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HSAS Constitution & Bylaws

ARTICLE 1 – INTERPRETATION

 

1.01     Defined Terms

In these Bylaws and the Constitution, unless the context requires otherwise:

(a)   “Active Member” means a Member described in section 2.02, and includes a member of a Bargaining Unit;

(b)   “Annual Meeting” means the annual general meeting of the Association;

(c)   “Association” means the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan;

(d)   Association Meeting means either an Annual Meeting or a Special Meeting of the Association;

(e)   “Bargaining Unit” means a bargaining unit represented by the Association;

(f)   “Board of Governors” means the body elected in accordance with article 10;

(g)   “Bylaws” means these Bylaws, as amended, restated or replaced in accordance with article 20;

(h)   “Chair” means the presiding officer of any body or at any meeting contemplated by the Bylaws;

(i)    “Collective Agreement” means a contract of employment between the Association and an Employer;

(j)   “Constitution” means the Constitution of the Association, as amended, restated or replaced in accordance with article 20;

(k)   “Delegate” means an individual selected in accordance with section 3.04;

(l)   “Employer” means an employer signatory to a Collective Agreement with the Association;

(m)   “Executive Council” means the governing body of the Association, fully-constituted in accordance with section 5.01, and elected in accordance with section 5.04;

(n)   “Executive Committee” means the committee described in section 7.01;

(o)   “Executive Director” means the Executive Director of the Association hired in accordance with article 8;

(p)   “Finance Committee” means the committee that the Executive Council establishes to advise the Executive Council on financial matters;

(q)   “Fiscal Year” has the meaning given to it in article 15;

(r)   “Governance Committee” means the committee that the Executive Council establishes to advise the Executive Council on matters relating to the Constitution, Bylaws, and resolutions;

(s)   “Health Region” means a health region or Health Authority in the Province of Saskatchewan as determined by the Government of Saskatchewan;

(t)   “Honourary Member” means a Member described in section 2.04;

(u)   “Inactive Member” means a Member described in section 2.03;

(v)   “Member” means an individual who has been granted membership in the Association in accordance with article 2 and includes an Active Member, an Inactive Member, and an Honourary Member;

(w)   “Negotiating Committee” means the committee that the Executive Council establishes to advise the Executive Council on matters relating to the negotiation of Collective Agreements;

(x)    “President” means the elected officer of the Association described in section 7.02;

(y)   “Professional, Occupational, or Composite Group” means any one of the groups of Members determined in the manner described in subsection 5.03(a);

(z)   “Regional Council” means a council established from time to time pursuant to article 9;

(aa)   “Secretary” means the individual elected to that position in accordance with section 7.03;

(ab)   “Simple Majority” means a majority of more than fifty percent (50%);

(ac)   “Special Meeting” means a general meeting of the Association, other than the Annual Meeting, called in accordance with section 3.02;

(ad)   “Treasurer” means the individual elected to that position in accordance with section 7.03;

(ae)   “Union Region” means a geographical area as determined by Executive Council;

(af)   “Vice-President” means the individual elected to that position in accordance with section 7.03.

1.02     Interpretation

(a)   The division of the Constitution and Bylaws into articles, sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs and clauses and the insertion of headings are for convenience of reference only and are not to be considered in construing the terms and provisions of the Bylaws or the Constitution and are not to be deemed to clarify, modify or explain the effect of those terms or provisions.

(b)   Where the context requires it:

(i)   words that mean the singular will include the plural and vice versa;

(ii)   words that mean the feminine gender will include the masculine and neuter genders and vice versa; and

(iii)   words that mean individuals will include bodies corporate, partnerships, syndicates, trusts and any number of persons.

(c)   The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of the Bylaws shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions of the Bylaws.

(d)   In these Bylaws, the following provisions shall apply to the calculation of time:

(i)   Where the time for doing an act falls on a day that is not a business day at the Association’s head office, the time is extended to the next day that is a business day at the Association’s head office.

(ii)   Where the time for doing an act in the Association’s business office falls on a day on which the Association’s head office is not open during its regular business hours, the time is extended to include the next day on which the Association’s head office is open.

(iii)   In calculating time not expressed as a number of clear days, weeks, months, or years, or as “at least” or “not less than” a number of days, weeks, months, or years:

(A)   the first day shall be excluded; and

(B)   the last day shall be included.

(iv)   In calculating time expressed as a number of clear days, weeks, months, or years, or as “at least” or “not less than” a number of days, weeks, months, or years, the first and last days shall be excluded.

(v)     A period of time expressed to begin or end at, on, or with a specified day includes that day.

(vi)   A period of time expressed to continue to or until a specified day includes that day.

(vii)   A period of time expressed to be after, from, or before a specified day does not include that day.

(e)   In these Bylaws, the phrase “from time to time” means on one or more occasions.


 

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