'Stick to the knitting': Charities face similar scrutiny in UK, Canada

‘Civil society organizations are not there just to run soup kitchens,’ argues former UK charity regulator.

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Environmental Defence's event marking Ontario's commitment to go coal-free on Nov. 21, 2013 featured Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and former United States vice president Al Gore, who has received a Nobel Peace Prize for climate change activism. ED's executive director says there appears to be a "narrow reinterpretation" of acceptable public policy activities for charities, but Canada's tax agency says it does not intend to deter charities from carrying out charitable activity.
Carl Meyer
Published: Wednesday, 08/27/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 09/09/2014 11:17 am EDT

In June, about six weeks before news broke that Canada’s tax office had told a major charity it didn’t consider “preventing poverty” a charitable goal, a familiar story was playing out across the pond.

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