Today's front page of the Canada's National Post newspaper features the headline Tides Have Turned: A left-wing U.S. charity's plan for change in B.C., and a 2-page 3000 word feature story about questions raised over the past year here on CityCaucus.com, and by researcher Vivian Krause.
It is recommended reading for all who follow municipal politics here.
Writer Kevin Libin describes the highly unique mix of American funding that is pouring into our province to support political activism, and the party in power at Vancouver City Hall. Most troubling of all is the questions of whether charitable funding is being used for political purposes.
Charity fraud is a very serious crime, and one that costs Canadian coffers billions. Revenue Canada has recently made it a mission to crack down on this kind of abuse. Even Vision Vancouver board member David Eaves has waxed openly about this subject. He says that Canada is losing $3.2 billion per year through bogus charities.
Having someone like Eaves on their board means that Vision Vancouver should understand that the abuse of funds meant for charity is a big problem. Neither Mayor Robertson, his chief of staff Mike Magee, Joel Solomon or Vision treasurer Martha Burton would respond to multiple requests for interviews by the National Post. However, it should be incumbent upon Robertson to clearly state that neither he nor Vision Vancouver have been funded indirectly by US-based charities.
Despite the lack of cooperation by the Hollyhock mafia, the feature quotes a number of people, including myself, on what appears to be happening with the money behind Vision Vancouver. I used a colourful analogy to help explain what is happening in the case of Endswell Foundation exec/Renewal Parters exec/Interdependent Investments director/Vision treasurer Martha Burton:
"In the case of Martha Burton, the person at the other end with the catcher's mitt is the same person who's giving the money," he says. "It's like a Bugs Bunny cartoon where she throws the pitch and then she's at the other end catching the ball. How does that work?"
All those hours watching Looney Tunes cartoons at least provided me with an amusing analogy.
For more background on this story we recommend the following posts.
- Joel Solomon: the man behind Gregor Robertson
- Joel Solomon's 500-year vision for Vision
- Did Vision Vancouver get $153,783 in campaign funds from a charity?
- North Vancouver mom exposes $US millions for oil sands activism
- Robertson reclines while Magee drives Vision's agenda
- Not about to be bullied by Hollyhock: a journalist's inside look
- The Hollyhock primer
- Robertson's links to powerful foreign funders demands full transparency
- What the heck were Gregor Robertson and Mike Magee doing in New York?
- Top Three Donors in British Columbia gave to Vision Vancouver
- Vancouver City Hollyhock
- Sadhu Johnston, and the United State of 12th & Cambie
- Gregor Robertson & Vision linked to controversial ACORN
- Know Your Donor: Drummond Pike
- Know Your Donor: Convergence Communications Inc.
We look forward to hearing from Gregor Robertson finally on this matter, and to have him clearly state that his party's funding has not come from US charities.
- post by Mike