We’ve received some bad news yesterday evening that the Federal Government has decided to terminate its funding agreement with the Canadian Environment Network (CEN), which is a major supporter of the Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides-NL.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN), like the all the other provincial environment networks across the country, receives a small core operating grant (~$18,000 annually) to run our part-time office. Yesterday’s decision means that this source of funding for the NLEN will cease. We will of course be calling for a reversal on this decision, while also seeking alternate sources of funding for the fiscal year 2012 and beyond.
The links below are a number of items prepared by the CEN including a press release and a backgrounder on the CEN. If you have connections with the MPs in your ridings and feel that they could lend support to the CEN / NLEN, I encourage you to make contact with them. The sample letter to MPs (also attached) can serve as a starting point.
Some commentary that’s already appeared on this – have a look at the first one in particular: