fund account). The committee passed a motion, supported unanimously, to give these funds to the Peterborough Collegiate Foundation to be used in ways consistent with the objects of that Foundation. We stated at the November 3rd and April 5th public meetings that we intended to do this should we be left with unallocated monies in our operating account.
The Peterborough Collegiate Foundation will remain as an entity under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough until all former PCVS students have graduated from high school. The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough will look after all administrative functions of the Peterborough Collegiate Foundation.
The Closure of PCVS: The Community Response (January/11 to February/13)
Jeff and Krista Macklin have created this book duplicating all our letters of support, media coverage including editorials, photos and letters to the editor – all related to our struggle to overturn the Board’s decision to close PCVS. It is approximately 200 pages in length. The books will be available on a cost only basis for $20.00 contingent on a minimum order of 30 copies. Contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a copy. This should be done between now and April 1, 2013.
Dr. Mark Seasons and a colleague at the University of Western Ontario will be using PCVS as part of a case study focused on school closure decision-making processes throughout the province.
Locally, a fourth year Trent student is writing a history of the PNP movement. This research project was approved by the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education.
On the expiry of our current domain registration, PNP will be found as a link on the PCVS Foundation website and will exist there for archival purposes only.
Several members of the Co-ordinating Committee, with input from our lawyers, have drafted a set of Recommendations with a view to improving the school closure process. These recommendations will be sent to the Premier, the Minister of Education and KPR. In addition, they will be posted on the website 2-3 days after this posting.
A motion to disband PNP, once all outstanding business is completed, was passed unanimously.
A final word.
The Co-ordinating Committee of PNP is deeply appreciative of the broad support it received in our efforts to help save the school. It was an extraordinary experience to be part of a community effort of people united by one goal. In spite of the outcome, our battle was, we believe, a model for how responsible citizens should behave when confronted with arbitrary and ill informed decisions.
Your generosity in time spent and dollars donated was truly extraordinary. Thank you.
Respectfully Submitted by
Joanne Brown*, Chair of Communications and on behalf of:
Shirl Delarue*, Chair of the Co-ordination Committee of PNP
Mary Anna Zakula
*the 10 individuals who agreed to be named as applicants in the legal case along with Bill Templeman and Catherine Dibbon