Is there any difference between the parent church and the parent society?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Greaves v. United Church of God - Canada, 2001 BCSC 1144 (CanLII):

The parent church in the case at bar is a society created under the Societies Act. It is not an incorporated professional society subject to the same standards of acting judicially as is a statutorily constituted professional disciplinary body. There was no evidence that the parent church is a disciplinary body required by law to act according to the principles of reason and justice. No evidence was led to establish the number of persons in Canada to whom the church ministers. It is my view that the defendants here have not made out a persuasive case that they have a sufficiently public character to make them susceptible to judicial review. See Butterfield v. Quantity Surveyors Society of British Columbia, [1990] B.C.J. No.716 (B.C.S.C.)

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