Charitable Status

Why Is CRA Reinterpreting Rules to Shut Down Charities It Doesn't Agree With?

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

Respected charities doing important work are being told they were never qualified to operate, that some bureaucrat made a historical mistake and now the organization must be shut down, their work discontinued, their assets scattered among those charities in their same sector that survive.

Is Big Brother Threatening Our Charities?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Last week, Canadian Mennonite magazine revealed that it had been threatened by the government. A Canada Revenue audit team the magazine that it could lose its charitable status because of what it published. CRA found some 2011 articles to be in violation of the Income Tax Act which forbids "the direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office." Where is this taking Canada? Will we be a nation without dissent, without criticism, without discourse? A nation where even the most well-meaning and well-respected charities must keep silent on everything or risk the wrath of government?