In April of 2015, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that five charities had been informed that the CRA intended to revoke their charitable status. The names of the charities were not given. This announcement was made as part of the annual program update of the Charities Directorate. In total, the number of charities to whom the CRA sent notices of revocation, was 31. Of those, five stemmed from a special series of audits of the political activity of charities.
The CRA announced that it had found some "serious non-compliance issues - beyond those related to political activity," including, for example, "delivery of an undue benefit" to a person involved with a charity. That is precisely what I had noticed back in the fall of 2010 when I first provided information to the CRA about a series of questionable payments made by Tides Canada and The Endswell Foundation.
After a five-year hiatus, this blog is back in order to provide information about what has happened over the past five years and how the CRA appears to have handled this matter.
As you read through this blog, please note that since so many of the posts that I wrote during 2009 and 2010 are now out-dated, older posts have been set to "draft" status so that they do not appear. They are still available, however, if anyone is interested. As time permits, I will attempt to up-date relevant posts with the most recently available funding information.