• Safeguard Disability Rights – Sign The Un Protocol

    With great fanfare in 2010, the Harper government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). However, it never took the next step of ratifying its Optional Protocol, which is essential for holding Canada accountable for its commitment… Over 26,000 Canadians are looking forward to having Prime Minister Trudeau safeguard disability rights by signing and ratifying the Protocol by the end of 2017.

  • Canada Without Poverty, the UN and Human Rights

    In March-April 2017, Canada will be reviewed for its compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Canada ratified the Convention in 2010 which makes this the first review cycle that applies to Canada… The first step is to provide a written submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For NGOs, the written submission details ongoing issues and concerns about the state’s human rights record.

  • Growing number of migrants renouncing Canadian immigrant status

    A large number of these are so-called astronaut parents, who work offshore while their spouses and school-attending children remain in Canada, usually in urban centres… “Some have bought multiple properties. By renouncing their permanent resident status they can stay below the radar and avoid Canadian taxes… “They can visit Canada whenever they want on a 10-year visa. Why would they want anything else?”

  • Canadian citizenship must be a constitutional right

    Particularly heinous is the untold number of Indigenous Canadians that are currently stateless because their parents never registered their births, rightfully fearing their children would be sent to a residential school. Now adults, these Canadians have no rights or benefits. They are citizens of nowhere, unable to legally work, marry, attend school, buy a home, get a loan, drive a car or even take a bus, train or plane without identification.

  • Canadians are generous, but government spending on charities is not

    The key problem for charities is not a decline in the generosity of individual Canadians, which has been quite steady in the context of a soft economy, but the general retrenchment of government social spending… the Trudeau government has promised to develop a “social innovation” strategy and to increase investment in “social infrastructure.” … a strong charitable and not-for-profit sector also requires strong public financial support.

  • Ontario should expand legal aid, not cut it

    At the moment, a single person with no dependents must have an income of about $13,000 a year or less to qualify for legal aid. That’s an absurdly low level, considering that Statistics Canada calculates the low-income cut-off for a single individual in a large city as closer to $25,000… Now, sadly, with the cuts to service because of the agency’s deficit, access to legal aid has gotten even worse for the poorest of the poor.

  • Donation Incentives: The Canadian Advantage

    As of 2016, tax credits have increased with tax rates for the highest income Canadians… income of more than $200,000… with proper estate planning, a Canadian taxpayer may eliminate taxes at death by giving to charity and in most cases not disadvantage family heirs… Canadians have a rich array of donation tax incentives that together surpass other developed countries in the world, even the United States.

  • Sluggish Economic Outlook Forces Charities and Policymakers to Plan for a Looming Social Deficit

    Charities and non-profits, too, need to pay attention to broader economic issues and policy. Lagging economic performance will in part generate the projected structural social deficit. Charities and non-profits have a vital interest in policies and programs that address fundamental economic issues of productivity and growth… The overlap between the smart growth agenda (growth that is equitable, inclusive, and environmentally responsible) and the mission-driven charitable and non-profit sector is significant.

  • The Canadian Income Tax Act and the Concepts of Charitable Purposes and Activities

    … there is merit in considering an entity’s planned or actual activities in determining its eligibility for registration, in particular with respect to two concerns: (1) mission drift; and, (2) inadvertent overstepping of bounds when an entity is constituted for purposes that are generally worded, rather than specific.. it is certainly legitimate to examine whether planned or actual activities are reasonably connected to stated purposes.

  • Immigration critical to Canada’s future prosperity

    … a major new report released last week by the Conference Board of Canada… concluded that immigration levels need to rise steadily until they reach 408,000 annually by 2030 in order to help the growth of the labour force and generate higher economic growth. It even suggested Canada will need a population of 100 million by the end of the century to ensure economic health… a larger Canadian population cannot totally offset the effects of an aging population, but it can soften the impact.