PM's charity audits look for 'bias, one-sidedness'

By Kelly Crowe, CBC News, 4 February 2015

Is fighting for the right to buy private health care a charitable act? Apparently it is.

But fighting for the right to die on your own terms is not. It's political, at least according to the logic of the Canada Revenue Agency.

So, when is a charity being political? It's an increasingly perplexing question.

Faire la promotion du terrorisme devient une infraction criminelle

Par Hélène Buzzetti, Le Devoir, 31 janvier 2015

Le projet de loi C-51 déposé vendredi à la Chambre des communes instaure un tout nouveau type de crime au Canada : celui d’encourager le terrorisme par la parole et les écrits. Des spécialistes en droit s’interrogent déjà sur les dérapages qui pourraient survenir. 

Damage from cancelled census as bad as feared, researchers say

By Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail, 29. Jan. 2015

The cancellation of the mandatory long-form census has damaged research in key areas, from how immigrants are doing in the labour market to how the middle class is faring, while making it more difficult for cities to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, planners and researchers say.

Statistics Canada developed a voluntary survey after Ottawa cancelled the long-form census in 2010. Many had warned that the switch would mean lower response rates and policies based on an eroded understanding of important trends. Now researchers – from city planners to public health units – say they have sifted through the 2011 data and found it lacking.

Coalition of organizations call for the reinstatement of long-form census

Bill C-626 supports Canadians’ right to information

TORONTO (Wednesday, January 28, 2015)CJFE and 10 other organizations call on the Canadian government to pass Bill C-626 and reinstate the mandatory long-form census.

In 2010, the federal government ended the long-form census that informed critical business, policy, and research decisions across the country. As information becomes an increasingly valuable commodity in today’s world, Canada made a conscious decision to blindly walk away from vital data about our culture and society.

The mandatory long-form census provided critical information about demographics, commuting patterns, skills shortages, and other economic data that helped to determine public policy, guide researchers, and give businesses a leg up. It allowed for historical comparisons that let us know how our society is changing.

NDP seeks probe of Canada Revenue Agency's text message destruction

By the Canadian Press, 19 january 2015

A New Democrat MP is asking the federal information watchdog to investigate the Canada Revenue Agency's systematic deletion of employee text messages. (...)

The Toronto Star reported last month that the federal revenue agency had destroyed all text message records of its employees and stopped electronically saving such messages. (...)

Ex-Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on muzzled scientists, secrecy and "broken" government

By Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, 13 Jan. 2015

"There's no accountability. It's completely, completely broken," said former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who was hailed as a "national hero" for insisting that federal government be accountable for its spending. 


Missing, Murdered Native Women: International Rights Group Urges National Inquiry

By The Canadian Press, 12 January 2015

OTTAWA — An international body has joined Canadian domestic calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.

A report from The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States, says an inquiry or national action plan is needed to get at the root of the problem. (...)

2014: The Year in Association and Assembly Rights

By Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Jan. 9, 2015

It is still too early to tell just how 2014 will be remembered from the perspective of assembly and association rights: The year of the protest; the year of the revolution, the year of shrinking space. 

But one thing is certain: It will be a year that we remember. 

Case study #101: Oxfam

Today, Voices-Voix we published case study #101, on Oxfam Canada, "elimination of poverty," and the odious bureaucracy imposed on both non-profits and charities. An excerpt: