Social Impact Newsletter

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October 2013

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First Conviction under Lobbying Act

Kate Lazier

On July 31, 2013, a former Conservative staffer, Andrew Skaling, pled guilty to failing to register as a consultant lobbyist as required by the federal Lobbying Act. This is the first conviction under the Lobbying Act since the law was...

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Social Media and Political Activities

Natasha Smith

Statistics show that Canadians are one of the most regular users of social media, with two out of every three Canadians using some form of social media.  Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin hold the top three spots for Canadian social networking, with over...

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Finance Committee Releases Public Recommendations for 2014 Budget

Andrew Valentine

The Standing Committee on Finance has published copies of the recommendations it received from the public as part of its annual Pre-Budget Consultations.  In June, the Committee solicited public submissions for items to be included in the 2014 Federal Budget. ...

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Quebec Introduces New Measures to Promote Cultural Philanthropy

The Quebec government has introduced several new measures designed to increase private philanthropy in Quebec.  These new measures were introduced in Information Bulletin 2013-6, released on July 3, 2013, and follow on the recommendations of the Task Force on Cultural Philanthropy,...

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New CRA Charities Directorate Resources

The CRA Charities Directorate has published new resources that will be of interest to registered charities.  These resources include a new self-assessment tool for political activities, and several video webinars on recent CRA guidance documents. The political activities self-assessment tool...

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