Gwenyth Stadig

Associate | Waterloo Region

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Portrait of Gwenyth Stadig

Estate planning and the Indian Act : Practical considerations for assisting Indigenous clients living on reserve

Introductory thoughts When we began assisting Indigenous clients with status under the Indian Act with drafting their wills, we found that there were few resources that addressed estate planning or estate administration matters under the Indian Act.[1] We soon discovered...

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Amending statements of purpose: Special considerations for Ontario charities

When purposes need to be amended The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (“ONCA”) was proclaimed into law on October 19, 2021. The ONCA replaces Part III of the Ontario Corporations Act and significantly modernizes the legislation that governs non-share capital...

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Navigating the Ontario Business Registry for Ontario non-share capital corporations

The ONCA and OBR Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (“ONCA”) came into force on October 19, 2021. It modernizes the legal framework for Ontario’s not-for-profit corporations (also known as “non-share capital corporations”). Most non-share capital corporations that were previously governed...

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Family’s dynamics: A critical consideration for effective estate planning

Introduction A well-executed estate plan ensures that wealth is transferred from one generation to another in a tax effective and strife-free way. Crucial to the planning process is a consideration of the many potential pitfalls that may emerge during both the...

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CRA revises guidance on using an intermediary to carry on a charity’s activities within and outside of Canada

On November 27, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) released updated versions of CG-004, Guidance on using an intermediary to carry on a charity’s activities within Canada, and CG-002, Guidance on Canadian registered charities carrying on activities outside Canada. While...

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What charities and NPOs need to know following the AGA v Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada Decision

Introductory Thoughts In January 2020, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its judgment in Aga v Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada (“Aga”). This decision considers whether the written constitution and by-laws of a voluntary religious corporation form the...

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(Another) Update on COVID-19 pandemic economic and tax measures for charities and not-for-profits

This topics in this article are changing rapidly as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. As such, we encourage you to check with Miller Thomson LLP’s Social Impact group for timely updates. Canada’s federal government continues to announce new economic measures and...

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COVID-19 pandemic economic and tax measures for charities and not-for-profits

Canada’s federal government continues to announce new economic measures to help stabilize the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Outlined below are the measures announced thus far by the federal government, along with expansions to existing programs, that are available to...

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Executor releases: the parameters on what is possible

Introductory comments about executor releases Is it appropriate for an executor to ask beneficiaries to sign a release and indemnity prior to receiving a distribution from an estate? Although non-indemnified executors may face potential personal liability for their work as...

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You have to know who your members are (and know how to contact them)

Miller Thomson LLP’s Social Impact Group has produced a number of key articles this year to remind Canadian charities and non-profits (“NPOs”) that it is imperative to maintain accurate and up-to-date books and records for their organizations. Such legal information...

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Updates to the Canada Elections Act: Impact on Non-Profits and Charities

Recent amendments to the Canada Elections Act (the “Elections Act”) came into force and effect on June 13, 2019. This article summarizes these significant changes and how they impact non-profit organizations and registered charities. Readers will recall that 2018 brought...

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