Keeping at Arm’s Length

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Recent events, particularly the controversy in Alberta over the dealings of Trinity Christian School Association and various people and organizations connected with the Association, make a review of the question of charities and non-arm’s length transactions timely. So that’s the subject of this column. The Trinity Christian School Association matter surfaced in the context of […]

Political Activities Update for Charities

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The much-anticipated work on reviewing the guidance and rules around what political activities Canadian registered charities can undertake has now been begun. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently announced that it will hold a consultation on that topic. The consultation will be both online and in-person. The consultation will consider, among other things, awareness of […]

Prevention and Relief of Poverty

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A couple of years ago, the refusal of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to allow Oxfam Canada to include prevention of poverty in its objects if it wanted to retain its status as a registered charity drew widespread press attention.  The CRA took the position that relief or alleviation of poverty was a recognized charitable […]

Bad Scholarship?

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Many years ago I played a small part in the unearthing of a controversial scholarship at the University of Toronto that was, among other things, restricted to white, Protestant candidates.  It was called the Leonard Scholarship and dated from 1923.  After being featured in a student newspaper of which I was an editor, a story […]

The Ins and Outs of Board Elections

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One of the more murky areas of charity and not-for-profit law is the issue of the proper conduct of board elections. Many of the older pieces of legislation that deal with constituting and operating non-share capital corporations – the typical structure adopted by charities and not-for-profit groups – provide little guidance on the process for […]

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