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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Multiple Remedies Required from Ottawa and Other Governments

By Veronica Strong-Boag, 8 Dec. 2015

The new Liberal government has now announced that the inquiry will begin, at the latest, by June of 2016. Pre-inquiry consultations will determine its scope and mandate, and proponents of justice for Indigenous women are urging the federal government to avoid the many mistakes of the Oppal Inquiry in BC.

Human Rights: What the new Government of Canada must do

December 10, 2015—Between 2010 and 2015, Voices-Voix documented attacks on human rights by previous Canadian governments on Canadian rights defenders, NGOs and other civil society organizations. Elected on October 19 with a majority, the new federal government has a critical opportunity to reengage with constitutional protections and see through numerous campaign commitments.

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.