Terrorist attack in Ottawa - reminder to charities to be vigilant about terrorist abuse

October 22, 2014 | 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, Ethics and Canadian Charities, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams

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

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