Ontario “charities”: giving to other “charities”

Rick Smith's 2009 book; next, The Slow Death of the Ontario Taxpayer?
Rick Smith’s 2009 book; next, The Slow Death of the Ontario Taxpayer?

What we should know about Liberal government-created charities

My previous article on Green Energy subsidies focused on those that grew directly out of the Ontario Ministry of Energy but in the quest to find further information on how the taxpayers are involved (beyond the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit) I was led to Liberal government-created charities.

This is just one of those that we taxpayers should question as to its purpose in life.   The first annual report of Friends of the Greenbelt contained the following message: 

“The physical area of the Greenbelt is enormous and the challenges inherent in pursuing our mission are significant. As such, we need to concentrate our resources over a short time period in order to achieve our ambitious goals and we intend to gift the $25 million endowment over a period of five years.”

Details follow on the success of gifting:

Why has the Ontario Liberal Government created charities focused on anthropogenic global warming or AGW?  One example isthe aforementioned “Friends of the Greenbelt” (FOG), created in 2005, funded almost entirely by the Ministry of the Environment and, now, Climate ChangeDalton McGuinty‘s 2003 Speech from the Throne included the following:  “It will keep its commitment to introduce legislation that will establish a permanent greenbelt across the Golden Horseshoe, and a new commission to protect it.”

Why has FOG used the $45 million in taxpayer dollars to hand out money to the likes of other charities such as: Environmental Defence (5),NB: David Suzuki Foundation (3), Sierra Club (5), Toronto Environmental Alliance (5),  Pembina, Tides, etc.

NB:  Brackets ( ) indicate the number of grants those charities received.  Also one should note Rick Smith, formerly Executive Director of Environmental Defence, is a Board Member of FOG.

Why has FOG doled out tax dollars to the likes of Ecojustice (2), University of Toronto (2), TV Ontario, Corporate Knights, OSEA and another charity that the Liberal Party have supplied with over $150 million of tax dollars as grants and recently bailed out at a cost of $300 million?  I am referring of course to the MaRS Discovery District.

Why does FOG even have “charity” status, having raised only $5,779 in charitable donations in their last reported year-end of March 31, 2014?

Why did FOG’s staff compensation in 2014 ($1.1 million) exceed annual grants ($1 million) and represent over 50% of their expenses?

I am sure the likes of Environmental Defence, David Suzuki Foundation, the Sierra Club, and the others loved the fact that fund raising was made so much easier by having an entity focused on doling out $25 million of taxpayers’ money, and to see it replaced with another $20 million as soon as the first “endowment” was gone.

©Parker Gallant

February 12, 2015

Comments

Bob Lyman
Reply

Parker, Thank you as always for writing an article that brings attention to this use of taxpayer funds to indirectly support environmental organizations, many of which have political and economic objectives that go far beyond improving the environment. The ones you have identified here receive virtually no attention from what should be a skeptical media and academics.In this lack of scrutiny lies a whole other story. It would take a very long time indeed to catalogue all of the federal, provincial and municipal programs that directly and indirectly support environmentalist causes that arguably harm Canadians; carrying out such research might even be impossible given the limited transparency of funding programs listed in the public accounts. Good for you for having the courage to shine light where others prefer that the public not know.

[…] Ontario Charities give to other Charities©Parker Gallant at WCO. The first annual report of Friends of the Greenbelt contained the following message: “The physical area of the Greenbelt is enormous and the challenges inherent in pursuing our mission are significant. As such, we need to concentrate our resources over a short time period in order to achieve our ambitious goals and we intend to gift the $25 million endowment over a period of five years.” […]

Cathy Bowslaugh
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Thank you for exposing this. This kind of sneaky crap needs to be all over the news. I for one, do not want my tax dollars going to places like Tides or David Suzuki Foundation. Why is the government in the business of creating charities anyways? They are supposed to be running this province, but instead seem intent on lining their and their friends pockets!

Millennium Outlaw
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The idea of charities giving to other charities isn’t new in and of itself; groups such as Lions Clubs International have been raising funds for groups such as CNIB and Dog Guides Canada for years.The Liberal Party of Ontario is in all likelihood using groups such as Lions Clubs as internal justification.

The problem with the Liberal Party of Ontario is that they miss one key aspect of it; Lions Clubs receive no government funding whatsoever. People donate time and money willingly; they aren’t forced to. But that’s what makes the McGuinty/Wynne brigade who and what they are; their ideas are so good they would never sell themselves so they must beat them into the budget!

Barbara
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Those who rent or lease their house rooftops for solar can have construction liens placed on their property if contractors don’t get paid.

It’s the same as the IWT situation. These are on your property.

Barbara
Reply

Sorry, my comments about liens should have been posted in the Liens article above.

Quite a bit of information on foundations giving to other foundations has been posted at OWR.

Gary
Reply

It wasn’t a mistake Barbara,,,,

you are shilling for OWR…that has become redundant

perhaps your hundreds of useless comments on OWR is the reason people left

Barbara
Reply

Gary,

All of this information fits together but you don’t know how.

I can look at names, companies, organizations and know where they fit into this situation.

Yvonne
Reply

Thank you Barbara, I regularly look forward to your comments on WCO articles, You have knowledge and common sense, that I appreciate.

Barbara
Reply

Thanks and I appreciate all of the comments that people post here and and at OWR.

Yvonne
Reply

I have read some of the guys with their arrogant and rude remarks for months, and could not let another one pass, without saying something.

Patti Kellar
Reply

‘shilling for OWR’….and I thought I had heard everything. LOL!
Anyway, just wanted to add to Yvonne’s comments. Your information has been incredibly valuable and much appreciated by anyone who is actually interested in how tied together government and industry really is. Thank you for all that you do.

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