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Canada’s Mormon Church Moved $1 Billion Tax-Free Out of Country — It’s Legal
Part of Nigel Kennett’s job as a CPA is financial auditing.
While reading a book about a religious group, an Edmonton resident decided to use the Canada Revenue Agency website to find out the financial status of his church.
He entered “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” into the search box and checked the first hit.
“I fell to the floor,” he said.
That year alone, he learned on a website that the Church of the Latter-day Saints had transferred about $100 million to Brigham Young University in the United States. Most of that money came from tithing. That means about 200,000 Canadian Mormons like Kennett and his wife donate his 10% of their gross annual income to the church each year.
In fact, in the past 15 years, the Church of Latter-day Saints in Canada has moved more than $1 billion across borders to Brigham Young University in the United States. According to a CBC study, Fifth Estate I found.
If churchgoers like Kennett were surprised to see how their donated money was spent, Canadian taxpayers might be similarly surprised. When, Fifth Estatethe church’s tax exempt status meant the move could have cost Canada’s national coffers as much as $280 million.
It is perfectly legal for churches to send money to BYU.
According to tax experts consulted, Fifth Estatemoney remitted to BYU costs other Canadian taxpayers between 16 and 28 cents per dollar donated.
A Church spokesperson said, “The tax provisions administered by the Canada Revenue Agency are legal and well-known.” Fifth Estate.
in response to Fifth Estatethe CRA said organizations that choose to register as charitable organizations must follow a specific set of rules set forth in the Income Tax Act.
“The Canada Revenue Agency ensures that only eligible organizations are eligible for registration and that charities devote all of their resources to charitable causes. Only if they are found to be spending on activities, and if they meet the requirements of the Income Tax Act, they may have their registration revoked,” said a CRA official. Read the full text here.
65-year-old Myhaylo Yurkiv climbs out of the small bunker where he stayed for six months during the fierce fighting that destroyed all the houses in Tupivka village in eastern Ukraine. The village was split in two by the bombardment of the bridge, and only Yurkiv lived on his side of the village.
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Scott Gillingham will become Winnipeg’s next mayor after a fierce competition that kept him and his closest rivals neck and neck until the final votes were counted. In all polls reported just before 10pm, Gillingham received 27.54 percent of the votes cast. The second-place candidate, former Winnipeg Mayor Glenn Murray, won 25.29% of his share. Gillingham, a former city councilor, won Wednesday night by a margin of 4,391 votes. “What a night,” Gillingham said, applauding as he came out to address supporters at the Clarion Hotel. Learn more about.
Canada’s private spy service classifies indigenous land-rights activists who block trains as a “terrorist threat” to national security, alongside al-Qaeda, ISIS and others, according to declassified documents. Evaluated whether there is a need. However, the Canadian Security Intelligence Agency (CSIS) ultimately confirmed the charges after a secret internal investigation into findings shared with government officials during an unclassified counter-terrorism briefing in March 2021. I decided not to. CSIS reached this conclusion through an analysis of Canadian criminal law. Under this criminal code, to be considered terrorism, interference with or disruption of essential services must result in death or injury through violence, or pose a serious risk to public health and safety. is needed. “Unsophisticated Acts of Unlawful Interference [like blockades] The Integrated Terrorism Assessment Center said in a report released through the Access to Information Act. Read more about this story here.
Tozheg Roshankar, a landlord seeking to evict a tenant who allegedly used fraudulent paperwork to rent out a Mississauga, Ontario unit she owns, said the date of the hearing at the Ontario landlord and tenant was 100%. Say you were told how long to wait to receive a notification. Board he is 8 to 10 months old. “So I have $2,500 in debt each month,” said Roshankar, who previously relied on rent to cover his expenses but now uses a line of credit to pay the mortgage on his two-unit home. Advocates for some landlords and tenants say the situation in Roshankar is not uncommon, and they have been forced to deal with delays that have lasted two years since the temporary moratorium on eviction hearings ended. , says more needs to be done.The moratorium on hearings, which lasted from March to August 2020, was put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full text here.
Brenda Diedericks is among dozens of people trapped in a British Columbia valley after a landslide blocked Highway 99, about 40 kilometers southwest of Lillooet, British Columbia, on November 15, 2021. I was alone. When a second landslide hit the area, five people died, among them her 36-year-old son, Brett Diedericks, who has yet to be found. Brenda Diederichs said she was upset to learn that the deadly landslide she survived may have been preventable. Engineers and hydrologists say the root cause of the landslide was the lack of enforcement of land management regulations. This is a legacy of historic logging that left unstable land with dangerous drainage over the highway. And this tragedy points to a much bigger land management problem with nearly 1.5 million kilometers of logging, mining and oil exploration. Or the so-called resource road that meanders across Canada. That’s enough roads to circle the earth 37 times. You can read more about this story here.
Good news for the start of Thursday. The retired London, Ontario firefighter recently entered the competition and won the crown of world champion in his division after doing some grueling events in Utah. Steve Baker, dressed in a firefighting uniform, completed the grueling challenge of 5 tasks in 2 minutes and 1 second, and he won the individual category for men aged 60 to 64. “It’s a real commitment to get in shape to complete the whole challenge and be able to get back up and off the course on your own at the end,” Baker, 60, told CBC. , who likes to be healthy at his age and hopes to be able to inspire young firefighters. I want them to see me do it and think, ‘Oh, I think I can do that too,'” he said.
Opinion: Alberta’s newly formed UCP cabinet should lead Smith to keep things out of trouble
In Britain, he has outlived the reign of Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss. Alberta Premier Daniel Smith will have to do a lot of work at home and abroad or face the grocery store, he writes Ken Boessenkool, read his column here.
First Person: When I needed my late mother the most, I found an old letter from her.but they were swedish
After Antonia Reed’s mother died, she found that she could still hear her mother’s voice from old letters. However, her letter was written in Reed’s native language, Swedish, which she no longer understood. Read her column here.
Front Burners: Haitians Face a Growing Crisis
After three years of no cholera outbreaks, cholera has spread to Haiti’s poorest areas as residents struggle to get clean water.
At the same time, nearly 5 million Haitians face severe hunger.
Gangs have occupied much of the Haiti capital and important fuel terminals, and the country remains politically unstable after the assassination of the president last July.
It is these compounding crises that have led the unpopular current administration to call for international intervention from the United States, Canada and the United Nations, a controversial move in a country with a long history of foreign interference. It’s movement.
In today’s Front Burner, independent Haitian journalist Harold Isaac explains how citizens are enduring yet another desperate situation and why they’re starting to feel like they’re on their own. .
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Today in History: October 27th
1938: DuPont has announced that it has named its new synthetic yarn “Nylon”.
1978: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress towards a Middle East deal.
1997: Ontario school teachers begin a two-week strike over the state’s plans to reform its education system.
2001: Saskatchewan Roughriders kicker Paul McCallum set a CFL record with a 62-yard field goal against a visiting Edmonton team.