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CSC-NS Valley Newsletter
June 2017
Nonprofit Spotlight

Please continue to save the dates of October 3-4, 2017. Registration will open in mid-June.

Important Advocacy Win for Canadian
Social Sector

The federal Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities has made groundbreaking recommendations for legislative and policy reform to enable charities to fully engage in public policy dialogue and development. As Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier noted in the ministry announcement, “The Government of Canada recognizes the vast experience [charities] bring to public debate to the formulation of public policy.

What were the Panel's recommendations?

  • Revise the CRA’s policies to enable charities to fully engage in public policy dialogue and development.

  • Implement changes to how the CRA administers the Income Tax Act, such as compliance, appeals, audits, and communications.

  • Make legislative changes to remove references to political activity from the Income Tax Act.

  • Modernize the legislative framework governing the charitable sector to ensure a focus on charitable purposes, not activities.

In addition, Minister Lebouthillier has asked the CRA to suspend all charity audits.

Pre-election interviews with
three party leaders

We hope you had an opportunity to see our video interviews with the three main party leaders. It was a last minute opportunity and we were really happy to drop everything and make it happen! We look forward to doing it again for the next elections! Are there questions you would ask the party leaders? 

CSC-NS Membership Program

To reinforce its sustainability and accountability, CSC-NS is developing a membership structure. A membership structure will strengthen the voice of the non-profit sector by representing a diverse cross-section of organizations in every region of the province.

Click Here to Become a Member Today

Common Concern: Standing Together as Global Citizens will enable us to reflect on the seismic shift in recent times of the global political landscape - evidenced in the election of a demagogue to the most important political position in the world, volatile referenda and electoral results in Europe, and racist, war-mongering, misogynist and anti-planet discourse, including here in Canada. Together we will explore what role Atlantic Canadians engaged in promoting social justice locally and globally can play in countering these forces that threaten the values of global citizenship - human rights, democratic participation, rule of law, public deliberation based on dialogue and access to accurate information, and environmental sustainability.

Join us for panel discussions, capacity-building workshops and keynote addresses from Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, and Alice Mugisho Musimwa, coordinator of Human Rights Advocates for East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights.

We'll also celebrate an emerging leader in global citizenship, host a silent auction and musical performance Friday evening at the Gala event.


Annapolis Valley HomeSHARE Program Launch


Are you looking for affordable housing?
Do you have extra space in your home?
    Come find out if HomeSHARE is right for you!

Are affordable housing or aging in place issues that concern you?
    Come and learn more!

Please join us on June 12th at 2:00 PM, at the Bridgetown Fire Hall in Bridgetown, NS for the launch of Nova Scotia's first HomeShare program.

You can register on EventBrite for this free event here.

HomeShare programs match people who have an extra room in their home (Home Providers) with people who need an affordable place to live (Home Sharers). They then share the space and expenses. Home Sharers offer help in the home in exchange for an affordable home. HomeShare staff interview both Home Sharers and Home Providers to ensure good matches, support both parties in negotiating their agreement, and provide follow-up.

This program is funded by an Age-Friendly Communities Grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors.

*NEW* Rural Vitality Grants Program
The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to invite Nova Scotia’s rural municipalities and Mi’kmaq bands to be part of a partnership aimed at supporting local efforts that are building a sustainable future for rural Nova Scotia.

The focus of these grants is community building. We are seeking proposals for initiatives that develop connections in rural Nova Scotia and start dialogues that will last beyond 2017. Priority will be given to proposals that highlight inclusion.

Interested? Click HERE to complete an expression of interest.

Keeping up with jobs in the community sector is a big job! Fortunately, there are other people who do this for us.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia, in partnership with, is pleased to offer this employment resource that focuses solely on the nonprofit sector.  We encourage employers to populate with employment opportunities and for employment-seekers to utilize this valuable service.

Click HERE for more.
Canada 150, Truth & Reconciliation and the
Social Sector
This year, the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is being celebrated and commemorated all across Canada. For many, 2017 may mark a possible transitional moment in this country between witnessing the truth of our colonial history and moving toward a new vision for Canada through reconciliation. This article will focus on Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives on Canada's 150th and why these sometimes differing perspectives matter to the nonprofit sector.

HERE for the entire article.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia provides customized services in board governance and strategic planning to non-profit organizations across the province.

Click here for more information
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