Just goes to show that no matter how many front charities the Charities Directorate shuts down there will always be gullible individuals ready to believe any business that says one can put down $1,000 and get a $5,000 donation receipt. As one of the comments to this CBC article noted, it is interesting to note that these purveyors of tax shelters held their marketing session at the Fantasyland Hotel. Such irony is priceless.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2010/07/20/charity-tax-scheme-fast-edmonton.html#socialcomments Do yourself and the “aids orphans in Africa” a favour and donate to real charities!
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.