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May 6, 2016

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Varying Charitable Purpose Trusts: Application of Cy-près and Administrative Scheme Making Powers in British Columbia

Sarah Fitzpatrick

In The Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2016 BCSC 589 (“Sidney“), Madam Justice Dardi of the British Columbia Supreme Court clarified when the Court can apply its cy-près and administrative scheme making powers...

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Is Medical Marijuana Covered by your Group Health Plan?

The use of marijuana for certain medical purposes has been legal in Canada for approximately 15 years. While the medical uses of marijuana and the regulation of its distribution are similar to the use and regulation of prescription drugs, medical...

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Federal and Alberta Governments To Match Red Cross Donations Designated For Fort McMurray

Natasha Smith

The Alberta Provincial Government announced on May 4th that it will match donations made to The Canadian Red Cross Society (the “Red Cross”) that are designated to support the residents affected by the wildfires currently blazing in the Fort McMurray,...

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What’s Happening

On April 28, 2016, Susan Manwaring, along with Laird Hunter, Richards Hunter Toogood, and Wanda Brascoupé Peters, The Circle of Philanthropy spoke on “Working with Indigenous Partners: Essentials” at a Webinar hosted by Philanthropic Foundation Canada. On April 27, 2016,...

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Courts Raise the Stakes on Tax Filings

Robert B. Hayhoe

The Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA“) and the Federal Court of Appeal have taken surprising positions recently that expose registered charities to revocation risk if they make mistakes on their T3010 – Registered Charity Information Return (“T3010“) and other tax filings....

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