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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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Materials Submitted: How Corporate Ethics Rewrote its Web-site $267 Million from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Overview (Power Point Deck, 15 pages) Spreadsheets (43 pages) Pages of U.S. tax returns showing payments for $267 million (310 pages) When it becomes available, a link to the Hansard transcript will be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Rethink Campaigns
As I tweeted in early November and as I told the Edmonton Journal in December, I believed that Rachel Notley had what it would take to lead Canada into the global oil market. I meant what I said. But now, sad to say, it is now clear to me now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Rethink Campaigns
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Given the economic significance of the Alberta oil industry to all of Canada, the credibility and impartiality of the Alberta Energy Regulator is important. Recently, the Alberta Energy Regulator appointed a new director: Ed Whittingham. For his bio as posted at the AER's web-site, click here. Not mentioned in Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Rethink Campaigns
On Sunday, January 20, CBC's The Weekly aired an extensive report on the American funding that has been fuelling pipeline controversy and gridlock in Canada for more than a decade. This activist campaign is called The Tar Sands Campaign and it is a multi-million dollar effort to stop the construction... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Rethink Campaigns
Tides Canada: $72.8 million Great Bear Initiative: $21.7 million Pew Charitable Trusts: US$ 13 million (Total grants to Pew: $16.7 million) World Wildlife Fund Canada: US$ 10 million Living Oceans Society: US$ 7.2 million Vancouver Aquarium: US$ 6.7 million Pacific Salmon Foundation: US$ 6.4 million Round River Conservation Studies: US$... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Rethink Campaigns
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"Raise the negatives" by generating "a high negative media profile" about Canadian oil is one of the goals of The Tar Sands Campaign, as outlined in its original strategy paper (see page 4). Below is a list of 50 reports that have been produced and publicized by organizations that are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Rethink Campaigns
For a draft of the original strategy for The Tar Sands Campaign, click here. For more from CorporateEthics, one of the organizers of The Tar Sands Campaign, click here. To see pages of U.S. tax returns showing more than 400 payments to more than 100 groups involved in The Tar... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Rethink Campaigns
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Mr. Bromley, RE: Tax-receipted donations for $600 Million According to your web-site, you have created 650 charities and executed >$2 billion worth of charitable giving. Because of the substantial tax relief associated with TWO BILLION DOLLARS in charitable giving, I believe that your work is a matter of public interest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
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Disclaimer: This blog offers the author's opinions and the analyses on which they are based. As I've said before, questions need to be asked about the oversight of registered charities by the Charities Directorate at the Canada Revenue Agency. Initially, I came to this conclusion because of how the Charities... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
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Blake Bromley, a Vancouver-based lawyer, claims to have registered more than 650 charities and executed more than $2 billion worth of charitable giving. Mr. Bromley refers to himself as "one of the world's foremost experts in charity law, and the recognized pioneer of charitable law and gifting in Canada." Of... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
Dr. David Turpin, President & Vice-Chancellor University of Alberta Dr. Turpin, I am writing to share my opinions and the reasons why I believe that it is wrong for the University of Alberta to award an Honorary Doctorate to David Suzuki. Many Canadians from the oil and gas industry have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
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Much to my surprise, it is time to ask questions of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with regards to its handling of the audits of political activity of registered charities, and more broadly, about its oversight of the Charities Directorate in general. Back in 2012, the CRA began a series... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
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For excerpts of the full report, click here: The Tar Sands Campaign Against Overseas Exports of Canadian Oil: Activism or Economic Sabotage? On the basis of the evidence presented in this report, it is clear that The Northern Gateway pipeline and other proposed pipelines for the overseas export of oil... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
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For my complete report (99 pages) click here: Election Activism: Who Is The Dogwood Initiative & Who Funds It? The Dogwood Initiative is a non-profit organization that campaigns against coal and also plays a lead role in the anti-pipeline, Tar Sands Campaign. Created by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Tides... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
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Leadnow is a Vancouver-based, non-profit society that was created in 2010 with the goal of bringing to Canada a model of on-line, political campaigning and movement organizing that began in the U.S. behind President Barack Obama. During Canada’s 2015 federal election, Leadnow ran a strategic voting initiative called Vote Together.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
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Here is the letter that I sent to Canada Elections on Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Letter to Canada Elections Fair Questions For Leadnow - This was sent to Leadnow on October 17, 2016. No reply. Noting that a potentially important piece of information that I had submitted to Canada Elections... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Rethink Campaigns
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As readers of this blog are aware, the Vancouver Observer/National Observer published a series of articles alleging that the writer of this blog, Vivian Krause, is or was part of a "planned attack" against environmental against charities. In essence, the VO/NO painted me, Vivian Krause, as a stooge of the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Rethink Campaigns
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PHOTO: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opening the Actua Centre in Kitchener Waterloo, a project funded by Google, via The Tides Foundation. January 14, 2016. If Tides Canada Foundation were to lose its charitable status in Canada, this would trigger a domino effect that would cause problems with the Internal Revenue... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Rethink Campaigns
Here's a list of 40 charities whose charitable status was revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency for providing an undue benefit to a person involved with the charity: International Human Relief Organization Society Reine de la Paix Humane Society of Canada for the Protection of Animals & the Environment Ministerial... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Rethink Campaigns
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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