150 Profiles: Arthur Drache

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: Arthur B.C. Drache Profession (current role in the sector): Lawyer specializing in charity and non-profit law Years working and/or volunteering in the…

Related Business: What’s Okay and What’s Not

This article is adapted from a paper prepared for the 2nd National Symposium on Charity Law, held in Toronto, Ontario, on April 14, 2004. The issue of business activities undertaken by registered charities has become critical in Canada, as in other countries. As government funding to nonprofits has been significantly reduced, many organizations are turning to…

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…

The English Charity Commission Concept in the Canadian Context

This article was developed from a memorandum for a client of Drache, Burke-Robertson & Buchmayer who has given permission for its wider distribution. [In 1995 Arthur B.C. Drache, Q.C., was asked to research the role of the English Charity Commission and to give an opinion on the possibility of using a similar model within the Canadian…

Viewpoint: The 1981 Budget: Failure Of Process?

Viewpoint is a new feature of The Philanthropist where contributors may advance a particular view on subjects of interest to philanthropic organizations. The views expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect those of The Philanthropist. Readers are urged to respond to viewpoints expressed and, if appropriate, responses will be published to provide the opposing view….

Political Activities: A Charitable Dilemma

The widely reported decision of the Department of National Revenue to deregister the Manitoba Foundation for Political Studies has re-awakened fears in the charitable community that many activities now undertaken by registered charities will have to be abandoned. The foundation in question is best known in Canada as publisher of Canadian Dimension, a left of…