I recently took a look at the “Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector” which was just released on Friday.  I was going to write a long blog but I am stuck on one sentence in the report:

 

  1. Appeals of decisions of the Charities Directorate – Additional context

       In all other aspects of Canadian life, the law is fully tested, discussed, debated and ultimately evolved to reflect the needs of society, but not as it relates to charities.

 

I am not sure how any person can say “In all other aspects of Canadian life, the law is fully tested, discussed, debated and ultimately evolved to reflect the needs of society, but not as it relates to charities.”

Forget about the charity sector for a moment but “in all other aspects of Canadian life” the law has “evolved to reflect the needs of society”.   I just don’t know what to say.  This appears to me to be at a minimum a very insensitive comment.

 

I am thinking of 3 pro bono projects our firm was involved with over last few years to help “youth in care” or children who were formerly in the child welfare system.  You know that youth in care across much of Canada are cut off after age 18 because they are adults.   Although not a criminal lawyer I am thinking about the Canadian criminal justice system and its disproportionate impact on certain groups.    I just don’t know what else to think.   Once I have composed myself I will try to write something else on this report.