Banyan Tree Foundation affidavit by Vern Krishna makes interesting reading

October 05, 2009 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: Canadian Charity Law, Ethics and Canadian Charities, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams

Vern Krishna, a very respected Canadian tax lawyer, a few months ago provided an interesting affidavit on the lawsuit against Fraser Milner Casgrain and others with respect to the Banyan Tree Foundation at http://www.classactionlaw.ca/content/claims/Rochester/Supplementary%20Motion%20Record%20re%20Vern%20Krishna%20Affidavit.pdf   All allegations have yet to be proved in court

Here is another copy of the Vern Krishna affidavit.  In the affidivit Mr. Krishna discusses what is a gift, donative interest, various cases on gifts to charities under the Income Tax Act and his concerns with a legal opinion on donations to a charity as part of the Banyan Foundation scheme.


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