150 Profiles: Allan Northcott

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: Allan Northcott Current role in the sector: President, Max Bell Foundation; Board Member, Imagine Canada; Board Member, Philanthropic Foundations Canada Years working and/or…

Book Review: The Public-Private Nature of Charity Law

The Public-Private Nature of Charity Law, by Kathryn Chan, Oxford and Portland, Oregon, Hart Publishing, 2016, ISBN 978-1-78225-848-3   The 19th century social reformer Lord Brougham, commenting on opposition to the establishment of a regulatory apparatus for charities, said: Th[e] law [of England] regards the inheritance of the poor as a matter of public, not…

New Series: Canadian Charities Working Internationally

This article is the first in a series on Canadian Charities Working Internationally. A regulatory system, and the laws that underpin it, is ideally enabling but by necessity limiting. It’s true in business, and it should be equally true with charities. What is, however, the right balance between support and limits? When working across borders,…

Funding Terrorism And Charities

Summary:  The previous two issues of The Philanthropist, 23 (4) and 24 (1), featured an article prepared by Blake Bromley for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 in support of his personal testimony in Ottawa on October 26, 2007. The following is the final installment: the text of…

Charities and the Rule Against Perpetuities

Introduction Charitable status is a legally privileged status. The law in numerous ways, ranging from the trivial1 to the noteworthy,2 confers legal advantages upon charities. These legal advantages are often misunderstood. This is true in terms of the technical dimensions to the various advantages. It is also true at the more fundamental level of understanding…

Advancing Religion as a Head of Charity: What Are the Boundaries?

Without the values and principles which underlie not only the Charter but also our democratic institutions and policy, there can be no recourse to rights or freedoms. The Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci1 Introduction All world religions follow some equivalent to the “Golden Rule” for Christians: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”2 This principle also forms the…