I am sure Lee can explain the detailed impact of the new BC Societies Act on organizations such as the NSMBA. In simple terms the new Act makes the NSMBA accountable not only to its members but to every person it impacts no matter how small the impact. The NSMBA receives funding from the DNV. As a result, on November 16, 2016 the NSMBA becomes accountable to all DNV ratepayers including I and, I am sure to the consternation of many posters here, Mrs. Monica Craver.
In a related topic, I am considering running for the NSMBA Board of Directors and inquire generally from all posters here who are NSMBA members what matters should the NSMBA be addressing given the new Societies Act.
As I understand Mr. Lau is out enjoying warmer climes - allow me to assist.
Nothing in the new act gives you a right to meet with anyone.
Yes, it allows the public to view non-member funded society's financial statements which have to include certain disclosures on remuneration - it will still be up to the funding agency to "hold it accountable" not those small minded folks who think they are impacted. However, if you and Monica can make your voices heard at the funding level (without being ignored on account of the crazy - you not Monica I have never had the pleasure of interacting with her so won't comment) then yes indirectly you MAY try and "hold them accountable". Although, it may take garnering a bit more support than just your current group of voters.
Or you could save your time and look up the minutes from AGM where, subject to the proviso above on remuneration, they are already providing public disclosure
I'll save you the time: http://www.nsmba.ca/documents/2014NSMBAAGMMeetingMinutes.docx.pdf
You may have been reading an older draft of the Act - or the last White Paper - which included provisions allowing the public bring actions against a society or challange actions taken by the society. Ultimately, it was decided that this would lead to rabble-rousers with ill-intent taking frivolous and vexatious actions and just waste everyone's time.
I am sure at the appropriate time the NSMBA, should they be required to, will comply with the Act. Although I hear that there is going to be quite a grace period while some societies get up to speed. The government has been clear that they don't want this change in legislation to stop or hinder the good work that societies do throughout BC.