The Canadian Environmental Network, a backbone of communications within Canada's environmental movement, has warned its staff they may be laid off next week because of federal funding cuts...
...operational funding is normally obtained annually based on an April-to-March fiscal year, but no funding has been received since April 1, nor is there any assurance it will be provided.
Mike Van Soelen, spokesman for Environment Minister John Baird, said the government is reviewing the CEN's work and considering other methods of staying in touch with the environmental movement.
"We're going to be making decisions shortly on how best to gather the opinion of Canadians on the environment," he said.
"Certainly our government values consultations with Canadians and we are always evaluating how best to reach out to Canadians and learn their views on the environment and we're always evaluating how to use taxpayers' money to improve the environment."
Asked whether the CEN has been performing well in the government's view, he said "our department is looking at the work they've done and our government is going to be making a decision shortly".
Translation- clean out your desk. For a government that claims to be "leading the world", it is strange to see such a concerted, consistent pattern, of undermining established environmental groups. I suppose you could argue that the Network is expendable, given that Minister Baird sees no need to meet with environmental groups, or seek their advice. And we wonder why a sense of partisanship is developing within the environmental community.