David Suzuki’s being uncharitable

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(Reprint from July, 2011) Toronto Sun Editorial:    The rules at the Canada Revenue Agency seem clear.  A registered charity “cannot be involved in partisan political activities.”  Unless, apparently, you’re David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation.

Here’s how the CRA defines what’s prohibited:

“A political activity is considered partisan if it involves direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, a political party or candidate for public office.”

Charities can promote the policies of political parties and candidates they agree with, but “must not directly or indirectly support the political party or candidate for public office.”

On July 21, the Toronto Star reported Suzuki, in an interview, urged Ontarians to re-elect Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty on Oct. 6.

“I’m offering an endorsement of what Mr. McGuinty has done, absolutely” Suzuki said, describing the environmental polices of his Conservative rival, Tim Hudak, as “absolute insanity.”

That’s non-partisan?

In a 2008 speech at McGill University, Suzuki suggested Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Conservative Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, should be jailed for “intergenerational” climate crimes.

That’s non-partisan? (A spokesman for the Suzuki Foundation later said Suzuki wasn’t speaking literally.)

In 2007, Suzuki told an audience of school children in Calgary, as he accepted $835 they raised for his foundation: “The only thing (Stephen Harper) cares about is getting re-elected with a majority government “¦ he has never, ever indicated he cares about the environment.”

That’s non-partisan?

Suzuki has said such comments are “my personal opinion” and “nothing to do with my foundation” in compliance with CRA rules.

But how can anyone distinguish the views of David Suzuki from the David Suzuki Foundation? Its website is “davidsuzuki.org” not “davidsuzukifoundation.org.”

There’s a picture of Suzuki at the top. His views and biographical information are prominently displayed.

Who has the average person ever heard of in the David Suzuki Foundation, aside from David Suzuki?

The CRA does not comment on the activities of specific charities.

If a charity is found to be non-compliant with The Income Tax Act, action may range from “helping (it) to understand the rules” to revocation of its registered status.

If people have reason to believe a charity is not in compliance, they can contact the CRA at 1-800-267-2384. Good to know.

20 thoughts on “David Suzuki’s being uncharitable

    • Suzuki has the messiah complex. If you
      don’t agree with that, you are a denier.

      • I did not know bats get mad , thanks for that input .
        As for Suzuki , he has the Mcguinty complex and
        that is to lie about health effects of IWTs as this
        website clearly proves .

  1. Also …

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation … is an agency of the government of Ontario. It donated over $ 100,000 to the Suzuki Foundation during the Foundation’s previous fiscal year. Given Suzuki’s stumping for McGuinty and against Hudak …

    … IS THERE ANY WAY THIS IS APPROPRIATE ?!

  2. I have posted this previously..off Trilliums site..
    Much of this money is to collaborate and lead….as I have said before is used to fund grass roots groups ..little eco groups talking about sunshine and a green world with lovely field of flowers with an IWT

    Trillium foundation , the grant agency of the Liberal government has given grants to these Environmental Lobby Groups , which in turn to use this money to form smaller eco groups or fund small grass roots groups that go directly into your communities. Some actually provide “teaching” tools to the school boards across Ontario.

    Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
    $95,000

    The Energy Exhibition Collaborative c/o Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
    $127,300

    Sustainability Network
    $281,400

    Tides Canada Initiatives
    $289,800

    Low Income Energy Network (LIEN) c/o Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
    $198,900

    Blue Green Now: Driving the Transition to Green Jobs in Ontario Communities c/o Steelworkers Humanity Fund (SHF)
    $420,800

    David Suzuki Foundation/Foundation David Suzuki
    $129,200

    High School Climate Challenge c/o Sierra Club of Canada Foundation
    $168,200

    Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education
    $52,600

    Riversides c/o Green Communities Canada
    $97,800

    Tides Canada Initiatives and Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience c/o Tides Canada Initiatives
    $41,500

    Ontario Trillium Foundation 2010 –to March 2011

    Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, as lead organization on this collaborative
    $233,800

    Green Communities Canada, as lead organization on this collaborative
    $95,900

    The Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, as lead organization on this collaborative
    $130,000

    Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network
    $27,100

    Green Communities Canada
    $281,900

    Pillar Nonprofit Network, as lead organization on this collaborative
    $454,000

    Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forest , as lead organization on this collaborative
    $255,700

    Small Change Fund Inc.
    $289,900

    Tides Canada Initiatives Society , as lead organization on this collaborative
    $100,000

  3. Done. Thanks for that link. I can’t get charitable status for either of the two organizations of which I am chair because a tiny portion of our activities are political but this guy does? I’ll be spreading the link far and wide, you can be assured.

  4. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with mentoring
    a friend – in trouble.
    So there…………..

  5. Sent to (use link at top of page): Charities-Bienfaisance@cra-arc.gc.ca
    Mr Stephen Harper: pm@pm.gc.ca
    Local MP, how to find your local MP: http://www.canada.gc.ca/directories-repertoires/direct-eng.html
    This is what I sent feel free to copy and paste or post a better version here for others to use. No harm if you send it in twice or 50 times.

    David Suzuki Foundation abuse of the government’s and Canadian citizens’-taxpayers’ trust

    From the Canada Revenue Agency

    “A political activity is considered partisan if it involves direct or
    indirect support of, or opposition to, a political party or candidate for
    public office.”

    On July 21, the Toronto Star reported Suzuki, in an interview, urged
    Ontarians to re-elect Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty on Oct. 6.

    “I’m offering an endorsement of what Mr. McGuinty has done, absolutely”
    Suzuki said, describing the environmental polices of his Conservative rival,
    Tim Hudak, as “absolute insanity.”

    That’s non-partisan?

    In a 2008 speech at McGill University, Suzuki suggested Conservative Prime
    Minister Stephen Harper and Conservative Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, should
    be jailed for “intergenerational” climate crimes.

    Please review the entire story at the Toronto Sun link
    http://www.torontosun.com/2011/07/27/david-suzukis-being-uncharitable

    David Libby
    phone
    address

    • Ha!! Yes, we have had contact with David Suzuki. When we first formed he called us liars and refused to believe a grassroots group had been organized.

      He had a dialogue going with Daniel D’Entremont. Very insulting to that family who had to abandon a home that their family had lived in for 6 generations.

      We have sent many, many letters to him. Simply refuses to answer. Ernest, I certainly urge you to give it a try!

  6. Earnest,

    David Suzuki and his foundation are not as “altruistic” as the many were led to believe.

    http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/03/14/suzukis-fish-story/
    http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/05/31/the-missing-sea-lice/
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/tag/david-suzuki/

    Perhaps CBC can do a Nature of Things episode on the farmed salmon scandal?
    But then again, state TV is not there to inform so much as it is there to guide.

    And to think the Readers Digest even rigged a poll to make us all believe he is the most “trusted” man in Canada.

    It’s a tough fruit cake to crack, but we gotta start somewhere.

  7. Charities are suposed to be apolitical but late years some charities have been getting away with being involved in or with what have become political issues. They should lose their tax exempt status.

    • Suzuki is an influential individual that supports McGuinty’s
      green fantasy of destroying rural Ontario. His personal
      background shows that he has a considerable carbon
      footprint and he has lots of ideas as to how we mere maggots
      should live, revealing the elitist mentality of ‘do as I say, not as
      I do’.

      To quote Glenn Reynold’s – ” I’ll believe it’s a crises when the people
      who say it’s a crises start acting like it’s a crises.”

    • Suzuki does have a reputation — that’s for sure. Is it impeccable?
      http://hro001.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/suzukis-prediction-flounders-on-flaky-sea-lice-tales/

      Hilary had a bit to say about it. She is a good researcher. This bit from the post was clipped in…

      For more than a decade, the David Suzuki Foundation has run an aggressive campaign against farmed salmon. “It’s poison!” David Suzuki told a conference in Toronto. “Phone your local hospitals and find out if farmed salmon is served to patients,” said a brochure from his foundation.

      The Suzuki Foundation distributed a brochure titled Why You Shouldn’t Eat Farmed Salmon. It features David Suzuki’s photo prominently on the front page. Since last February, however, that brochure — along with 20 press releases and Web pages about salmon farming — have been quietly removed from the foundation’s website. Gone.

      A lot of people who have done research for a lot of years are suspicious of his means and motives.

    • Donna Laframboise is another excellent researcher who has had time to examine Suzuki and his claims…

      http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/06/03/david-suzuki-is-a-drama-queen/

      When David Suzuki, Canada’s most prominent environmental activist, looks out on the world he sees nothing but crises. We have a name for people who regard everything as a crisis – we call them drama queens.

      While the rest of us approach challenges with determination, optimism, and faith in ourselves as problem solvers, drama queens see only worst-case scenarios. They exaggerate. They emotionalize.

      If Suzuki had restricted himself to teaching kids about nature that would be one thing. But instead he has spent decades peddling political opinions about how society should be structured. He has advanced philosophical opinions about how everyone should live.

      Year after year, in book after book and newspaper column after column, Suzuki has repeated the same message: Either we follow his personal road map to salvation or all will be lost.

      So far Suzuki’s predictions have been a big fat zero (0).

      He definitely has a reputation.

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