School of Communication and Culture student Gareth Kirkby's master's research has been featured in The Globe and Mail.
Kirkby interviewed leaders at 16 charities currently under audit for their political activities, offering them anonymity to protect them from possible retribution. About half were environmental groups; the rest were in social services, international development and other areas.
His MA thesis, accepted last month, identified what he called an “advocacy chill.”
“The interview data demonstrates that the government is now, in effect or by design, ‘muffling’ or ‘silencing’ the contribution of charities to public debates by ‘distracting’ them with CRA audits,” his study concludes.