Social Impact Newsletter

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May 2011

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Refusing Membership

Amanda J. Stacey

The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Re London Humane Society serves as a useful reminder to charities, not-for-profits, and their directors about the rules and considerations applicable to a decision to change membership policies and...

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Do Employees Have Privacy Rights on Their Employers’ Computers?

André R. Nowakowski

The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, R. v. Cole, addressed the issue of an employee’s expectation of privacy on an employer’s laptop computer.  At first glance, this decision appears to have far-reaching implications for an employer’s right to monitor...

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Facility Use Policies and Agreements for Religious Organizations and Other Charities

Charities often receive requests from businesses, individuals and other charitable and non-profit organizations to use their facilities. Financially this makes sense, particularly if rental income can be generated from facilities that are underutilized by the charities themselves. In doing so,...

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When Do Naming Rights Constitute an Advantage?

Andrew Valentine

Where a donor makes a significant gift to a charity, it is not uncommon for the donor to request, or the charity to offer, naming privileges in connection with the gift. This often consists of naming a building, or portion...

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Do We Have to Put All That in the Minutes?

“Must the minutes include all motions, even the motions that are defeated?” “Do we have to put in the minutes everything that everybody says? Or can we just summarize the various views?” “Is it permissible for us to leave out...

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