Advancing Health Equity through Benefits Screening

This article is the sixth in a series on Poverty and Human Rights in Canada. SUMMARY: This article explores benefits screening, a system of auditing patients to identify those living in poverty and the benefits they may be eligible for, as an innovative step towards realizing the right to health in Canada by advancing health equity.[1]…

How To Communicate Our Value To Our Communities

Time and time again we hear the claim: “ The nonprofit, charitable, community sector helps to build resilient, healthy communities—in fact, we are leaders in doing so!” As a practitioner in the sector for many years, I myself have made this claim. There is truth to it. Indeed, it is a firm belief in this…

Book Review

A Year Of Living Generously—Dispatches From The Front Lines Of Philanthropy by Lawrence Scanlan. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre; 2010. isbn: 978-1-55365-416-2 Peter Broder Although its title, A Year of Living Generously, echoes that of the popular Mel Gibson/Sigourney Weaver film from a few decades ago (The Year of Living Dangerously), that is about as close…

Recent Tax and Legal Developments

Two Recent Cases and a Law Reform Initiative Readers of this journal will be interested in two recent cases, one Canadian and one English, and a law reform initiative. Uni Association v. Minister of National Revenue In December 1992 the Federal Court of Appeal gave judgment in Canada Uni Association v. Minister of National Revenue. The…

Recent Tax Developments

The Tax Editors are indebted to Holly MacLachlan-Toonders of Peat Marwick Thorne for this explanation of complex but crucial problems affecting many charitable organizations. Fund-Raising Events and the GST Because of the importance of fund raising to charitable organizations, this column is devoted entirely to the goods and services tax implications arising from fund-raising events….

Recent Tax Developments

The Goods and Services Tax: An Update for Charities and NonProfit Organizations [For several years the federal government has been preparing the Cana­dian public for the introduction of a new federal sales tax, now known as the Goods and Services Tax. This article was developed from an article in Network, the newsletter of The Canadian…