After DJ!'s involvement in the rescinding of a grant of public funds to a crisis pregnancy centre, aka fake clinic
, we've been asked how to go about it.
First thing to know -- it's not difficult.
Second thing -- the ferreting part is tedious.
Third thing -- it's immensely gratifying. And FUN!
While we at DJ! despise crisis pregnancy centres, we don't deny their right to exist. What we do want to deny is access to public funds.
We chose Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)
, which distributes gaming proceeds to Ontario communities and groups, because it is a huge granting organization. We're not aware of other public
granting bodies in Ontario. There may be some in other parts of Canada.
So, gaming/lottery-related organizations seem a good place to start.
Outside of Ontario, there seems to be two main lottery gangs: Western Canada Lottery Corporation
and Atlantic Lottery Corporation
. Atlantic Lottery Corporation seems to fund only events, but that may bear more investigation.
(I'm leaving Quebec out, because it's highly unlikely any similar granting body there would have any truck with forced birthers.)
Provinces seem to run their own grant programs with different criteria. British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitoba
Kathy Dawson, @blueskies366
, did a little investigation in Alberta and found this
So, in Alberta at least, pubic money is
going to the lying liars at crisis pregnancy centres.
In Nova Scotia, all proceeds seem to go to "problem gambling." But again, this needs more looking into.
Here's the tedious part. Get into the databases. It's public money -- they have to account for it, if not for their fucked-up justifications.
Nose around. Key words: crisis pregnancy centres, pregnancy centres, pregnancy resource centres, pregnancy options, choices, alternatives, life.
Crisis pregnancy centres have become so notorious for lying and manipulation, they're rebranding
themselves, using other words in their titles.
A very large nation-wide franchise (?) is called Birthright.
Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada has done a lot of work on fake clinics. For example, here's a PDF on "Exposing Crisis Pregnancy Centres in British Columbia"
. Visit ARCC's website
for more help.
The granting organizations make a big deal out of getting credit for their largesse. Searching local newspapers and media outlets for the name of the foundation might be useful.
Similarly, the grantees must acknowledge funding. So check their websites. Also check local news -- they like to brag when they've scored public money. (Although that might change [*snerk*].)
If you find something, write to the granting gang to ask their rationale for the award.
DJ! blogged and tweeted about our discovery at this point. We don't do Facebook, but some pals posted the story there too. Public organizations are getting more and more sensitive about their social media presence.
If you don't blog, DJ! will help.
We were lucky or blessed with an unusually responsible granting foundation. Our story stops here. OTF replied (see top link) and rescinded the problem grant.
Your mileage. . .
What follows is speculation, not experience.
Local media generally like stories about unresponsive bureaucracies. They also love a whiff of impropriety in public funding.
Women's organizations probably have connections and networks to help put pressure on the foundation or to solicit media attention.
In short, get out the activist toolbox and rummage around.
Again, DJ! would be pleased to help.
It's estimated that there are about 200 fake clinics in Canada. Let's make their lives a little more difficult, shall we?