One wonders where all this dosh is coming from for all those additional salaries, oh, wait ...
That would be Ezra's in-house registered charity, The Democracy Fund, conveniently including as part of its mandate (you guessed it) subsidizing "on-the-job skills training" for journalists. Man, talk about luck -- possibly being able to pay new hires with what you collected through a registered charity and being able to hand out tax receipts for it.
Note well, though, that TDF's mandate specifically restricts its (tax-deductible) largesse to "post-secondary journalism students," so if they're funding the typical inept, talentless yobs currently employed at Rebel who are not post-secondary journo students, that would seem to be at least a wee bit problematic.
Perhaps someone should be looking into this.
AND THIS IS WEIRD: A couple days ago, an anonymous tipster dropped me a link to a cache of docs related to TDF here. I'm still not sure what to make of some of that, but it sure looks like it deserves a second look, particularly TDF's having apparently simply taken over and re-labelled an existing charity, then re-purposing it completely while retaining CRA charitable status.
If that's legal, it would seem to represent a pretty massive loophole in CRA charity regulations, no?