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The recent terrorist attacks in Quebec and Ottawa are a reminder of the impact of terrorism. Canadian charities are an important part of Canadian society and it is important that they protect their employees, volunteers, and other resources from terrorist abuse.
A reminder that CRA has published a checklist on avoiding terrorist abuse. In the past many have conflated terrorism with "foreign activities". Quite clearly terrorism can happen anywhere and Canadian charities should be paying attention.
It appears that in the past a number of terrorist incidents have been thwarted by information and assistance from Canadian charities, especially religious charities concerned about the distortion of their religion by some fanatics.
If you have information about a terrorist incident or suspected links to terrorism you can report them to the RCMP's National Security Information Line, 1-800-420-5805, or see the website for National Security Information Network.
Here are some other links that might be useful:
Canadian Charities and Terrorism: Preventing Abuse of Your Favourite Canadian Charity http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/index.php/articles/canadian_charities_and_terrorism_preventing_abuse_of_your_favourite_canadia/
Don’t be a nonprofit party to terror https://charityvillage.com/Content.aspx?topic=Don_t_be_a_nonprofit_party_to_terror
Strengthening Canada’s AML and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime and its effect on Canadian charities http://www.fin.gc.ca/consultresp/pdf-pcmltfa-lrpcfat/003-Blumbergs-eng.pdf
Do you require legal advice with respect to Canadian or Ontario non-profits or charities?
Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.