Political pressure from charitable organizations has resulted in tougher drunk driving laws and health warnings on cigarettes.
But a crackdown on political activities by environmental, labour and human rights groups under the current Conservative government threatens to silence those who would challenge the status quo, warns a new report by the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria.
“Calling for a change in laws is considered political,” Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the centre, tells Yahoo Canada News.
Charitable organizations are living in fear that speaking out will earn them an audit, and potentially see them lose their charitable status, he says.
“If we’d had this kind of fear … we never would have cleaned up the Great Lakes; we never would have gotten drunk driving laws; we never would have gotten dioxins out of pulp mill pollution…. We’d likely still have lead in gasoline.”
The report, prepared for the environmental group DeSmog Canada, says the federalRead More »from Charity audits threaten to silence those seeking change: report