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The Canadian Progressive: CRA seeks Canadians’ feedback on its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities

The Canada Revenue Agency wants to hear from Canadians regarding its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities. The public’s feedback will lead to “the development of new guidance or educational resources for charities on the rules governing political activities.”

The post CRA seeks Canadians’ feedback on its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities appeared . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: CRA seeks Canadians’ feedback on its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities

The Canadian Progressive: Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke Jewish National Fund’s charity status

The Green Party of Canada is calling on the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charity status of the Jewish National Fund on the grounds that the organization discriminates against Palestinians and non-Jews in Israel. Also, Israel’s “failure to comp… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke Jewish National Fund’s charity status

Politics and its Discontents: Remembrances Of Things Past (And Present)

I suspect it is only the very young and the profoundly naive who believe that justice is blind, that all are treated equaly under the law. While a pleasing fiction that governments like to perpetuate, nothing could be further from the truth.Consider th… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Remembrances Of Things Past (And Present)

Cowichan Conversations: Bogus CRA Con Artists Are Out To Scam You

I had a call this morning was amusing, but only because I knew it was a scam. The caller, with a thick foreign accent, identified himself James Anderson from the Canadian Revenue Canada. That was Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Bogus CRA Con Artists Are Out To Scam You

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau: CRA must allow charities to do their work “free from political harassment”

In his recent Ministerial Mandate Letter to Diane Lebouthillier, the Minister of National Revenue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) must allow charities to do their work free from political harassment. The post Trudeau… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau: CRA must allow charities to do their work “free from political harassment”

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

The Liberal government has announced what appears to be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first step towards repealing Harper’s Bill C-377, a draconian law that sought to weaken Canada’s labour movement. The government has waived reporting requirements… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

The Canadian Progressive: CRA Guts Dying With Dignity’s Long-Standing Charitable Status

Leading death with dignity lobby group announced Tuesday that it’s losing its charitable status after a recent political-activity audit by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The post CRA Guts Dying With Dignity’s Long-Standing Charitable Status appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Suspicious Deletions At CRA

While it may not qualify as a smoking gun, a series of text-message deletions at Canada Revenue Agency looks decidedly suspicious. Given what many see as the Agency’s Harper-directed war against non-profits that are critical of government policy, there is ample reason to see foul play in the move.

Today’s Star reports the following: . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Suspicious Deletions At CRA

The Canadian Progressive: 400 Canadian Academics Demand CRA Stop Auditing Progressive Think-Tank

More than 420 Canadian academics have written to the Minister of National Revenue demanding an immediate stop to the CRA’s audit of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The post 400 Canadian Academics Demand CRA Stop Auditing Progressive Think-Tank appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s War on Charities is a War on All of Us

Never underestimate the scope and impact of the Harper regime’s war to gag our charities. Oxford student and 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Joanne Cave writes in today’s Times Colonist that the use of the CRA cudgel to silence charities by Harper & Co.is just the tip of the iceberg.

The recent Canada Revenue Agency crackdown . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s War on Charities is a War on All of Us

Politics and its Discontents: Denial And Outrage

During my teaching career, it was occasionally my unpleasant task to confront a student with evidence of his or her cheating; most situations revolved around plagiarizing essays or having skipped a test. The student’s responses when confronted were invariably the same; indeed, they tended to parallel Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief.

I won’t . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Denial And Outrage

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gruending On The CRA Audits

From his latest:

The government, however, has sent unmistakable signals that it wants a crackdown. Recent federal budgets have provided the CRA with an additional $13 million in special funding to undertake such audits at a time when the government was slashing the CRA’s budget by $250 million over three years, forcing the layoff of . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gruending On The CRA Audits

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: More Totalitarianism From The Harper

Just as Harper has been tearing down the apparatus of scientific research that would ordinarily be used by governing parties to make informed policy decisions, the next prong of his attack on reasoned governance in Canada has begun.

It really began in 2012, when the government rolled out a program with specific funding for . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: More Totalitarianism From The Harper

Peace, order and good government, eh?: After all, what would a Minister of Revenue know about taxes?

Committee studying offshore tax evasion will not question revenue minister

A finance committee study on tax havens will be written without input from National Revenue Minister Gail Shea after the Conservative majority struck down an NDP request to question the minister about spending priorities inside her department.

In arguing against the NDP’s request, Conservatives pointed . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: After all, what would a Minister of Revenue know about taxes?

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Revenue Agency asks CBC to submit data on tax havens

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The use of tax havens is at an all-time high in Canada and it’s costing Canadians an estimated $7.8 billion annually, the executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness, Dennis Howlett, recently said in his brief to the House of Commons Finance Committee. Now the Canada Revenue . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada Revenue Agency asks CBC to submit data on tax havens

Autonomy For All: Bill Kristol Mocks Idea of CRA Causing Housing Crash

The zombie lie that the Community Reinvestment Act was substantially or primarily the cause of the 2008 economic crisis may just have taken a mortal blow; Bill Kristol has apparently mocked the idea: But here was Bill Kristol reminding the summit audience that the “worst moment, economically, in middle-class Americans’ lives” in recent years was . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Bill Kristol Mocks Idea of CRA Causing Housing Crash

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper Government Must Set Canadian Scientists Free

Nature, one of the biggest and most-read scientific journals in the world, made this call in a February 29th editorial. The journal lamented the Harper Government’s undisguised hostility to openness, expert opinion and publicly-funded scientific expertise. Rightly so.

At some point, the government’s stated communication policy, posted on a federal website and directed civil servants, . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper Government Must Set Canadian Scientists Free

DeSmogBlog: Canadian Environmental Groups Black Out to Speak Out Against Government Threats to Nature & Democracy

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With full page ads in the Globe and Mail and La Presse national newspapers, a major coalition of Canadian environmental non-profits have come together to launch the Black Out Speak Out campaign (Silence, on parle! pour la Francophonie.)

CPAWS, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Equiterre, Environmental Defence, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina Institute, Sierra . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Canadian Environmental Groups Black Out to Speak Out Against Government Threats to Nature & Democracy