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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Canada Revenue Investigating Halton Catholic Board For Diverting Student Charity Funds To Pro Life Political Groups

BURLINGTON  The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is looking into the school board's newest list (since removed) of approved charities that it is telling students to donate to. The reason they are investigating is that the HCDSB itself is a registered charity and CRA charity rules prohibit a real charity from donating or using their funds for "political activities" In fact if you are a "pro life" group like Campaign Life Coalition masquerading as a fake charity with the name of "March For Life"  you can't even be registered as a charity. But that hasn't stopped the HCDSB listing  March For Life as a real charity.


A close inspection of the new fundraising list (since removed) posted by the HCDSB shows a number of sketchy political groups that are definitely not registered charities. This can lead to trouble with the CRA. 




Halton Alive is definitely not a charity. It's a pro life political group pretending to be a charity. It is simply a fundraising name. Interestingly it lists the HCDSB as a sponsor on its webpage - something the CRA might not like.



Culture of Life is definitely not a charity. It's a pro life political group pretending to be a charity. It is simply a fundraising name given by the local Knights of Columbus which is a registered charity but is also not allowed to give money to political groups. In this case the board's list is confusing students as to where and who the money goes to. Why list "Culture of Life" and Knights of Columbus when it is one in the same?


March For Life is definitely not a charity. It is a pro life political group pretending to be a charity. It is simply a fundraising name given by the Campaign Life Coalition and listed at the bottom of it's webpage.

The CRA has assigned an auditor to investigate whether the HCDSB should be donating student funds to political groups. The investigation has a file number # 8122811. Students, staff and members of the public are encouraged to contact the CRA anonymously at 1-866-809-6841 from 8:15 am to 4:45 pm if you have any information that may help in their investigation.


As always the HCDSB NEWS invites your corrections, comments and criticisms and any replies received from people or institutions mentioned in any article will be published.


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