Viewpoint: Pro Bono Publico—For the Public Good

“Viewpoint” and “Counterpoint” provide forums for informed discussion of issues of wide interest to the voluntary sector. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. This article was developed from a presentation to “Fit to be Tithed”, a conference held under the auspices of the Continuing Education Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada…

Vancouver Immigrant Women: The First Judicial Interpretation

When all is said and done, the views of lawyers, academics and other bystanders about the “meaning” of a Supreme Court decision become secondary to the understanding of members of the judiciary. The Supreme Court often speaks in apparent parables but it is up to the reader or listener to interpret what those words actually…

By Way of Introduction… (1997 reprint)

[The following editorial from Volume 1, Number 1, of The Philanthropist, was written by Bertha Wilson, at that time with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto, an active member of the Wills and Trusts Section of the Canadian Bar Association and first editor of this journal. Editor Wilson subsequently served as a distinguished Justice of the…

International Philanthropy in Action: Human Rights

Introduction International philanthropy usually brings to mind famine relief or using Canadian dollars and expertise to build wells and irrigation systems in Third World countries; however Canadian expertise can be used to protect lives and improve living conditions in another way-by sending Canadians to observe and report back on murders, disappearances and torture in other…

From the Editor

For the past several years the custodians of accounting principles have been working to adapt their general rules to not-for-profit organizations. We have run a number of articles on that work, most recently in Volume XI, when the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants released its Exposure Draft of proposed principles of adaptation. CICA has now…

Affordable Legal Advice For Nonprofit Organizations

The Law Society of Upper Canada, which governs Ontario’s 24,000 lawyers, has established a pilot project which it hopes will lead to widespread provision of affordable legal advice to nonprofit organizations across the province. Location of the project has not been decided as a number of County District Law Associations (who will help to run…