Case study #109: Refugee access to welfare benefits

Refugee claimants in Canada are already living in some of the most precarious conditions in the country. With regulatory changes in the last omnibus budget bill, though, the federal government has opened wide the door for provinces to restrict their access to welfare benefits. For all the details, make sure to read our latest case study.

Case study #107: Bill C-51: Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015

Case study #107: Bill C-51: Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015

As Canadian parliament, and Canadian society, debated Bill C-51, Voices-Voix is adding to the debate by publishing our in-depth case study looking at the proposed legislation. The amendments proposed represent the most sweeping changes to the powers of CSIS since its inception in 1984.

Open letter: Enhancing the role of charities in public policy debates in Canada, request for a platform commitment

The following is an open letter that was sent to all five federal political parties by 18 charities and civil society groups concerned about the ongoing targeted audits of charities in Canada and the resulting "advocacy chill" is has caused. While Voices-Voix is not a signatory, we are re-publishing the letter in full as it reflects much of the research we have carried on the topic over the past months. 




February 10, 2015 

Case study #105: Sylvie Therrien

The latest case study from Voices-Voix is now online. It's a look a the case of Sylvie Therrien, a federal government employee who served as an EI investigator. She publicly denounced the fact that employees had to meet quotas for the number of EI beneficiaries they cut, as well as discriminatory practices, and was subsequently fired from her job. The pretence was that she did not use the official whistleblowers process, a process she (and many others) view as ineffective.

Case study #104: PEN Canada

What happens when a champion of free expression asks questions of the Canada Revenue Agency's audits of charities? Especially if you voice concerns over the apparent targeting of progressive charities? Well, in the case of PEN Canada, you get audited too.

Charity law blocks progress on issues facing Canadians

By Garfield Mahood and Brian Iler, the Toronto Star, 14 Feb 2015

Canadian charities are under attack. Environmental, human rights and international development charities, organizations struggling to address poverty and women’s issues are examples of non-governmental organizations that have lost their ability to issue charitable tax credits under the Income Tax Act. Either that or they face the threat of a loss as a result of ongoing Canada Revenue Agency audits.

First Nations children still face delays in accessing health care: report

By CBC News, 10 February 2015

First Nations children in Canada still face obstacles in accessing health and social services as quickly as other children due to continuing "bureaucratic confusion" and red tape on the part of governments, according to a new report.