In early April, a column appeared in the Vancouver Sun lamenting, yet again, examples of exorbitant profits earned by for-profit fundraising companies contracted by charities to solicit donations on their behalf. LawNow Volume 33, Issue 6 (July/August 2009)
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Earlier this year, The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) won massive judgments against two different telemarketing groups for misrepresenting to donors the benefits to charities associated with their solicitation. In light of these judgments the article looks at Canada's Competition Act and the constitutional authority given to the federal government. In Canada, it is more difficult for regulators to seek civil penalties as the Act focuses more on "false or misleading representations" usually related to products.
The recent controversy over exclusion of the group Right to Play from the Vancouver Winter Olympics sheds light on a little discussed – or understood – corner of charity law. This article discuss the issues involved in this controversy. LawNow Volume 33, Issue 3 (January/February 2009) (keywords: sponsorship)