Social Impact Newsletter

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February 2012

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Ontario Court of Appeal Recognizes Tort of Invasion of Privacy

A recent case from the Ontario Court of Appeal represents the first appellate level decision in Ontario to recognize the tort of invasion of privacy. This decision will have significant implications for employers in Ontario, including charities and non-profit organizations....


Tax Treatment of Charitable Donations from Spousal Trusts

Amanda J. Stacey, Andrew Valentine

In December 2011, CRA released a technical interpretation that offers clarification on the rules surrounding donations to registered charities from spousal trusts.  Such clarification is valuable both to charities issuing receipts as well as well as to advisors in the...


NPO Issues – Whose Income Is It?

Andrew Valentine

As reported previously in this Newsletter, non-profit organizations have been subject to an ongoing CRA audit project over the past two and a half years.  The audit project is reviewing the tax compliance of a broad range of NPOs, in...


US Non-Profits Funding Advocacy in Canada

Robert B. Hayhoe

There have been a number of recent public statements criticizing “foreign” funding of environmental advocacy by Canadian charities and non profit organizations. This public discussion arises in the context of US and Canadian organizations engaged in environmental education and advocacy...


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