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Blake on the Huffington Post: CRA “Gotcha” Audits Need to Stop

October 22nd, 2014 by admin

In a recent piece I pointed out that when the Minister of National Revenue issues a Notice of Intention to Revoke, a charity must appeal to the same Minister who issued the Notice. There is no guarantee of an independent appeal process. The Appeals Branch of CRA’s Tax and Charities Appeals Directorate does not even go through the motions of opening a new file. The file number assigned by the Charities Directorate auditor remains the designation of the file throughout the so-called appeal process.

This ineffective appeal process becomes even more frustrating when one recognizes that revocation frequently proceeds on insignificant administrative issues rather than on substantive issues such as political activities. When government or industry officials want a charity closed down, they have little interest in the way they achieve revocation. All they care about is whether, at the end of the audit, they can raise their martini glasses and say GOTCHA.

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Blake Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

October 15th, 2012 by Benefic

For his dedicated service to his peers, to his community and to Canada, our own Blake Bromley has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal commemorates the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne and honours “significant contributions and achievements by Canadians”.

To read more about the medal, click here.

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Blake in “Trusts and Trustees”

September 26th, 2012 by Benefic

Blake’s paper, “Understanding the Waqf in the World of the Trust“, was recently published in The Oxford University Press journal Trusts and Trustees. Written in collaboration with with Paul Stibbard and David Russell, the paper considers the theological inception of the Islamic waqf as well as its historic evolution in the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, India and under Anglo-Mohammedan Law.

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