Posts Tagged ‘donation’

Blake in Faith Today: Finding a New Way to Fund Missions Work

June 27th, 2012 by Benefic

“An ever-aging population means the generations which have supported missionaries have died or are growing older and leaving legacies in their wills.  The current generation “doesn’t have a passion for missions.  Or, if they do, it’s in a very different context or paradigm.”

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Categories: Charity, People, Religion

No Charity Pennies For Your Thoughts

April 18th, 2012 by Blake Bromley, Bio

The federal government’s March 29th budget announced that Canada will soon cease to produce and use pennies.  Since this announcement, Canadians have been rushing to implement Finance Minister Jim Flaherty solution to fund Canadian charities: “Free your pennies from their prisons at home and donate them to charity.”  Many lamented that you will no longer be offered “a penny for your thoughts.”

The fine print in the budget’s Notice of Ways and Means reveals that the government does not want those pennies to be spent on political activities.  Weeks before the budget was announced, Senator Doug Finley made the Conservative Party’s political agenda clear when he told the senate, “it should never be considered a charitable act to attack Canada’s oil sands.”  The government wants to block funding to environmental charities, particularly those that engage in political activities.  Charities play an important role in helping Canadians form value judgments about the merits and flaws of proposed social, economic and environmental plans and solutions. The proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act are intended to reduce the flow of pennies that support these important voices in public discourse.  Canadians need to recognize that the government is much more intent on extinguishing “thought” in the charitable sector than extinguishing the penny in everyday commerce.

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Categories: Charity, Environment, Law, Politics

Blake on the Huffington Post: New Counter-Terrorism Strategy Overlooks Most Obvious Breeding Ground

February 20th, 2012 by admin

“What I found most intriguing about Canada’s new Counter-Terrorism Strategy is that it did not once refer to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Nor is CRA referred to in the strategy’s “Annex A: Roles and Responsibilities Relating to Counter-terrorism” which lists 20 agencies that play a role in counter-terrorism. CRA is absent from the document entirely.

This omission is striking because CRA is well-positioned to be on the frontlines of the Canadian counter-terrorism movement.”

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Categories: Charity, People, Politics, Religion, Terrorism