Viewpoint: Ontario’s Donation of Food Act

In June 1994 the Ontario legislature passed An Act Respecting the Donation of Food 1 • Little or no publicity accompanied the passage of this short Act, which substantially alters the common law governing the liability of food banks and donors to food banks for the products distributed by the banks. Section (1)(1) relieves both…

Viewpoint: Rethinking Charity: What Do We Owe Each Other?

The way in which we decide what qualifies as a charitable purpose deserves to be considered in the context of broader public policy rather than be confined, as it often is, to merely technical debates about the application of ancient definitions of charitable purpose to new situations. The numerous tax subsidies available to charities would…