For decades, Canadian charities have given voice to concerns of Canadians who want social progress, better health and a clean and safe environment. From laws banning smoking in public places and the creation of anti-drinking and driving laws, to reducing acid rain, these important measures and more were a result of charities voicing Canadians’ concerns.
But the rules around what charities can and cannot do are open to abuse due to ambiguous guidelines. This ambiguity led to the launch of harassing and costly audits of charities. If the laws aren’t changed, this could happen again.
What this means for us is that, according to the CRA, we must censor comments on our blog and Facebook page by our supporters that could be construed as partisan.
This isn't just about our freedom of speech, it's about yours.
You can help! Take action here.
Tell the federal government to keep its promise of creating a new law to protect your right to be heard through the charities you support.
The Minister of National Revenue is reviewing the rules under which charities can speak out in Canadian society. And the Minister wants to hear from you! But you only have until December 14th to make your voice heard.
Tell the federal government a new law is needed to give citizens a voice through charities they support and to enable charities to continue critical public policy work on issues that impact Canadians.
Doing so will ensure Canadians like you continue to have an avenue for voicing your concerns on issues that impact your daily life.
Will you stand with us and ask for a better and more just Canada?
We're working on our own submission now, which will also challenge the fact that the CRA continues to privilege religion by relying on a 17th century definitions of charity that assumes the promotion of theistic religions benefits society.
For more about these issues, listen to our podcast.
Friday is your last chance to buy tickets for our 2016 Winter Solstice Dinner.
Our annual Winter Solstice Dinner is coming up next Wednesday, November 30 at 6 PM.
This year, the dinner will be held at the Pacific Culinary Institute of the Arts at Granville Island. There will also be a small silent auction to help fund our work.
Tickets are $50 and available online.
New on our website
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• How fundamentalists leverage hate spin from The Conversation
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 06:00 PM
- Winter Solstice Dinner at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Vancouver
Sunday, December 04, 2016 at 10:00 AM
- Sunday Meeting-Stephen Fry Live at the Sydney Opera House 2010 at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM
- Sunday Meeting - Video - The Humanism of Star Trek at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM
- Sunday Meeting- Joyce Arthur- Trumpocalypse vs Women's and Reproductive Rights at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver