Reports

The Voices-Voix Coalition is compiling reports that provide information about the state of democratic rights in Canada, especially the rights to free speech, transparent government, and equality. If your organization has a report which you believe would be of interest to Canadians, send us an email at communications[at]voices-voix.ca.

Broadbent Institute: Right-leaning charities continue to claim 0% political activity to CRA

A new report from the Broadbent Institute is raising questions once again about the political activity audits conducted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and whether or not the agency has unfairly focused on charities with missions that don’t align with the interests of the federal government.

The report finds nine out of 10 prominent right-wing charities claimed zero per cent of their budgets were used for political activity in the most recent fiscal year. The final filing for the tenth organization has yet to be submitted or made public by the CRA.

The Harper Record 2008 - 2015

This book, which builds on the 2008 collection The Harper Record, continues a 25-year tradition at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of periodically examining the records of Canadian federal governments during their tenure. As with earlier CCPA reports on the activities of the Mulroney, Chrétien and Martin governments while in office, this book gives a detailed account of the laws, policies, regulations, and initiatives of the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper while in minority (from 2008 to 2011) and majority (from 2011 to 2015).

The 36 writers, researchers and analysts who have co-written this book probe into many aspects of the Harper government’s administration over the last two parliamentary sessions. From the economy to the environment, social programs to foreign policy, health care to tax cuts, the tar sands to free trade deals, and many other areas, these chapters dig through the facts and key moments for this government over the past seven years, highlighting in particular its policy response to the global financial crisis and Great Recession.

In the National Interest? Criminalization of Land and Environment defenders in the Americas

By International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, September 2015

The ICLMG and MiningWatch Canada released a report today that squarely links Canadian mining interests throughout the Americas with intensifying repression and violence against mining-affected communities.

Here in Canada and throughout the Americas, many governments have embraced resource extraction as the key sector to fuel economic growth, neglecting other sectors – or even at their expense. This is creating unprecedented demand for land and other resources, such as water and energy. In Latin America, economic dependency on intensive primary resource extraction has become known as ‘extractivism’.

Factsheet: Comparing Treatment Of Business & Associations (General Assembly Report – Oct. 2015)

United Nations Special Rapporteur

The Special Rapporteur’s factsheet summarizing his “sectoral equity” report, which examines differential treatment of businesses and associations.

The report, which is scheduled to be presented in late October 2015, is a comparative study of enabling environments for associations and businesses, examining how and why States treat each sector differently. The Special Rapporteur asserts that businesses generally operate in better environments, largely because States, multilateral organizations and other key actors make great efforts to create such environments, whereas those actors often make comparatively little effort to improve the environment for associations.

Protecting Canadian Charities: A comparison of federal parties' positions on charitable rules in Canada

22 September 2015 (Toronto, ON) – Today, leading Canadian organizations have released a new summary of the federal party positions on protecting Canadian charities. This initiative is to protect charities and the voices of Canadians they represent and to encourage federal party leaders to establish new legal and policy protection that enables charities to participate more fully in public policy discussions.

It is critical for a healthy democracy that charities are involved in shaping public policy. Charities voice the concerns of millions of Canadians and provide subject matter expertise, which results in better, more effective policies and laws.

UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai

28 April 2015 (Geneva) - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, called for a new treaty binding businesses to respect fundamental human rights, and for States and corporations to fully engage with civil society organizations in the context of natural resource exploitation.

“Corporations play an outsized role in the decision-making processes about exploitation of natural resources. But they are not subject to legally binding human rights obligations,” Mr. Kiai told the UN Human Rights Council during the presentation of his latest report. “It is time to address this issue more robustly; corporations must not escape responsibility to safeguard human rights.”

Dismantling Democracy: Stifling debate and dissent in Canada

Dismantling Democracy: Stifling debate and dissent in Canada documents the abuse of parliamentary rules, the intimidation of public servants, and the defunding and intimidation of organizations that hold views at odds with the government.

From scuttling the long-form census, to muzzling scientists, to cutting funding for evidence-based advocacy, the federal government has pursued a deliberate strategy to repress alternative views.

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