Throne Speech 2019

Authored by Deina Warren, Associate Director, Legal Affairs What did yesterday’s Speech from the Throne, Moving Forward Together, have to say to charities and Christians? In sum, very little. The only mention of faith comes from the introductory remarks by the Governor General Julie Payette, found prior to the opening… More

Uncertainty surrounds donations of life insurance in BC

Authored by Deina Warren, Associate Director, Legal Affairs Charities in BC are in a state of uncertainty when it comes to accepting donations of life insurance policies. The BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) has apparently notified a charity that accepting or soliciting life insurance policies as donations is trafficking in… More

Speak up to Support Conscience Rights

It is not too late to speak up in support of Alberta legislation to protect the conscience rights of physicians. For details on Bill 207: Conscience Rights (Health Care Providers) Protection Act (Williams), and why this issue is so significant, see my recent editorial in The Lawyer’s Daily. For background… More

Getting Serious About Conscience Rights

We need, more than ever, to get serious about conscience rights in this country. In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal denied physicians accommodation for their conscientious beliefs. An Alberta MLA (Dan Williams) with foresight could see that that decision could mark the beginning of an assault on conscience and… More

To Use or Not To Use the Cloud, that is the Question

At a recent conference, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) representatives were asked about cloud storage for books and records. In response, the Director General of the Charities Directorate explained that the CRA is working on an official policy and that the key for charities is to ensure that auditors are able… More

Anti-Racism Action Program Funding

Authored by Deina Warren, Associate Director, Legal Affairs Does your charity address barriers to employment, justice or social participation among religious minorities, Indigenous Peoples or racialized communities? Your organization may be eligible for one-time funding through the federal Anti-Racism Action Program. The program offers funding for projects that align with… More