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December 2013

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In Memoriam – Hugh M. Kelly, Q.C.

It is with great sadness that the Charities and Not-for-Profit Group must report that Hugh Kelly passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Hugh was a true specialist in his field, with over fifty years of...

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Canada’s Anti-spam Law (CASL) is coming into force on July 1, 2014 – Some suggestions for compliance preparation

Susan M. Manwaring, Andrew Valentine

On December 4, 2013, the Government of Canada announced that the anti-spam provisions of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014.  We have reported on developments with CASL in previous issues of this Newsletter.  As...

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Government sues charity for repayment of funds advanced under contribution agreement

Natasha Smith

A recently-initiated lawsuit by the federal government against a charity serves as a reminder to all charities of the importance of accountability and record-keeping whenever receiving government funding. Canadian registered charities often apply to government agencies for funding under various...

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CRA Wins Another Tax Shelter Appeal in the Federal Court of Appeal

Robert B. Hayhoe

On December 6, 2013, the Federal Court of Appeal handed the CRA yet another victory in an appeal brought by a donor to a charitable donation tax shelter in Kossow v. The Queen.  The Court of appeal denied Ms. Kossow’s...

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Miller Thomson Ontario Continuing Legal Education

Lawyers in most Canadian provinces are subject to requirements to complete and record a set amount of continuing professional development (“CPD”) each calendar year, failing which they can be fined and/or subject to an administrative suspension from practice. In addition...

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What’s happening

Robert Hayhoe presented on “Legal Framework of Non-Profit Organizations in Canada” at the National Congress of Non-profit Organizations:  Resources from North America for Social Causes in Mexico, National Resource Center for Civil Society Organizations/ Hidalgo State University on December 4,...

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