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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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In April of 2015, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that five charities had been informed that the CRA intended to revoke their charitable status. The names of the charities were not given. This announcement was made as part of the annual program update of the Charities Directorate. In total,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Rethink Campaigns
On November 1, 2016, I testified to the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications. For the transcript, click here. For the video, click here. Below, here are the materials that I submitted to the committee: A. About Anti-Pipeline Activism The original strategy paper for The Tar Sands Campaign Examples... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Rethink Campaigns
"We are fully compliant with the Income Tax Act, all CRA guidelines regarding both domestic and international funding." - Ross McMillan, Tides Canada CEO (at 15:15) After taking office in the fall of 2015, one of the early moves of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to have the Canada Revenue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Rethink Campaigns
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Every year since 2010, Tides Canada Foundation has reported in its Canadian tax returns that it does not fund any organizations outside of Canada, except for organizations that are eligible (called "qualified donees" in the terminology of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The question that charities are required to answer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Rethink Campaigns
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In 2015, The Tides Foundation, based in San Francisco, continued to forward money to a team of environmental and First Nations organizations involved in its anti-pipeline Tar Sands Campaign against Alberta oil. By my analysis of the tax return filed by Tides for 2015, Tides paid at least CAN $4... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Rethink Campaigns
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Mr. McMillan, As you know, for over a year I have been writing to inquire about the results of the audit of Tides Canada Foundation by the Canada Revenue Agency. In the absence of a reply from you, I am writing this open letter, as I did several years ago... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Rethink Campaigns
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In light of the background information in the previous post, the following questions are fair: 1) Why did Collette Foundation Canada indirectly fund its sister charities in Pawtucket via Tides Canada in Vancouver and the Tides Foundation in San Francisco? Why didn't Collette Foundation Canada simply fund its sister charities... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Rethink Campaigns
Since Tides Canada had voluntarily disclosed that it was under audit, back in 2012, I wrote to Tides Canada to inquire as to whether or not it is one of the charities that was told by the CRA that its status would be revoked. Below, here are the e-mails and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Rethink Campaigns
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For flow charts that summarize how the Collette charities were funded directly by Collette Travel, and indirectly via the Tides Foundation and Tides Canada Foundation, click here. For excerpts of U.S. tax returns showing US$2.5 million paid to the Collette Charities via the Tides Foundation, click here. Below, here are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Rethink Campaigns
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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