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Brian Iler is a contributor to rabble's Pro Bono column. He is a partner at Iler Campbell LLP where he advises many of Ontario's co-operatives, non-profits and charities. Iler is counsel to the Ontario Co-operative Association and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a founding director of the TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative, which erected the wind turbine at Exhibition Place in Toronto, and the Community Power Fund, which provides financing for community-based sustainable energy projects. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Social Innovation, he advised it on its recent purchase of 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, and the Community Bond offering made to finance it. He is a member of the Ontario Non-profit Network's Expert Advisory Panel and author of much of its critique of the new Ontario Non-profit Corporations Act.
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Public interest should be central to regulation of charities' political activities

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been notorious in recent years for its attacks on charities for their alleged political activities. Charities concerned about climate change and Aboriginal rights bore the brunt, with some still awaiting the attitude change promised by Justin Trudeau when he took power.

Taking Trudeau at his word, our law firm provided our thoughts to the Liberals' inquiry on the issue of how charities' political activities should be regulated.

Here's a précis. The full submission is here.

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A taxing matter: Non-profits await change from Liberal government

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In mandate letters to his newly appointed ministers, Justin Trudeau told Finance Minister Bill Morneau, and his minister responsible for Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Diane Lebouthillier, to:

"modernize the rules governing the charitable and non-for-profit sectors. …. A new legislative framework to strengthen the sector will emerge from this process."

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Climate in election 2015: The time for action is now

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In 1990, Greenpeace published Global Warming:The Greenpeace Report. It's a serious work, some 480 pages written by a host of highly qualified scientists and policy analysts.

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Carding and civilian control of police

Carding, the infamous police practice of stopping individuals for questioning, is back with a vengeance in Toronto.

Its devastating impact on the lives of thousands of Torontonians is vividly and brilliantly illustrated by Desmond Cole's piece in this month's Toronto Life: "The Skin I'm In: I've been interrogated by police more than 50 times -- all because I'm black."

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Charities and the limits of political action under the Harper government

Environmental Defence. PEN Canada. Amnesty International Canada. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Canada Without Poverty. The David Suzuki Foundation.

What do these organizations have in common -- aside from all doing great work?

All are registered charities.

All have been publicly critical of Stephen Harper's government.

And all are undergoing audits of their political activities by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

What's this about? Here's what you need to know.

When organizations seek charitable registration from government in order to entice donors who would like tax receipts, they necessarily accept oversight by a government agency that, in an atmosphere as poisonous as Canada's these days, can overreach.

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Why Canada needs more community power

Given the scientific consensus that wind turbines are not dangerous to human health, as opponents have claimed, it is time to shift focus to a real issue: fixing wind energy policy to increase community power in Canada.

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Report from international summit in Quebec City: 'The Amazing Power of Co-operatives'

Approximately 200 youth take part in the Future Cooperative Leaders Program.

Last week's International Summit of Co-operatives (subtitled "The Amazing Power of Co-operatives") was clearly designed to put the co-operative model front and centre on the world's economic policy agenda. The Summit, held in Quebec City, did just that.

2012 is the UN-declared International Year of Co-operatives, and this conference was in many ways the Year's marquee event -- for the world.

For me, active for many years in Ontario co-ops, it was an opportunity to rub shoulders with an amazing and diverse group of committed co-operators. And to deeply savour the scope and potential the co-op model has. 

As the catch-phrase for the Year says: "Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World."

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The growth of community-owned green energy in Canada

Community power was given a boost this summer with the release of the second round of Nova Scotia's Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects on July 9, 2012 and Ontario's FIT 2.0 Program Rules on August 10, 2012.

Until now, ownership and participation in Canada's growing green energy sector has been dominated by private sector interests. It looks like things may be starting to change.

Community power means community‑owned renewable energy products that are developed and controlled (entirely or in part) by people living in the community. In other parts of the world, such as Germany and Denmark, large portions of green power are in fact community power projects. In Canada, however, most renewable energy projects are privately owned.

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