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Charities and non-profits can now pre-register for free COVID-19 workplace rapid testing

According to the Government of Canada, up to 50% of COVID-19 transmission may be through people without symptoms. Regular workplace testing can help keep staff and clients safe. Charities and non-profits can now pre-register to receive free rapid tests for...

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Reminder regarding tax shelters and gifting arrangements

On May 5, 2021, the Canada Revenue Agency (the « CRA ») circulated a warning for Canadian taxpayers, reminding them to exercise caution when participating in gifting arrangement schemes. The timing of this communication could mean that the tax authorities...

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Of singular importance: The singular ‘they’ and other gender-neutral writing

Language evolves to fit social needs. With growing public demand for gender equality and recognition of diverse gender identities, there is an increasing practical and ethical argument for gender-neutral writing. Gender-neutral writing, which avoids categorizing the subject as either male...

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Susan Manwaring contributes the Canadian Association of Gift Planners’ guidelines on charitable donations on life insurance

Canadian Association of Gift Planners

Susan Manwaring contributed to the guidelines on charitable donations on life insurance released by the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).  As noted by the CAGP: Following concerns expressed in recent years by some insurance industry regulators regarding the use...

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Susan Manwaring and Katrina Kairys contribute to Muttart Intersections and Innovations publication

Muttart Intersections and Innovations

Susan Manwaring and Katrina Kairys authored a chapter on “Regulating Business Activity” for the Muttart Intersections and Innovations publication. As noted by The Muttart Foundation: For far too long, Canada has lacked a comprehensive resource examining Canada’s charitable sector. That...

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Environmental funding in Canada’s 2021 Federal Budget

Canada’s 2021 Budget announced funding and initiatives which will have bearing for three areas of the environmental sector: (1) climate change; (2) clean tech; and (3) conservation of land and waters. These new investments will have direct and indirect impacts...

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Federal Budget 2021: Support for seniors

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained our long-term care facilities across the country like never before. As families anxiously await the time when they can once again see their loved ones living in long-term care homes, organizations in the space work...

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2021 Budget support for affordable housing

This article outlines the proposed funding in Canada’s 2021 Budget for affordable housing initiatives. With market prices skyrocketing while the employment rate plummets, Canada’s housing crisis is deepening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The rising housing costs coupled with decreased job...

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2021 Federal Budget Edition

Introduction The federal budget was tabled by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on April 19, 2021 (the “2021 Budget”). This is the first federal budget in two years and the first during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Budget focuses on the...

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Ontario extends ability for not-for-profit corporations to hold electronic meetings until December 31, 2021

On April 6, 2021, Ontario passed Regulation 251/21 under the Corporations Act, further extending the temporary legislative provisions permitting Ontario not-for-profit Corporations to hold Member, Board and Board Committee meetings electronically from May 31, 2021 until December 31, 2021. These...

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