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Vivian Krause
Vancouver, B.C. CANADA
Vancouver researcher & writer. I work from my dining room table, using Google on my own nickel. Not part of any political party, any industry, or any campaign.
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Back in 2010, an outfit called Corporate Ethics International began an international campaign against Alberta oil with the catchy tag-line, "RETHINK ALBERTA." In hindsight, it is apparent now that this was the first move in a massive campaign that would befuddle one of our country's most important industries and strain... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Rethink Campaigns
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April 10, 2015, The Vancouver Observer wrongly reported that Vivian Krause, who writes this blog, was part of a planned attack on environmental charities involving suspended senator Mike Duffy, now in court on criminal charges, and Ezra Levant, a former broadcaster with Sun News. This is entirely untrue. Within days,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Rethink Campaigns
April 10, 2015 - The Vancouver Observer wrongly reported that Vivian Krause, who writes this blog, was part of a planned attack on environmental charities involving suspended senator Mike Duffy, now in court on criminal charges, and Ezra Levant, a former broadcaster with Sun News. Within days, The Vancouver Observer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Rethink Campaigns
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Below, here are excerpts of the U.S. tax returns of the Tides Foundation and Tides Canada Foundation showing more than 200 payments to environmental and First Nations groups as part of the Tar Sands Campaign. The total amount of funding represented by the payments shown below, is roughly $US-25 million... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Rethink Campaigns
As readers of this blog will know, this blog raises fair questions about the funding of environmental activism. My goal is to raise fair questions and to do so in a fair way. Since I ask about the funding of others, it seems only fair that I answer questions about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Rethink Campaigns
Click on the following links for the Endswell Foundation's U.S. tax returns: 1992/1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010: Not available 2011 2012 Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Rethink Campaigns
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In 2009, I wrote a series of letters to Alexandra Morton and her fellow sea lice researchers. The point of my letters was to appeal to them to please clarify that contrary to their claims, their research does not show that sea lice originating from salmon farms cause high levels... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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For years, the David Suzuki Foundation, Alexandra Morton and other environmental groups made dire claims that sea lice from salmon farms put wild salmon at risk of extinction. "Sea lice have commonly killed over 80 per cent of the annual pink salmon returns," warned the David Suzuki Foundation, adding "...... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
Dear friends, Its time to say thank you and bye for now... When I started this blog in the fall of 2009, it was a message in a bottle. A lot has happened since then and none of it would have come about without those of you who chimed in.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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Excerpts from Tides Canada's Consolidated Financial Statements: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 For Tides Canada's complete consolidated financial statements which are provided by Tides Canada at its web-site, click here. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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“Vivian deserves a lot of credit for shining light on this issue.” - Bill Good "Ten, twenty years ago, these environmental organizations were fairly simple in their structure and they positioned themselves as such. They are still positioning themselves as such and that is not true anymore. They are complex... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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Canadians care about the environment so it is to be expected that the environmental movement in Canada is strong. Environmental activism, however, isn’t what it used to be. The new factor is money, hundreds of millions of dollars from billion dollar American foundations. In February, for example, the William and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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To read the whole thing for yourself, please click here. (8.5 MB) Below, here are some excerpts from the original 48 page document: Note that above, among the environmental organizations listed as part of the Rockefeller Brothers Tar Sands campaign are Greenpeace, Forest Ethics, WWF, the Sierra Club, the Indigenous... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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Rainforest Solutions is a project of Tides Canada involving Forest Ethics, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. Since 2000, the Hewlett Foundation and the Packard Foundation alone have granted $5.4 million for this project, as shown below. Some of the grants for this project were large, such as the $1.1 million... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
From The Financial Post: One of the big American charitable funders of environmental campaigns in Canada and the U.S., the Oak Foundation, has rewritten the publicly stated purpose of several grants to Canadian environmental groups. Three days after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s March 29 budget announced a review of political... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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Click here for Brent Bambury's interview with Tzeporah Berman, David Suzuki & me (Vivian). Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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Published in The Financial Post: More than any other initiative in the 2012 federal budget, the one that struck a chord with Canadians is $8-million for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to require greater transparency from non-profits with regard to their political activity and foreign funding. An Angus Reid poll... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
In CBC's debate as part of the 2011 mayoral election campaign, Gregor Robertson was asked to state his position on the Kinder-Morgan pipeline that would triple the amount of oil shipping through Burrard Inlet. Mayor Gregor Robertson replied: "I do have huge concerns with cranking up the volume of oil... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
As I have been going through lists of grants made by Canadian charitable foundations, I noticed some absolutely huge grants which, I'm guessing, were probably never made. Instead, the huge numbers are probably a by-product of the fact that Revenue Canada's database for non-profit organizations is based on manually entered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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Back in November of 2010, the Oak Foundation granted $97,131 to the West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation to enact a legislative tanker ban on the north coast of B.C. The grant was for two years in duration, to be completed in October of 2012. At some point between April... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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Since 2005, the Oak Foundation has granted at least $16 million for environmental campaigns affectecting Canada. The Oak Foundation has made at least eight grants specifically to tackle the Alberta oil industry, the Northern Gateway pipeline and the Canadian energy sector as a whole. The Oak Foundation has also made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
Since 2005, the U.S.-based Oak Foundation has made at least eight grants for $3 million for projects that are clearly intended to tackle the Canadian oil industry and/or stop the development of the Northern Gateway project. Four of these grants went to Tides Canada, two went to Greenpeace, one went... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
Since 2005, the Oak Foundation has made four grants to Tides Canada for nearly $US900,000. The Oak Foundation has offices in Europe, Africa and the U.S. The foundation files U.S. tax returns. The Oak Foundation specifically funded Tides Canada to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The Oak... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
During 2009 and 2010, the Oak Foundation granted $6 million for the Global Campaign for Climate Action, based here in Canada. Who ultimately got the money? And how was it spent? $2.5 million in 2009. This grant specified that the $2.5 million was "To mobilise civil society and public opinion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns
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By its own admission, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been using Tides Canada as a vehicle through which to receive charitable donations because PETA itself doesn't qualify for charitable status. "Head up, Canadian!" wrote PETA at its web-site, adding, "For your retirement account, and donations and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Rethink Campaigns