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10

Jul

2016

CRA continues Harper’s witch hunt

Author: Jim Taylor
Stephen Harper may be gone as prime minister, but his body odour still stinks in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). A CBC report one week ago revealed that the CRA is still auditing charitable organizations suspected of political activity. The audits all started under Harper’s paranoia about anyone or anything that challenged his priorities. The most flagrant instance of that paranoia was the arbitrary cancelling of $7 million in funding for Kairos, a multi-church coalition focussing on social and economic justice projects with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
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8

May

2016

Consent is a complicated matter

Author: Jim Taylor
The telephone shocked us out of sleep at 5:00 a.m. “This is the Criminal Investigations Branch of the Canada Revenue Agency,” a grim male voice threatened. “This is to advise you that the CRA has decided to institute legal proceedings against you for non-payment of back taxes.” We hung up. Canada Revenue Agency doesn’t use recorded messages, and doesn’t threaten. (Although Ottawa bureaucrats do sometimes forget that Canada covers five time zones.) But as income tax deadline drew closer, the threatening calls continued: “We will be placing a lien on your assets and accounts. If you have any questions, you may phone our customer service line at 613-434-1554. I repeat, 613-434-1554.
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