NDP MP Linda Duncan with “f##k the police” anarchist Chelsea Flook
Update: This article originally labelled the picture of the person feeding the fire as Chelsea Flook of the Sierra Club. She has written to deny this, apologies for the error. Flook did, however, promote the event. Flook has also mentioned that she has left the Sierra Club as of September 30th, 2013- they really need to fix their process of updating their website. Regardless of this error, Flook has no place as a role model to Canadian youth- it’s an insult to us all that she was.
Unless you’re employed under the sphere of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD, formerly called CIDA), it’s unlikely your’re aware that this is the first day of International Development Week– a promotional activity the ministry describes as “an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!”. This year’s theme is “We are making a difference”; the goal is to showcase international development projects “that made a difference in a developing country or that changed someone’s life for the better”.
For most Canadians, government sanctioned weeks of celebration are a big yawn- or, perhaps an opportunity to get some free swag at a ministry sponsored kiosk. But if you work at an NGO you may see things differently; events like International Development Week offer a opportunity to earn some cold hard cash. In this case, it appears the gravy train flows towards seven regional NGOs.
So, how have the DFATD’s beneficiaries used their grant money to celebrate? The answer may both surprise and disgust you…