A few years ago, Leonard Cohen was brought to the brink of bankruptcy when his former manager swindled him out of almost all his money.

Well, fast forward a few years. Recently, Leonard Cohen was given a hero’s treatment, getting the Glenn Gould Prize from the Glenn Gould foundation. He was also supposed to get $50,000. Now, $50K doesn’t sound like a lot of money to a Canadian pop star, let alone one as famous as Cohen, and given what had happened before, it’s understandable Cohen would have quietly pocketed the cheque and nobody would have said anything.

Cohen instead turned the cheque over to the Canada Council.