Toronto, ON, Aug. 3, 2016 – Yesterday in court, the Ontario Association of Radiologists (OAR) challenged the way in which the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) called and intended to conduct the General Meeting of Members. The judge dismissed all of these complaints but one, allowing the OMA to proceed with the meeting as originally planned, and providing important clarity on what members will be asked to vote on at the meeting. However, as a result of the OAR’s legal action, the proxy form for members who cannot attend the meeting will be reissued to include two additional resolutions.
In simple terms, very little has changed.
If members are attending the meeting, this will have no impact on how they will vote on the tentative PSA. The date, time, and location of the meeting remain unchanged.
If members are unable to attend the meeting and are voting by proxy, they are still being asked to vote for or against ratifying the tentative PSA. This resolution remains unchanged. The methods for members to submit their proxies remain unchanged. The only difference between the old proxy and the new proxy is the addition of two new resolutions.
As a result of the OAR’s legal action, all proxies that have been submitted will not be counted. Critically, if members have already submitted their proxy, they are required to resubmit the new, amended proxy. To be counted, proxies must still be received by Computershare, the independent, third-party firm engaged to manage the voting process, no later than 12:00 noon (Toronto time) on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.
The Executive Committee of the OMA Board of Directors is recommending that members for ‘YES’ to all three resolutions. Members’ views, as expressed in the results of the votes on these new resolutions, will provide valuable guidance on how the OMA should conduct future negotiations.”
Dr. Virginia Walley,
Ontario Medical Association
New resolutions added to proxy form:
- Resolution that in the future the Directors and/or Council should not negotiate an agreement with the Ministry that does not include a right to refer disputes concerning implementation of the agreement to binding arbitration.
- Resolution that in all future negotiations between the Association and the Ministry every OMA Section Chair should be kept fully apprised throughout the negotiations of the ongoing discussions including the issues, the proposed terms and the status and that each should be given timely and meaningful opportunities to provide input on such issues and terms as the discussions evolve, and again before the Association agrees to a form of Agreement.
For more information, please contact:
Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Manager Media Relations
Office: 416-340-2970 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2970
Danielle Milley, Senior Advisor Media Relations
Office: 416-599-2580 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 3008