Gregor the Greenest: promoting Vancouver or Robertson himself?
@FairQuestions Vivian Krause has made yet another fascinating discovery in her ongoing research of US charities pouring money into Canada for a variety of political causes. It turns out that one Seattle-based organization, the Bullitt Foundation, is providing goodly sums of cash that may have gone to a City of Vancouver initiative – to become the world's greenest city – by giving it to Tides Canada. Krause asks a good question: where did that money wind up?
In 2010, the Bullitt Foundation, based in Seattle, paid Tides USA/Tides Canada $50,000 "for expenses associated with the establishment of a fund to enable Vancouver, BC to realize its vision of becoming the greenest city in the world."
The goal to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world is the vision of Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver.
In 2010, the Bullitt Foundation paid Tides USA/Tides Canada $30,000 "To advance progressive environmental policies and achieve greater influence and effectiveness with citizens and decision makers in British Columbia." How were those funds used?
The Bullitt Foundation also paid $30,000 to Tides USA for the Dogwood Initiative "To strengthen and enforce a 34-year moratorium on oil tanker traffic in the mid and north coast of British Columbia, and to prevent expansion of oil and gas infrastructure in Georgia Strait and the lower Fraser Basin."
The Bullitt Foundation also paid $30,000 "To expand an outreach campaign to mobilize urban voters for a federal ban on coastal tankers." Shortly after I testified to a House of Commons Standing Committee, mentioning this grant, the Bullitt Foundation simply re-wrote the grant. (See a previous post on the matter of these groups re-writing grants after receiving public attention.)
Read previous CityCaucus.com posts on the questionable outcomes and cost of Gregor's Greenest City initiative.
- Talk Gregor to Us
- Greenest City team taking credit for work they didn't do
- Mayor Roberton's Green Dream is Just That