Revenue Canada's political activity audits biased, think-tank says

By Dean Beeby, CBS News, 21 October 2014

The Broadbent Institute is calling for an independent probe of the Canada Revenue Agency, saying tax auditors are targeting critics of the Harper government while letting right-leaning groups off the hook.

The self-styled "progressive" think-tank released a research report Tuesday citing recent public statements by 10 "right-leaning" or "conservative" charitable groups that it says are political, yet the groups reported no political activities in their mandatory annual statements to the tax agency.

Greenwald: Harper Government Exploiting Recent Attacks to Expand Powers

By Nadia Prupis, CommonDreams, 27 October 2014

The Canadian government is exploiting last week’s attacks against soldiers in the country to push sweeping national security bills into law and give the state ever-more invasive surveillance powers, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald said in Ottawa over the weekend. (...)

Can a political purpose also be a charitable purpose? Perspectives on the impact of Re Greenpeace of New Zealand Inc. in Canada

By Janne Duncan, Norton Rose Fulbright, October 2014

A number of Canadian charities have recently come under scrutiny by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regarding their charitable status. In Canada, a registered charity pays no income tax and is able to issue tax receipts to its donors. Those receipts are then used for non-refundable tax credits or deductions. The Canadian Press has reported that many registered charities in Canada, ranging from environmental to international aid and human-rights groups, have recently been subjected to political-activity audits by the CRA. The CRA has apparently budgeted approximately $13 million for these audits.

Liberal cuts threaten guaranteed rights, commission argues

By Michelle Lalonde, Montreal Gazette, 09 October 2014

The Liberal government could face expensive lawsuits if it cuts or reduces certain social programs without taking into account the impact on human rights guaranteed in Quebec’s Charter, the Quebec Human Rights Commission warns. (...)

Bill C-13 Moves Ahead, Despite Claims Supreme Court Already Killed It

By Daniel Tencer, The Huffington Post Canada, 2 October 2014

The Harper government is set to push through a bill that critics say the Supreme Court has already in effect struck down.

Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians From Online Crime Act, comes up before the House of Commons on Wednesday.

We can’t wait another decade to end violence against native women

By Beverly Jacobs and Alex Neve, The Globe & Mail, 30 September 2014

When Amnesty International released the Stolen Sisters report in October, 2004, the Native Women’s Association of Canada had already been campaigning to focus attention on the uncounted hundreds of indigenous women and girls who had been murdered or gone missing in Canada.

We now know, from recently released RCMP statistics, that in the decade that followed the release of the Stolen Sisters report, dozens more indigenous women and girls were murdered every year, with more than 105 remaining missing under suspicious circumstances or for undetermined reasons. Due to significant gaps in police reporting, it’s also clear that many more deaths and disappearances are likely absent from RCMP figures.

Help Put the Spotlight on Government Secrecy

By Sean Holman,, 26 September 2014

Partisans may not believe it, but Canada's "culture of secrecy" existed long before Stephen Harper moved into the prime minister's office. And it'll be around long after he moves out, unless Canadians do more than cast their ballots in the next election.

That's why four groups concerned about freedom of information, one of which I'm part of, are launching a campaign encouraging Canadians to take a small but vital step on social media that would raise more awareness of just how much is being hidden from us: spotlighting examples of government secrecy with the hashtag #cdnfoi. (...)