Examining the “collaborators” named by the Government in the original announcement about the winning bid for the $20 million in Federal funding to “generate, communicate, and mobilize trusted information, policy advice, and best practices for Canadians, governments, and stakeholders,” is an interesting exercise. Eight of the names on the list can be directly connected to eight universities.
As one would expect those eight claiming research capabilities on the “Environment and Climate Change” issue, have, in the past, demonstrated support for the narrative of the Federal Government and its “climate emergency”. No “climate change” deniers, were or are, discernable in any of the 21 names in the collaboration meaning the message emanating from the research, will confirm, what the former Minister, Catherine McKenna of Environment and Climate Change has repeated time and time again as she reiterated at a bar in Newfoundland: “But you know, I actually gave them some real advice. I said that if you actually say it louder, we’ve learned in the House of Commons, if you repeat it, if you say it louder, if that is your talking point, people will totally believe it,” claims McKenna.”
The Universities on the list connected to the collaborators in no particular order are: Carleton, Winnipeg, Victoria, Memorial, Waterloo, McGill, Calgary and Simon Fraser. The collaborators linked to the various universities managed to get six provinces represented.
Efforts to determine the monies dedicated to the university connected “collaborators” is elusive. The best that could be determined (it lacks specifics) was by examining the various universities charitable foundations etc. on the CRA’s Charities filings. It seems surprising that universities are classified as “charities” but they are in most cases. Certain of the university charities/foundations are specific in nature (eg: religious or gender based) but the bulk are general. Here is what the CRA tells us in respect to the various general filings for the 2018 year.
Gross revenue for the eight universities charitable foundations: $6,850.6 million
Total revenue from Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments was: $3,310.0 million
Percentage of gross revenue – 48.3%
Total charitable receipts issued by all eight universities was: $139.2 million
Percentage of gross revenue – 2.1%
Total revenue received from other charitable institutions* was: $144.3 million
Percentage of gross revenue – 2.1%
Total amount claimed by the universities as “charitable activities” was: $5,709.2 million
Percentage of gross revenue – 83.3%
The last one is the real shocker suggesting these eight (8) universities somehow handed out the equivalent of $170.00 in 2018 to every man, women and child in Canada. It appears those professorial salaries/compensation (about 60% of annual revenue) are somehow considered charitable?
The CRA Charities filing appears to require each and every charity to complete, Form T1236 “Qualified donees worksheet” listing the individual donations made. Only four (4) of the universities out of the eight (8) above completed the form and those four claimed they had only 63 donees who received $9,065,300.00 which is about .27 of 1% of the total amount claimed as “charitable activities”!
There is no problem with Universities being tax-free institutions, however, claiming they engage in charitable activities to the extent reported seems to fly in the face of transparency particularly when governments use them to sermonize the general population with our tax dollars.
Is it perhaps time for the CRA to require our schools of upper learning to report facts rather than myths!
*Other collaborators such as the Ivey Foundation, Trottier Family Foundation and other members of the Bruce Lourie creation; Environment Funders Canada are major contributors to several of the universities connected with the collaborators and are specific on the intended recipient(s) of their grant(s).