Toronto Star reports that ‘sponsor withdraws from Islamic event Trudeau to attend’

December 23, 2012 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Global Giving, Ethics and Canadian Charities

The Toronto Star recently covered a conference in which Justin Trudeau was speaking.  One of the sponsors of the conference was IRFAN, a group that has lost its charitable status due to allegations that it was involved with directly or indirectly providing support to HAMAS, which is a listed terrorist organization   I think that it is important to read the almost 200 pages of CRA letters and documentation before coming to any quick conclusions.

Here is a link to copies of those CRA letters:
http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/index.php/blog/comments/international_relief_fund_for_the_afflicted_and_needy_canada_irfan-canada_h/

What can we learn from this episode:

1) If you are maintstream religious organization who wants credibility be careful who your sponsors are; and
2) Politicians should be careful at whose events they speak - it is important to do research beforehand.

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