Speaker Series  

Our Speaker Series events raise awareness around a broad range of topics, and help to engage our communities in conversations that matter. The events showcase talented, innovative individuals from our area who are doing important work for our communities, often in a national perspective. Our distinguished speakers have included former Senator Hugh Segal, Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip, and The Right Honourable Paul Martin.


Recent Speaker Series Topics 

Promise in Prevention: Planting the Seeds for Lifelong Wellness

Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto) presented a compelling case for addressing mental health in infants, toddlers and young children.

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ACEs Aren't Wild Cards

Dr. Meredith MacKenzie (family physician, Street Health Centre, Kingston) and Kris Millan (Director of Family Health, KFL&A Public Health), discussed Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the ways they impact a child’s development into adulthood. 

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Health Equity and Homelessness

Dr. Jeff Turnbull (Medical Director, Ottawa Inner City Health) led the discussion which focused on homelessness and ways to provide access to healthcare for vulnerable populations within our community. 

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Not All Aging is the Same

Dr. John Muscedere (Scientific Director, Canadian Frailty Network) and Wendy Griesdorf (Lawyer, specializing in estates and trusts), spoke about our aging societies and the legal protection of seniors in our communities. 

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Why Together is Better for Child and Youth Mental Health

The discussion, which was led by a panel of speakers, focused on the ongoing work in KFL&A to improve our response to concerns about child and youth mental health. 

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Building a Better Basic Income Security System in Canada

The panel discussion highlighted the issues within Canada’s income security system and the principle of eliminating poverty by giving people money. 

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2023 Year End Tax Tips

 Both the federal and provincial governments offer donations tax credits that, in combination, can result in tax savings of up to 55% of the value of your gift in 2023, depending on your province or territory of residence. With total cash donations up to $200 in a year, the federal donation credit is 15% of the donation amount. For total donations exceeding $200 in a year, the federal donation credit jumps to 29% (33% to the extent taxable income exceeds $235,675) of the donation amount. Provincial donation credits are also available and the total credit may be up to 55% once total annual donations exceed the $200 in a calendar year.

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Form 2: Notice of Transfer of Securities
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Proposed Changes to Alternative Minimum Tax

Tax Element Current AMT Regime Proposed AMT Changes
Tax Rate and exception level 15% flat tax rate on an adjusted taxable income in excess of a $40,000 exemption 20.5% flat tax rate on an adjusted taxable income in excess of a $173,000 exemption
Calculating the adjusted taxable income for AMT purposes 100% of non-refundable tax credits included. 50% of non-refundable tax credits included.
Treatment of donations of publicly listed securities 0% of capital gains from donations of publicly listed securities included. 30% of capital gains from donations of publicly listed securities included.

Your AMT may be higher in 2024 (compared to 2023) if your taxable income is over about $173,000, and you have income taxed at lower rates than ordinary income, or deductions or credits that reduce taxes payable, including: Capital gains, Stock options,  Canadian dividends, Unused non-capital losses, net capital losses, or limited partnership losses from prior years, and  Non-refundable tax credits, including the donation tax credit. Speak to your tax profession to see how AMT could affect your situation in 2024, and, if appropriate, to consider triggering a gain or exercising employee stock options.

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