Social finance brings the challenge of how to reconcile two dynamics that historically have been opposed: the private interest for profit and the common interest for public benefit.
Pro Bono is a monthly column written by lawyers and legal experts at Iler Campbell LLP that explores the murky legal waters activists regularly confront in doing their work.
If international pressure is the key to ending Israeli apartheid, then a fulsome reporting on facts is the first step.
A case in Nova Scotia provides insight into how the use of medical cannabis is sometimes still perceived as an unconventional treatment despite having been legal in Canada for almost two decades.
Increasingly, charities are looking at using their funds and other resources to contribute to positive social change, as well as to obtain a financial return. But does the law permit them to do so?
Are charities legally permitted to make impact investments with their funds? Yes, but, getting to "yes" is not straightforward, and depends on the circumstances.
In Canada, size is still an acceptable basis for discrimination, not protected by human rights legislation. It ought to be.
With the MeToo movement, many victims are more willing to report sexual harassment and assault. But we are also hearing about instances where perpetrators are trying to silence their victims.
Last month, the federal government released what it is calling the country's first national housing strategy. From a legal perspective, it's very good news.
There is a lot of push back against the report, which concluded discrimination and bias are experienced daily by racialized licencees
There's a distinction between rules to protect people's rights and arbitrary requirements that limit them. We must be ready to fix outdated and discriminatory rules.