As guest host of “A View from inside Canada” I had the privilege of having Mr. Kay as a guest. His research is a must read for all Canadians.
His latest article is a who’s who of Environmentalism in Alberta. While his article focuses on Alberta, understand this Environmental web exists in every Province and Municipality in Canada.
For those fighting wind farms, be sure to pay attention to connections between govt., and Pembina Institute. Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA, headed Pembina Institute for years.
The wind industry, govt. and funding agencies are all intertwined.
Therefore. if you live in Ont. and you want change, become a candidate for your local council this Oct. To date I have convinced several people to run, but Rural Ont. needs your commitment as well, if we hope to exact any positive change.
Have any questions please feel free to contact me.
The Environmental Movement in Alberta
By William Walter Kay
Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is owned by the Ontario Government. In 2008 OTF gave out $100 million in grants. One OTF objective is to “sustain and promote a greener economy.” At its 25th anniversary (2007) OTF bragged of being the top funder of Ontario ENGOs. Then OTF created its Future Fund (sub-titled: Building Skills for the Green Economy) to disburse an additional $2 million a year toward developing green skills, especially among aboriginals. While OTF’s focus is Ontario, it funds national ENGOs like Nature Conservancy Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, and Canadian Nature Federation. CPAWS, an ENGO highly active in Alberta, received $247,000 from OTF in 2008. (OTF’s master plan is to unite Ontario NGOs, not just ENGOs, into a political force. OTF claims the non-profit sector employs 15% of Ontario’s labour force and has revenues of $47 billion.) (40)