Which charities get the most foreign cash? Not those on Tory hit list

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

May. 10, 2012
The CRA database shows only 1,998 of the 85,000 or so registered charities now active in Canada have reported any foreign income. Most are aid organizations, religious groups or schools. All of their foreign funding over the years amounts to a combined total of $811,467,808… Canadian charities do not have to disclose on their tax returns which foreign groups gave them money. But the recent federal budget promised to impose new penalties on charities that fail to provide full disclosure of funding and activities.

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Top court orders new trial in sex attack on developmentally challenged woman

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Feb. 10, 2012
… the ruling simply means that persons with mental disabilities are not required to meet a more onerous test than any other witnesses before they are allowed to enter the courthouse door and take the stand… “So that persons with mental disabilities report sexual abuse, that it will be treated even more seriously by police and by prosecutors, with some assurance that when their evidence comes before the court, it will be accepted and heard.”

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Crime rate fell again in 2010, at lowest level since 1973: StatsCan

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Canada’s crime rate fell last year to its lowest level in nearly four decades — a statistic opposition MPs claim as proof the governing Conservatives need not spend billions on new jails… So what’s behind the drop? The experts point the finger at shifting demographics. Their theory goes like this: the number of young people in this country is shrinking. Younger people tend to commit more crimes than older people. So if there are fewer younger people, it follows there will also be less crime… The crime severity index is at its lowest point since 1998, the first year for which such data are available.

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