Blog Post: Right-leaning charities are reporting zero “political” activity while engaging in work that appears to meet the Canada Revenue Agency’s definition, a new Broadbent Institute report has found. This raises new questions about the agency’s selection process for determining which charities are targeted for political-activity audits and how charities are interpreting CRA’s definition of “political” activity. With mounting evidence suggesting bias in auditing decisions, we need to find out what’s going on here,” said Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith.
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Blog Post: Exposing Energy East: People and Places at Risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Proposal, a photography exhibit featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artists Garth Lenz and Robert van Waarden, will appear in Toronto between October 31 and November 5, 2014. This exhibit brings together photographs of people and places threatened by the Energy East pipeline, the largest proposed tar sands pipeline in the world.
Press Clipping: A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under watch — by the Canada Revenue Agency. "Effectively, they've put a gag on us,” said Roger Suffling, longtime member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, who noted that the letter arrived just after the club wrote to federal cabinet ministers to complain about government-approved chemicals that damage bee colonies.
Blog Post: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an environmental review body established under NAFTA, soon will decide whether to investigate the Canadian government’s continuing failure to regulate its tar sands industry. By informing Canadian citizens of their government’s inaction on tailings regulations, a CEC investigation would help hold the Canadian government accountable for its failure to protect its fisheries and citizens from toxic tailings.
Press Clipping: TransCanada Corp. will have to spend $1 billion more than planned on an oil pipeline to Canada’s Atlantic Coast if natural gas customers get their way, a move it says would threaten the viability of the project. The spat centers on TransCanada’s plan to convert a 3,000- kilometer (1,865-mile) stretch of its mainline gas conduit to carry oil. Gas distributors claim that converting the mainline in eastern Ontario would lead to fuel shortages and higher prices.
Blog Post: Any claim that Keystone XL passes the President’s climate test rests on the argument that carbon intensive tar sands crude will be developed at the same rate with or without the massive pipeline, because the dirty oil can just as easily be moved by train. But one look at the underperformance of the first unit-train-loading terminal with access to tar sands crude, a tale of budget overruns, missed targets and operational failures, shows just how spurious that argument is.
Press Clipping: A train that derailed and exploded in rural Alabama was hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil, according to officials. The 90-car train was crossing a timber trestle above a wetland near Aliceville late Thursday night when approximately 25 rail cars and two locomotives derailed, spilling crude oil into the surrounding wetlands and igniting a fire that was still burning Saturday.