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Observing the impossible law

That charities are subject to laws that cannot be obeyed is symptomatic of several problems. In part this can be traced back to the federal government’s lack of constitutional jurisdiction in legislating in this area (a topic we have written about many times). But the role of the courts in ensuring that laws meet the principles of natural justice has become muddied with the long record of losses by charities at the Federal Court of Appeal. However, the solution to this particular problem—including some of the more problematic parts of the political activities tests may be simpler than redrafting the constitutional division of powers.

 

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What is the CRA policy on political advocacy activities carried out by registered charities?

Registered charities have special concerns when it comes to the legal and administrative application of the Income Tax Act. To maintain charitable status under the Act, a charity must devote substantially all of its resources to charitable purposes and activities—and avoid excessive political activity…

 

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Keeping on top of legal requirements: How can I identify legal risks?

There are hundreds of thousands of federal, provincial and municipal statutes and regulations. Laws and regulations exist for virtually every aspect of an organization’s operations—incorporation, employment, safety, environmental, contracts, intellectual property, privacy and so forth. Organizations of all sizes need to be aware of their legal environment and regulations and laws that affect them…

 

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