search
 
Recent News Releases and Publications
Charity & NFP Law Update - June 2017
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Ontario Employment Standards Act Changes Proposed
By Barry W. Kwasniewski, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 405, June 28, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - May 2017
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Electronic Liability Release Held Enforceable
By Barry W. Kwasniewski, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 404, May 25, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Jedi Order Denied Charitable Status for Advancement of Religion
By Terrance S. Carter, Jennifer M. Leddy. No. 48, May 25, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Sweeping Changes Recommended In Report On Political Activities
By Terrance S. Carter, Jennifer M. Leddy and Ryan M. Prendergast, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 403, May 25, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - April 2017
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Employee Successfully Sues Employer For Harassment
By Barry W. Kwasniewski, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 402, April 27, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - March 2017
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Patients First Act Becomes Law In Ontario
By Esther Shainblum, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 401, March 30, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Court Summarily Dismisses Volunteer's Personal Injury Claim Against a Church
By Sean S. Carter, Litigation Bulletin No. 2, March 30, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Court Of Appeal Rules Termination Clause Unenforceable
By Barry W. Kwasniewski, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 400, March 29, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Federal Budget 2017: Impact on Charities and Not-For-Profits
By Theresa L.M. Man, Esther S.J. Oh, Ryan M. Prendergast and Terrance S. Carter Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 399, March 22, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - February 2017
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity And NFP Legal Check-Up: 10 Tips For Effective Legal Risk Management
By Terrance S. Carter and Jacqueline M. Demczur, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 398, February 23, 2017.
Learn more >>>
OHRC Position on Medical Documentation
By Barry W. Kwasniewski, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 397, February 23, 2017.
Learn more >>>
A New Era: Obligation to Know Thy Advocate and Supervise Thy Litigation
By Sean S. Carter, Litigation Bulletin No. 1, February 23, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - January 2017
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
CRA Guidance on Charities that Assist The Aged
By Theresa L.M. Man, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 396, January 25, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Court of Appeal Affirms City's Liability in Crossing Guard Case
By Barry W. Kwasniewski, Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 395, January 25, 2017.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - November 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Trinity Western University Wins in B.C.C.A.
By Jennifer M. Leddy Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 394, November 24, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Charity Must Pay Damages for Breaching OHSA
By Barry W. Kwasniewski Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 393, November 24, 2016.
Learn more >>>
2016 Annual Church & Charity Law Seminar Materials
Church & Charity Law Seminar Handouts
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - October 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity Manager Awarded Twenty Four Months Notice
By Barry W. Kwasniewski Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 392, October 25, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - September 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Court Upholds Rock Climbing Waiver
By Barry W. Kwasniewski Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 391, September 29, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Alberta Appeal Court Affirms Juristiction To Review Unfair Church Discipline
By Esther S.J. Oh. No. 47, September 29, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - July/August 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
FCA Holds That Prevention of Poverty is Not a Charitable Purpose
By Jacqueline M. Demczur, Terrance S. Carter Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 390, August 25, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Workplace Sexual Harrassment Laws Soon To Be in Force
By Barry W. Kwasniewski Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 389, August 24, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - June 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
The Supreme Court Broadens the Scope of Solicitor-Client Privilege Under The Income Tax Act
By Linsey E.C. Rains and Sean S. Carter Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 388, June 29, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Court Limits Temporary Lay-Off Rights
By Barry W. Kwasniewskin Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 387, June 24, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Carters Webinar Series - Spring 2016
By Linsey E.C. Rains Carters Webinar Series No. 4 - The ABC's of GST/HST for Charities & NPOs, June 8, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - May 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Carters Webinar Series - Spring 2016
By Barry W. Kwasniewski Carters Webinar Series No. 3 - Human Rights Challenges in the Workplace, May 18, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Carters Webinar Series - Spring 2016
By Sepal Bonni Carters Webinar Series No. 2 - Going Social: Using Social Media to Accomplish Your Mission, May 4, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - April 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Carters Webinar Series - Spring 2016
By Terrance S. Carter Carters Webinar Series No. 1 - Going into Business? The Social Enterprise Spectrum for Charities, April 21, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - March 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Federal Budget 2016: Impact on Charities and Not-For-Profits
By Terrance S. Carter, Theresa L.M. Man, Ryan M. Prendergast and Linsey E.C. Rains Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 381, March 23, 2016.
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - February 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Ontario Human Rights Commission Updates Policy on Creed
By Barry Kwasniewski Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 378, February 25, 2016.
Learn more >>>
The 2016 Ottawa Region Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Seminar Handouts
Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Seminar Handouts
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - January 2016
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - November 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - October 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - September 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity & NFP Law Update - July/August 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - June 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Judicial Renderings - Interesting Cases to Consider
was presented by Terrance S. Carter at the National Charity Law Symposium hosted by the Canadian Bar Association in Toronto, on May 29, 2015. PDF HANDOUT Paper
Charity Law Update - May 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - April 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - March 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Statistics Canada Releases New Survey on Giving and Volunteering
By Terrance S. Carter Charity Law Bulletin No. 362, March 25, 2015.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - February 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Separating Fact from Fiction: Political Activities Revisited
By Terrance S. Carter & Linsey E. C. Rains Charity Law Bulletin No. 361, February 26, 2015.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - January 2015
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - November/December 2014
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - October 2014
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - September 2014
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Court Permits Pastor's Wrongful Dismissal Lawsuit To Proceed
By Barry W. Kwasniewski. Church Law Bulletin No. 46, August 26, 2014.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - August 2014
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments and risk management considerations
Learn more >>>
Differential Pay-Schemes Ruled Discriminatory
By Barry W. Kwasniewski. Charity Law Bulletin No. 345, August 26, 2014.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - April 2014
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - March 2014
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - February 2014
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - January 2014
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
New WSIB Policies for Construction Work Impact Charities and Not-For-Profits
By Barry W. Kwasniewski. Charity Law Bulletin No. 327, January 28, 2014.
Learn more >>>
Canadian Charities Operating Outside of Canada: What You Need To Know
by Terrance S. Carter in Canadian International Lawyer Journal, Vol.9 No.2, Canadian Bar Association, October 2013.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - November/December 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
20th Annual Church & Charity Law Seminar
Presentation materials are now available.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - October 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - September 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Religious School Wins Rare Delay of Revocation
By Ryan M. Prendergast. Charity Law Bulletin No. 321, September 26, 2013.
Learn more >>>
Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Rules That Atheism Is Protected As a 'Creed'
By Sean S. Carter, Terrance S. Carter and Jennifer M. Leddy. Church Law Bulletin No. 45, September 26, 2013.
Learn more >>>
Quebec Charter Challenges Freedom of Religion
By Jennifer M. Leddy. Church Law Bulletin No. 44, September 25, 2013.
Learn more >>>
Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Rules that Atheism is a Creed/Religion
Decision in R.C. v. District School Board of Niagara released August 13th, 2013.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - July/August 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - June 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Assembly 2013
held in Etobicoke, Ontario, included a presentation by Terrance S. Carter entitled "The In's and Out's of the CNCA and the ONCA for Churches" on June 15, 2013. PDF HANDOUT
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - May 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
In Memoriam - Jane Burke-Robertson
It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend and colleague, Jane Burke Robertson, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - April 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - March 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - February 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Police Checks and Child Protection
By Esther S.J. Oh. Charity Law Bulletin No. 303, February 27, 2013.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - January 2013
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Top Court Affirms Balanced Approach to Competing Charter Rights
By Jennifer M. Leddy. Church Law Bulletin No. 43, January 30, 2013.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - November/December 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Top Court to Hear Case on Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment

On December 10, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a significant case about who decides when life-sustaining treatment may be withdrawn. The patient's physicians maintain that they can withdraw life-sustaining treatment without the consent of the substitute decision maker if it is no longer medically indicated and that to hold otherwise would encourage patients to insist on treatments that are medically futile. The patient's wife, who is his substitute decision-maker, takes the position that the medical measures are of benefit to her husband because they are keeping him alive and that he is entitled to remain alive until she thinks that that there is no hope for his recovery.

In the Rasouli case, the Supreme Court of Canada will determine whether the physicians can remove his life-sustaining treatment solely on the basis of their medical opinion or if they must obtain the consent of the substitute decision maker and, failing that, a ruling from the Consent and Capacity Board established under the Ontario Health Care Consent Act. The case is of particular interest to health care and religious charities and to those who are concerned about and reflect upon end-of-life decisions. For more background about the facts, the issues and decisions in the courts below, see Charity Law Bulletin No. 256.

Learn more >>>
19th Annual Church & Charity Law Seminar
Seminar and Speaker Details and Acknowledgements.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - October 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Mission Drift and Corporate Objects
By Terrance S. Carter and Barry W. Bussey. Church Law Bulletin No. 42, October 26, 2012.
Learn more >>>
Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes 25th Anniversary
included a presentation by Karen J. Cooper on September 30, 2012, entitled "Essential Charity Law Update." PDF HANDOUT
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - September 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) Conference 2012
included a presentation by Terrance S. Carter with Barry Bussey entitled "Mission Drift and Corporate Objects" on September 25, 2012. PDF HANDOUT
Learn more >>>
Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) Conference 2012
included a presentation by Terrance S. Carter entitled "Foreign Activities: How to Get Ready for a CRA Audit" on September 25, 2012. PDF HANDOUT
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - July/August 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
2012 Christian Legal Institute
hosted by the Christian Legal Fellowship in London, Ontario, included a presentation by Terrance S. Carter, entitled "Current Legal Issues in Charity Law" on August 23, 2012. PDF HANDOUT
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - June 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - May 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - April 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
"Ministerial Exception" Precludes Application of U.S. Discrimination Law
By Esther S.J. Oh. Church Law Bulletin No. 41, April 26, 2012.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - March 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - February 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Freedom of Religion and Parental Rights
By Jennifer M. Leddy. Church Law Bulletin No. 40, February 28, 2012.
Learn more >>>
Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF) 2012 National Christian Law Student Conference
hosted at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, February 24-26, 2012, included a presentation by Terrance S. Carter entitled "Personal Reflection on Integration of Faith and Practice."
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - January 2012
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - November/December 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Advancement of Religion: Discussion Rekindled
By Jennifer M. Leddy and Terrance S. Carter. Church Law Bulletin No. 39, November 30, 2011.
Learn more >>>
Protecting People Worldwide: Risk and Insurance for Missions, Relief and Development Organizations
Presented by Kenneth A. Hall at the 18th Annual Church & Charity Law™ Seminar on November 10, 2011. Reproduced with permission from The Advantage, a publication of Robertson Hall Insurance.
Learn more >>>
18th Annual Church & Charity Law Seminar
Presentation materials are now available.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - October 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - September 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Community Dialogue on Human Rights Relating To Freedom of Religion
By Barry W. Kwasniewski. Church Law Bulletin No. 37, September 29, 2011.
Learn more >>>
More Technical Interpretations on the Clergy Residence Deduction
By Jennifer M. Leddy and Terrance S. Carter. Church Law Bulletin No. 38, September 29, 2011.
Learn more >>>
Federal Court Limits Questions on Religious Belief
By Jennifer M. Leddy. Church Law Bulletin No. 36, September 29, 2011.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - July/August 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - June 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Church Diocese Liable for Volunteer's Injuries - New Brunswick Court of Appeal
By Barry W. Kwasniewski. Church Law Bulletin No. 35, June 22, 2011.
Learn more >>>
Refugee Claim Turned Down Because Claimant Unable To Prove Sincerity of Religious Belief
By Jennifer M. Leddy. Church Law Bulletin No. 34, June 22, 2011.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - May 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Human Rights Tribunal Finds Social Organization Discriminated In Expelling Falun Gong Practitioner
By Terrance S. Carter and Ryan M. Prendergast. Church Law Bulletin No. 33, May 26, 2011.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - April 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Human Rights Tribunal Confirms it has no Jurisdiction to Scrutinize Content of Religious Beliefs
by Jennifer M. Leddy
Learn more >>>
Important Case on Reconciling Competing Charter Values on Its Way to the Supreme Court of Canada
by Jennifer M. Leddy
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - March 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Budget 2011 Will Have Broad Impact on the Charitable Sector
By Theresa L.M. Man, Karen J. Cooper, Terrance S. Carter and Ryan M. Prendergast. Charity Law Bulletin No. 245, March 30, 2011.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - February 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Public Officials and Freedom of Religion: The Marriage Commissioners Reference by Jennifer M. Leddy
Church Law Bulletin No.32
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - January 2011
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments.
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - November 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Freedom of Religion
by Jennifer M. Leddy.
Learn more >>>
2010 Annual Church & Charity Law Seminar
was held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Portico Community Church in Mississauga, with over 800 in attendance
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - November/December 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - October 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Veiled Testimony: Reconciling Competing Charter Rights by Jennifer M. Leddy
Church Law Bulletin No.31
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - September 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Government of Canada Fund to Match Individuals' Donations to Flood Relief Efforts in Pakistan by Terrance S. Carter
Charity Law Bulletin No.223
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - July/August 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
St. Paul University's Faculty of Canon Law Legal Seminar held at the university in Ottawa, Ontario, on August 18-25, 2010, included the following presentation:
"Points saillants des exigencies de l'ARC pour les instituts religieux" by Karen J. Cooper
Learn more >>>
St. Paul University's Faculty of Canon Law Legal Seminar held at the university in Ottawa, Ontario, on August 18-25, 2010, included the following presentation:
"Highlights of CRA Compliance Requirements for Religious Institutes" by Karen J. Cooper
Learn more >>>
St. Paul University's Faculty of Canon Law Legal Seminar held at the university in Ottawa, Ontario, on August 18-25, 2010, included the following presentation:
"Investment Policy" by Terrance S. Carter and Jennifer M. Leddy
Learn more >>>
St. Paul University's Faculty of Canon Law Legal Seminar held at the university in Ottawa, Ontario, on August 18-25, 2010, included the following presentation:
"Facility Use Policies and Agreements: What To Consider To Protect Your Religious Institute" by Terrance S. Carter and Jennifer M. Leddy
Learn more >>>
St. Paul University's Faculty of Canon Law Legal Seminar held at the university in Ottawa, Ontario, on August 18-25, 2010, included the following presentation:
"Corporate Structures and Religious Institutes" by Terrance S. Carter and Jennifer M. Leddy
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - June 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Technical Interpretations Re: Clergy Residence Deduction by Jennifer M. Leddy
Church Law Bulletin No.30
Learn more >>>
Air India Report Warns Against Hindering the Work of "Honest Charities"
On June 17, 2010 the Final Air India Report was released. The link to the full report is http://www.majorcomm.ca/en/reports/finalreport/. The Report's Volume 5 on Terrorist Financing will be of particular interest to charities. Several of the recommendations contained in Volume 5 are encouraging for charities, specifically the following: "It is essential that measures to defeat the use of charities or NPOs for TF [terrorist financing] not unnecessarily impede the valuable activities of legitimate organizations. Any new guidelines or best practices that the CRA may contemplate to help it address TF in the charitable sector should be developed in close cooperation with the charitable sector. The work of honest charities should not be hindered because of unrealistic guidelines or best practices."
The 2010 Christian Legal Intervention Academy hosted by Faith and Freedom Alliance at St. Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario, included the following presentation:
"Human Rights Concerns: What Churches And Religious Organizations Can Do In Response" by Terrance S. Carter
Learn more >>>
The 2010 Christian Legal Intervention Academy hosted by Faith and Freedom Alliance at St. Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario, included the following presentation:
"Human Rights: an Overview" by Mervyn F. White
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - May 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - April 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Divisional Court Decision Provides Mixed Results in Christian Horizons Appeal by Jennifer M. Leddy and Terrance S. Carter
Church Law Bulletin No.29
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - March 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - February 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Do Public Officials Have the Right to Refuse Public Services On The Basis Of Personal Conviction by Jennifer M. Leddy
The Government of Saskatchewan has referred to the Court of Appeal two possible legislative options that would allow civil marriage commissioners not to perform marriages that are contrary to their religious beliefs. The Government is seeking the Court's opinion on whether either or both options would meet the requirements of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The implications of the Reference are wider than the marriage issue because the case concerns the right of public officials, as distinct from religious officials, to refuse to provide a public service on the basis of personal conviction. The issue has attracted a number of intervenors, including: the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Christian Legal Fellowship and EGALE Canada. The Reference is scheduled to be heard by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on May 13-14, 2010.
Divine Perspectives on Your Career
was presented by Jennifer Leddy at the 2010 National Christian Law Student Conference at the University of Ottawa
Charity Law Update - January 2010
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Understanding CRA's New Guidance on Fundraising
was presented by Terrance S. Carter as part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto - ShareLife Agencies session
Learn more >>>
Cornwall Inquiry Releases Report with Recommendations Regarding the Prevention Of and Responses to Child Abuse by Terrance S. Carter and Esther S.J. Oh
Church Law Bulletin No.28
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - December 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - November 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
2009 Annual Church & Charity Law™ Seminar was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at the Young-Nak Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto, with over 600 in attendance
Presentation Materials now available
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - October 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Top Court Minimizes Freedom of Religion in Hutterite Case by Jennifer M. Leddy
Church Law Bulletin No.27
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - September 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
The Canadian Council of Christian Charities Annual Conference, held in Mississauga, Ontario, included the following presentation:
"CRA's Proposed New Guidance on Advancement of Religion as a Charitable Purpose" by Terrance S. Carter and Jennifer M. Leddy
Learn more >>>
The Canadian Council of Christian Charities Annual Conference, held in Mississauga, Ontario, included the following presentation:
"CRA's New Policy on Canadian Charities Operating Outside of Canada" by Terrance S. Carter
Learn more >>>
Freedom of Religion No Defence to Refusal to File Income Tax Return by Jennifer M. Leddy
On August 20, 2009 the New Brunswick Court of Appeal held that freedom of religion under the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms does not protect those who refuse to file income tax returns, because certain government programs are contrary to their religion. In the case of David T. Little and Her Majesty the Queen, the appellant refused to file his income tax return, and by implication pay taxes because he opposed abortion and the funding of abortion on the grounds of religion. While accepting that the appellant's position on abortion is sincerely rooted in his religion, the Court denied his right to refuse to file his income tax return because he disagreed with government policies or expenditures. Otherwise, everyone who disagreed with the direction of government could stop paying taxes but continue to receive public benefits. According to the Court, the payment of income taxes does not imply support for government policy and refusals to pay taxes are "simply acts of civil disobedience intended to bring about change in government policy, the law or both." Nothing in the payment of taxes compels the taxpayer to agree with government policy or prevents him or her from advocating a contrary view. The court drew a contrast between forcing a pacifist to participate in military service which would infringe freedom of religion under the Charter and the pacifist refusing to file tax returns or to pay taxes which would not be protected under the Charter. The remedy in the latter case is to work to change the policy through the political process. It will be interesting to see how this case is applied to health care workers who refuse to participate in medical procedures or offer medical services that are contrary to their religion or conscience.
Association of Treasurers of Religious Institute's Conference 2009, held in Ottawa, Ontario, included the following presentation:
"The Meaning of the Advancement of Religion as a Charitable Purpose" by Jennifer M. Leddy
Learn more >>>
Association of Treasurers of Religious Institute's Conference 2009, held in Ottawa, Ontario, included the following presentation:
"Charities Operating Outside Canada" by Karen J. Cooper
Learn more >>>
Association of Treasurers of Religious Institute's Conference 2009, held in Ottawa, Ontario, included the following presentation:
"Recent CRA Developments Affecting Religious Charities" by Terrance S. Carter
Learn more >>>
Life in the balance: SCC weighs rights of mature adolescents to refuse treatment by Jennifer M. Leddy
Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - July/August 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Life in the Balance: Supreme Court of Canada Weighs the Rights of Mature Adolescents to Refuse Medical Treatment by Jennifer M. Leddy
Church Law Bulletin No.26
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - June 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - May 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Constitutionality of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act Challenged in the Supreme Court of Canada by Jennifer Leddy
On April 24, 2009, five years after the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (the "Act") was passed by the Parliament of Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments presented by the Province of Quebec that sections of the Act are unconstitutional. The Act deals with activities that are outright prohibited, such as human cloning, and the commercialization of the reproductive functions of men and women. Other "controlled" activities (e.g. in vitro fertilization) are prohibited unless carried out in accordance with regulations under the Act, pursuant to a licence and in licensed premises. Generally, the Province of Quebec takes the position that the challenged provisions, which are largely the controlled provisions, intrude on provincial jurisdiction relating to the regulation of health care and medical practice. The Federal Government argues that the Act deals with a single subject and seeks to respond in an integrated matter to the various aspects. According to the Federal Government, the Act deals not only with health but also with morality and public safety and is thus an appropriate subject for the criminal law power. Two religious organizations involved at many stages in the development of the policy and Act were granted intervener status in the Supreme Court of Canada and allowed to file a written argument, but not to make oral submissions. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops argued that the appeal raised profound social, moral and philosophical questions which engage not only the question of division of powers but the underlying principles of our Constitution and legal system. They asserted that human life and dignity as well as the dignity of human procreation should be respected and protected uniformly across Canada. The Act was the result of fifteen years of public consultations, beginning with the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies that was established in 1989. Given its long gestation period, the many organizations and professionals from diverse sectors that participated in the process will be most interested in the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Charity Law Update - April 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - March 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - February 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
New U.K. Charity Commission Policy on the Advancement of Religion for the Public Benefit by Terrance S. Carter, assisted by Jeremy I. Tam
Church Law Bulletin No.25
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - January 2009
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Motorcycle Helmets and Religion: Case Comment on the Badesha Decision by Terrance S. Carter, assisted by Jeremy I. Tam
Church Law Bulletin No.24
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - December 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Rights code trumps religious group's non-gay requirement by Terrance Carter and Derek Mix-Ross
The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 28 No. 29
Learn more >>>
Thoughts on Child Protection Policies: How to Make Them Work for Your Charity by Esther S.J. Oh, assisted by Pamela Shin
Church Law Bulletin No.23
Learn more >>>
2008 Annual Church & Charity Law™ Seminar was held on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at the Young-Nak Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto, with over 600 in attendance
Presentation Materials now available
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - October 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charities Legislation & Commentary, 2009 Edition Now Available
Preview Full Commentary
Learn more >>>
Advancing Religion as a Head of Charity: What Are the Boundaries?
was presented by Terrance S. Carter for the University of Ottawa Law School course "Introduction to the Law of Charities and Non-Profit Organizations"
Learn more >>>
Updated Legal Risk Management Checklists for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations by Terrance S. Carter and Jacqueline M. Demczur
Not-For-Profit Checklist
Learn more >>>
Updated Legal Risk Management Checklists for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations by Terrance S. Carter and Jacqueline M. Demczur
Charity Checklist
Learn more >>>
Canada Revenue Agency Notes by Karen J. Cooper
Charitable Thoughts, Volume 12, No2
Learn more >>>
The Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes 21st Annual General Conference
was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and included a presentation by Karen J. Cooper entitled "CRA's Top Ten Audit Issues"
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - September 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - July/August 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - June 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - May 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
The Christian Horizons Decision: A Case Comment by Registered Charities by Terrance S. Carter, assisted by Derek B. Mix-Ross
Church Law Bulletin No.22
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - April 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - March 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - February 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
The Ottawa Region Church & Charity Law Seminar
was held on Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at Arlington Woods Free Methodist Church, Nepean, Ontario, with over 280 in attendance
Learn more >>>
Supreme Court Ventures into Religious Disputes by Terrance Carter and Derek Mix-Ross
Christian Week , Volume 21 No. 22
Learn more >>>
Supreme Court of Canada Decision Permits Judicial Interference in Religious Disputes by Terrance Carter and Derek Mix-Ross
Charitable Thoughts, Volume 11 No. 2
Learn more >>>
Charity Law Update - January 2008
Updating Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations on recent legal developments
Learn more >>>
Assessment Issues Affecting Charities and Not-For-Profit Organizations in Ontario by D. Ann Walters, B.A., LL.B. and Nancy E. Claridge, B.A., M.A., LL.B
Charity Law Bulletin No.130
Learn more >>>
The Supreme Court should not be an arbiter of religion by Terrance Carter and Derek Mix-Ross
The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 27 No. 34
Learn more >>>
More >>> Archives
Carters Professional Corporation
Barristers   Solicitors   Trademark Agents
Toll Free   1-877-942-0001
www.carters.ca
© 2015 Carters Professional Corporation
All Rights Reserved