7 eco-groups confirmed being audited by CRA – 1 so far threatened with losing charity status

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CBC’s Evan Solomon is reporting that he has confirmed 7 eco-groups are currently being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency:

The list of groups CBC has now confirmed are undergoing audits reads like a who’s who in the environmental charity world. They include:

  • The David Suzuki Foundation
  • Tides Canada
  • West Coast Environmental Law 
  • The Pembina Foundation
  • Environmental Defence
  • Equaterre
  • Ecology Action Centre

And Environmental Defence has been told they may lose their charity status:

CBC has confirmed that at least one group, Environmental Defence, has received its report back from the CRA and they are appealing it. Sources said their report threatened to revoke their charitable status. (see here)

About damn time.

Also: My complaint filed against Environmental Defence and the Sierra Club can be seen here


14 Responses to “7 eco-groups confirmed being audited by CRA – 1 so far threatened with losing charity status”

  1. jparcjr Says:

    Honestly they all should loose there charitable status .

  2. Anonymous Says:

    This is good news, why did it take so long?

  3. Al in Cranbrook Says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard in ages!!! I hope every one of ’em gets their status yanked!!! Right on!!!

  4. Tripper523 Says:

    Nice to see CRA’s auditors doing something worthwhile for a change. I hope this is the tip-of-the-iceberg for correcting some misuse of Canadian public funding, as well as defining what a proper registered charity should be, ie. exclusive of special interest groups.

  5. Steve o Says:

    Could not happen to a better bunch. Now if only they were taxed on the money collected retro activley, that would be great…Steve O

  6. Bubba Brown Says:

    Well that makes my day!
    I would like to know if some of the “protestors” that break the law and peace of our communities are paid to do so.
    If so does that make the groups funding them co-conspiritors?
    Burning police cars and tires to save the planet, what a concept.

  7. Liz J Says:

    It’s downright criminal to pretend to use charity as a front for activism. I can’t see any one of them not losing charitable status. Is this sort of thing not considered fraud?

  8. Martin Says:

    CBC’s Solomon spent considerable time yesterday bleating about the harassment of the eco-groups; he talked to leaders of Sierra and Pembina. At no time did he provide any context of their political activities. CBC has never reported on the $55,000 cheque sent to Chief Allan Adam from Tides Foundation last month, and Solomon didn’t mention it. Usually in Canada it is considered illegal to give money to an elected official.
    At one point Solomon interrupted Ivison before he could mention that David Suzuki had campaigned for his favourite in the Liberal leadership contest. He also intervened massively for Dalton McGuinty in the Ont election.
    Solomon sputtered that Suzuki was a private citizen, distanced from the Susuki Foundation. Right, that is like saying the Liberal Senators now have no connection with the party.
    Canadians are not fooled by such semantics..

    • BC Blue Says:

      Love how all the eco-groups being audited just happen to leak that info to CBC’s Evan Solomon

      • Liz J Says:

        Evan Solomon, the very act of typing his name makes me cringe…..IMO he’s the most boldly obvious anti-Conservative in the media whose salary we all pay for. I never watch his show, it’s a blood boiler for anyone who believes in fair and balanced coverage and discussion on the politics of the country.

    • Liz J Says:

      If there are now no “Liberal” Senators sitting in the Senate does that mean they are still free to campaign for Justin and his brains behind the scene Liberals on our dime? Can they wear the Independent hat in the Chamber and scatter across the land campaigning wearing the Liberal red cap?

  9. RJ65 Says:

    I am sure that when the final report comes out from CRA and is leaked to the public, it will be bullet proof. I deal with CRA on a regular basis and have found them to be professional and understanding – but real sticklers to follow the tax code to the letter. Taking money from foreign sources and using it for political lobbying beyond the limits of the tax code for charities will not be favourably looked upon by CRA.

    Ezra is likely doing a happy dance right now, as he should!

  10. Brad maynard Says:

    How about the CBC? They’ve been living on govt charity far too long.

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