Conference Report - Enabling Civil Society

Conference Report Now Available: Enabling Civil Society: Democracy & Dissent – Panels and Roundtable
The report summarizes the main outcomes of the Voices-Voix multidisciplinary and multi-partner conference Enabling Civil Society: Democracy & Dissent that took place on 20 October 2017 at McGill University. The event took place in partnership with the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the Canadian Centre for International Cooperation and wide range of funders and donors.

21 leading organizations ask government to enact panel recommendations on freedom of speech for charities and income tax law reform

Today, 21 leading charities and non-profit organizations reacted to a new independent Expert Panel Report by requesting the federal government immediately table a bill to implement the recommendations it provides.

Submission to the Canada Revenue Agency’s online consultation on charities' political activities

Canada's rules around charitable activities are ambiguous, contradictory and harmful to charities working in the public interest. The government must take legislative action to resolve this problem.

Strengthening Oversight: Restoring and Improving Independent Commissions and Parliamentary Watchdogs

In Canada, independent commissions and parliamentary watchdogs play an important role in checking the exercise of executive power. To operate effectively, these agencies should be adequately funded, free from political interference, and afforded the powers necessary to investigate, monitor and report on the government’s conduct. In a parliamentary democracy these bodies also ensure oversight by answering to Parliament as a whole, as elected representatives of the Canadian people.

Brief regarding public consultation on national security by the SECU committee

Oct. 28, 2016

To: The Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security

From: The Voices-Voix Coalition

Submission of brief regarding public consultation on national security

The Voices-Voix Coalition has drafted these remarks as part of the committee’s public consultation on national security (adapted from the remarks delivered at the in-person committee hearing in Montreal on Oct. 18, 2016).

Your chance to protect civil liberties and get rid of C-51

From Oct. 17 to 21, we'll have a great chance to call on parliament to act to protect the right to dissent, when the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security will be holding in person consultations in 5 cities across Canada. Click for all the details.

CRA consultation welcomed by Voices-Voix Coalition, but concerned over limited scope and continuing political activities audits

September 30, 2016 (MONTREAL)—The Voices-Voix Coalition welcomes Wednesday’s announcement by the Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier of the government’s intention to hold public consultations to modernize the rules governing charities’ political activities. 

Have your say on electoral reform in Canada!

All through October, there are opportunities across the country to have your say on how to fix our voting system to make it more fair, equitable & representative. Until Oct. 7, 2016, an all-party committee on electoral reform will be traveling the country to get our input.

Canada Without Poverty Launches Charter Challenge to Restrictions on Charities

Canada Without Poverty

On Sept. 6, 2016, Canada Without Poverty, a registered charity that works towards the relief of poverty in Canada, announced is has filed a charter challenge against regulations that limit charities' abilities to carry out political activities.