Revenue Canada forbids Unitarians from working for justice
By Dean Beeby, CBC News Posted: Jul 03, 2016 5:00 AM ET
One of Canada’s most venerable religious charities has been told by the Canada Revenue Agency that it can no longer work for justice in the world.
Agency officials conducting a political activities audit on the Canadian Unitarian Council said the broad statement in the council’s bylaws is too vague.
“Vague purposes are ambiguous and can be interpreted in many different ways,” the agency said in a compliance letter, which includes other demands more than a year after the audit was launched.
The Canadian Unitarian Council’s bylaws were accepted by Industry Canada when the Toronto-based charity submitted them for approval in 2013.
But the warning three years later from the CRA’s auditors forced the group to rewrite its bylaws at a May meeting in Vancouver, purging any reference to “justice” or “social justice.” read more here