The Ontario Council for International Cooperation will be having its 2012 AGM and Conference.  There will be a number of interesting discussions on international development and humanitarian assistance.

I will be delivering a short break out session:”

“Legal Perspectives on Enabling Political and Cross Border Activities in a Challenging Environment
Mark Blumberg – Blumberg Segal LLP, Barristers & Solicitors
Moderator: Ikem Opara
Over the last few months there has been intense scrutiny of charities involved with environmental activism, especially those that receive US grants. This may be the thin edge of the wedge. Or it may be a lot of bark with no bite. Parliamentary hearings into tax incentives have shifted to a discussion of the rules around political and cross border charitable activities. Separate the rhetoric from the reality and understand the legal changes from the 2012 Federal Budget. Equip yourself with the knowledge to conduct advocacy and cross border charitable activities and enable your charity to deal with this riskier environment.”

For more information on the conference see:  http://www.powersitefactory.com/ocic/Page.asp?IdPage=9704