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Malcolm Burrows

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Malcolm is a philanthropic advisor with 25+ years of experience. He is head, philanthropic advisory services at Scotia Wealth Management and founder of Aqueduct Foundation. malcolm.burrows@scotiawealth.com

Amendments to the ODSP Act Regulations

This blog was contributed by Elizabeth Bozek, B.Sc. (Hons), LL.B., Estate and Trust Consultant at Scotia Wealth Management in Toronto. _______________________________________________________________________________ Estate planning for beneficiaries who receive Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”) has been a careful balancing act to ensure entitlement to the benefits is preserved. Some relief has finally been announced…

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How to Donate Art

I get a lot of inquiries from clients with art or collectibles that they want to donate – sometimes during life and sometimes as part of an estate plan.  These long-term collectors often believe a public gallery, museum or educational institution is the best “one stop” destination for their collection. …

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The National Gallery of Canada’s Purpose

At the recent opening of the new Indigenous and Canadian Art Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), Director Marc Mayer made a fascinating throwaway comment. Due to the inclusion of historical objects and artifacts made by Canadian indigenous people NGC had to redraft its legal purposes.  In other…

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Exporting Canadian Art

  Like most countries, Canada has a cultural property regime designed to protect art and objects of cultural significance.  Inspired by UNESCO Convention (1970), cultural property must get clearance from the Canadian Cultural Property Export and Review Board (CCPERB) before it leaves the country.  Outdated elements of this important system…

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Returning a gift after 36 years

What’s a charity to do when a donor asks for a gift to be returned?  As my fellow blogger Derek de Gannes recently reported, CRA provided a technical interpretation in response to a charity inquiry relating to life insurance policy donated in 1981. The gift was intended for a discontinued…

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A Statue in the Wrong Square

Regular readers of the All About Estates blog may recall that each spring I write on legacy and how we honour the dead.  This usually involves a trip to a cemetery.  My cemetery visit this year was thwarted by a seagull attack – see my Hitchcockian video – so instead…

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Donation Tax Credit Mismatch

It is a truism that Canadians who donate enough to charity at death can eliminate tax. This outcome is due to the 100% contribution limit for gifts by will and direct designation gift of registered funds and life insurance.  Since 2015, however, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Yukon have increased…

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Endowments and Perpetuity

“Is perpetuity 21 years?” asked a charity colleague.  “No, it’s forever, until the end of time, or as long as we collectively exist,” I answered.  Despite my pedantic response, the question is a good one because it underscores the inherent meaninglessness of the phrase “in perpetuity” in relation to charitable…

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Does Donor Recognition Create Obligations?

Is a donor obliged to provide ongoing support to a charity after a building or facility is named in their honour?  The legal answer is “no”.  Naming, however, may stir up complex feelings of ownership and hope, which often lead to misunderstandings — even after the donor is dead. Ownership…

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Approving Donor Recognition

Charities like to name things after donors.  Simply, big gifts mean more prominent “naming opportunities”.  Ontario’s Minister of Health recently issued a directive to hospitals stipulating that they can’t rename existing hospitals in recognition of donations.  Is “naming” a risk for major donors?  What are the estate planning implications? Ontario’s…

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