Some recent articles on political activities and Canadian charities

June 04, 2012 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, Canadian Charity Law

There have been a number of articles dealing with Canadian charities and political activities over the last few weeks.  Here are some of them:

Green gets mean with Ottawa: Conservatives’ proposed dilution of environmental laws, attacks on groups has created backlash By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun

How the Conservatives’ brief love affair with environmentalism came to an ugly end

Globe editorial: Tory rhetoric creates chilly climate for free speech

MPs told to consider accountability of charities

Charities play important role in shaping our social policy

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Most foreign money given to Canadian charities doesn’t go to environmental groups, CRA records show

Environmental charities don’t top list of foreign-funded groups

Senator Cowan demands accountability from Tory educational and charitable organizations,0

Charities that spend on political action a ‘tiny fraction’

Foreign dollars a ‘minute segment’ of Canadian charities’ budgets

“David Suzuki charity questioned for alleged partisan politics” by Kathryn Blaze Carlson

A call for Canadian charities to become politically active by Alan Broadbent—a-call-for-canadian-charities-to-become-politically-active

Harper to private group: Stop funding Forest Ethics Charity by Elizabeth May

Foreign charity threat is overblown By Elizabeth Payne, Postmedia News

David Suzuki resigns to save foundation from ‘bully’ charitable status threats by Sarah Boesveld, National Post

The politics of charity: When is a tax-exempt organization too political? by Kathryn Blaze Carlson National Post

ForestEthics giving up charity status to take Tories on

Harper just attacking charities he doesn’t like By Thomas Walkom—harper-just-attacking-charities-he-doesn-t-like

Charity funded by the government has links to Tory call centre

Here are some notes that I have written on the subject of political activities and Canadian charities over the last few months:

How accurate are the T3010 charity returns when it comes to political activities?

CPS-022 CRA’s Guidance on Political Activities and Canadian Registered charities

New blog on Political Activities and Canadian charities

Federal Budget 2012 - transparency and political activities.

Canadian Senators comment on foreign funding and political activities of registered charities

Mark Blumberg’s submission to the Standing Committee on Finance on transparency, political activities and tax incentives

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