Vilification/Smearing

IRFAN-Canada

In April 2011, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked the charitable registration of IRFAN-Canada. IRFAN-Canada challenged the revocation and its appeal was scheduled to be heard before the Federal Court of Appeal in May 2014. 

ForestEthics

In 2012 Andrew Frank, former staff of ForestEthics, alleged that staff within the Prime Minister’s office had labeled ForestEthics an “enemy of the people of Canada” and threatened to jeopardize its funding relationship with Tides Canada, a charitable foundation.

Sierra Club Canada Foundation

Sierra Club Canada Foundation logo

In December 2012, a pro-oil sands lobby group named Ethical Oil with close ties to the Conservative government filed a complaint with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) against the Sierra Club Canada Foundation (SCCF). The objective was to trigger an audit from the CRA and, potentially, the loss of charitable status for the Foundation.

Aboriginal communities and environmental groups

Aboriginal communities and environmental groups

Since 2006, according to documents obtained through the Access to Information Act, Aboriginal communities and environmental groups have been under a special program of government surveillance, and the information was shared among security agencies, government departments and industry about groups that oppose resource development projects. 

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

Health care and professional services organizations across Canada opposed to the cuts formed the group Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care in the spring of 2012.

Tides Canada

Tides Canada

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has initiated an audit that could result in Tides’ loss of charitable status.

Palestine House

Palestine House

In January 2012, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that funding for Palestine House would not be renewed after March 31. Kenney cited concerns that Palestine House was an extremist institution and a supporter of terrorists and terrorism.

Sierra Club of British Columbia

Sierra Club of British Columbia

In September of 2008, Environment Minister John Baird rescinded a $100,000 funding grant to the Sierra Club BC, fuelling speculation that the cuts were motivated by political, rather than budgetary reasons.

Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock

After Blackstock’s organization filed a discrimination complaint against Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, she was excluded from important meetings, and she claims that government employees systematically monitored her professional and personal life.

Amir Attaran

Amir Attaran

Amir Attaran was targeted with intrusive information requests, apparently for having publicized information about Canada’s complicity in war crimes, not

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