Posted under News | Canadian Charity Law | Ethics and Canadian Charities | Avoiding 'Charity' Scams
There is an interesting and important report from the Parkland Institute entitled “Shooting The Messenger: The Need For Effective Whistleblower Protection In Alberta”. The report is written by David Hutton. David Hutton is also the Executive Director of, FAIR (Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform). Canada does not have low level corruption like some countries. Have you ever had to pay a bribe at a Canadian airport to get through? However, unfortunately as a result we are complacent and this allows some very well connected people and companies to take advantage of the system and get away with a lot more. You would notice and be offended by a $10 bribe, but you don’t notice billions in inappropriate procurements or billions in inflated receipts which cost you and every Canadian a lot more. With the registered charity sector having $212 billion in revenue it provides an attractive target for some who wish to take advantage of it. From a national security point of view the failure to encourage controlled whistleblowing poses a tremendous threat to the integrity of our intelligence community. If people don’t have a real outlet to expose problems with real protections - they will go to the media or others.