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Published on Mon, 12/16/2013 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Ways you can best choose where your charitable holiday dollars go

Ways you can best choose where your charitable holiday dollars go

Showing your loved ones that you care by making a charitable gift in their name resonates with the true holiday spirit of giving. But with so many options to choose from, where do you start your search for the right charity?

Sorted by sector the Charity 100 provides a helpful overview to get started with charitable gift giving. Choose your sector and find out which charity will spend your money most effectively.

Make sure your charity of choice is registered

A good first step in choosing where to give is a visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website (www.cra.gc.ca). Here, you can check if the organization you’re interested in is registered until the Income Tax Act, meaning it’s a recognized Canadian charity.

Published on Wed, 11/20/2013 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Make calendars more than a stocking stuffer this year

Make calendars more than a stocking stuffer this year

"This is a great way to share your commitment to conservation. Plus, the calendar may provide an inspiration for your next Canadian nature adventure!"

- Crystal Folkins, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Many of us are guilty of the impulsive calendar purchase at the pop-up mall stand over the holidays. And once the purchase is made, it’s often difficult to decide which lucky friend or family member will get to unwrap it this year. While this popular holiday gift has evolved into a rather stale tradition, here are a few ways to integrate thoughtfulness and creativity into this somewhat Plain Jane agenda.

Published on Fri, 11/15/2013 by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

$1.3M raised for kids in need

$1.3M raised for kids in need

Across Canada, more than $1.3 million was raised for Jumpstart to help local kids in need.  Thanks to the dedicated employees of Canadian Tire Corporation, 18,500 kids in Canadian schools will get the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation programming.

Published on Wed, 11/13/2013 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Make this winter season a meaningful one

Make this winter season a meaningful one

Your interest in winter wildlife doesn’t have to end there. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is giving Canadians an opportunity to turn their admiration for animals like the snowy owl into a meaningful gift this holiday season.

As the leaves begin to fall and raindrops become snowflakes, it’s harder – or at least a bit less desirable – to seek outdoor activities and make the most of the winter. This frosty season, get in touch with your inner explorer and try winter birding. Throw on some extra layers (wind and water-proof), find a field guide at your local library or bookstore and head on out.

Published on Fri, 11/08/2013 by Shepell·fgi (E)

Tips for Building Resiliency

Tips for Building Resiliency

Resiliency means having the ability to quickly recover from a crisis. Some individuals have a natural ability to bounce back from challenging situations while others must learn how to become resilient.

Throughout your life, you will be required to face many challenges. With time and practice, you can build and strengthen your resiliency to help you develop a more robust emotional health.

Here are some tips to help you build your resiliency:

Published on Wed, 11/06/2013 by Oxfam Canada

Life Changing Gifts – no Wrapping Required

Life Changing Gifts – no Wrapping Required

It’s that time of year again when many of us start thinking about giving. Oxfam - an international aid agency that works to end global poverty through women’s rights - is asking Canadians to consider give a life-changing gift this holiday season.

For Parawo and the women of Ilchoroi, receiving goats and sheep has meant a better life for themselves, and a better future for their children.  So, why not give a really meaningful gift this year?

How does it work? You visit www.oxfamunwrapped.ca, choose a gift to buy - for example a goat or a set of schoolbooks – you get a card to send to your family, friends, co-workers or clients, and your donation item goes to those who need it most.

Published on Thu, 10/31/2013 by The War Amps

Extraordinary friendship between a child amputee and Second World War Veteran

Extraordinary friendship between a child amputee and Second World War Veteran

Jenna and Bert

Not only is Jenna grateful for Bert’s friendship, but Jenna’s parents are as well because as an amputee, she faces unique challenges.

While most 15-year-olds consider TV personalities and pop stars to be their role models, Jenna Nixon says 88-year-old Bert Steinhoff, a Second World War veteran, is hers. The two have a special friendship that spans more than 11 years. Although it may appear Bert and Jenna should have little in common, they are both leg amputees and members of The War Amps, allowing them to share a unique bond.     

Published on Wed, 10/16/2013 by Ontario Press Council

Star, Globe reporting on Fords appropriate, Ontario Press Council hearing concludes

Star, Globe reporting on Fords appropriate, Ontario Press Council hearing concludes

Panel points to ‘understanding gap’ between readers, media about acceptable regulations governing investigative reporting

“The panel concluded that The Star and the Globe both followed appropriate journalistic guidelines in their reporting on the Fords.”

- George Thomson, Senior Director, National Judicial Institute

TORONTO -- The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail each followed appropriate journalistic guidelines when producing and publishing stories about alleged drug involvement by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Toronto Councilor Doug Ford, the Ontario Press Council has concluded.

Published on Wed, 10/02/2013 by H&R Block

Canadians turn a blind eye to tax cheats

Canadians turn a blind eye to tax cheats

Canadians say they’ll play fair with the tax man, but seem indifferent as to whether their neighbours do the same, according to a recent survey.

“There are serious consequences for filing a tax return you know is wrong. The best way to pay less tax is to make sure you’re using all of your legal options for reducing your tax burden.”

Only 27 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they were likely to notify the Canada Revenue Agency if someone they knew was cheating on their taxes, according to a survey conducted by Leger Marketing for H&R Block Canada.

At the same time, 72 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they would let the CRA know if they had been overpaid on their tax refund.

Published on Mon, 11/19/2012 by The GATE

The GATE challenges media, bloggers to give back this holiday season

The GATE challenges media, bloggers to give back this holiday season

TORONTO (November 16, 2012) - The 2012 edition of The GATE's Holiday Gift Guide series launched today, and as is tradition, The GATE kicked it all off with some suggestions for charities you and your family can support.

This year, The GATE selected Plan Canada as our feature charity, and purchased the motorcycle ambulance gift from their Gifts of Hope program.

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