150 Profiles: Debra Kerby

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Debra Kerby Current role in the sector: President and CEO, Canadian Feed The Children Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector:  Eighteen years….

How We Account: Executive Pay: Directors Need To Keep Asking (More) Questions

The Special Report: Ornge Air Ambulance and Related Services (Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, 2012) reports that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has not been obtaining the information it needs to fulfill its oversight responsibilities over Ornge’s financial undertakings and operations. Ornge, a government agency reporting to the MOHLTC, is…

Natural Justice, Members, and the Not-For-Profit Organization: “Fair Play in Action”

“Natural Justice is but fairness writ large and juridically. It has been described as “fair play in action”.1 Introduction In recent years, a number of cases have emerged that have considered the application of natural justice rules to the decisions of not-for-profit organizations. The emergence of these cases is not surprising considering the ever increasing…

Liability of Religious Charities: A New Frontier: Accountability of Religious Persons and Institutions in Tort

This article is an abridged version of the paper “Liability of Religious Charities: A New Frontier: Accountability of Religious Persons and Institutions in Tort and Equity,” which was presented at Third National Symposium on Charity Law Canadian Bar Association/ Ontario Bar Association, May 6, 2005, Toronto, Ontario. It is presented here with the permission of…

Insurance Issues for Charities

Introduction and Overview Insurance may be “essential” for charities but it is not always available or affordable. Further, charities may not always understand what their real risks are and how those risks can be managed and mitigated through a combination of risk transfer mechanisms such as insurance, indemnities, adherence to best practices, and seeking appropriate…

Bookshelf

Civic Literacy: How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work By Henry Milner Published by University Press of New England, 2002, 293 pp. US $45. cloth; US $19.95 paper. REVIEWED BY A. PAUL PROSS Professor Emeritus, School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University This book is an enquiry into the factors that contribute to informed voter choice during…

Consultation Paper on Total-Return Investing by Trustees

COMMITTEE ON THE MODERNIZATION OF THE TRUSTEE ACT, Law Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouvera 1. Investment Strategy and the Distinction Between Capital and Income The purpose of all investment is to acquire gain. It is no different in the case of a trust. Trustees invest the trust property in order to bring about an increase…