TO THE SOURCE ON KAIROS
What many people realize on their own, I learned in university: it's more useful to go to primary sources than to rely on second-hand material to determine what's closest to the truth (at least for the protagonists in any situation). It's more illuminating, for example, to read Napoleon's letters to the Directorate than to read others' accounts of his Italian campaigns. Problem is, busy lives don't always offer that luxury. (I do see the irony in that, as a journalist, I get to go directly to primary sources for a living, while those who read my work are reading second-hand accounts. In my defence, I always give as much context as space allows and, increasingly, we use our website to offer first-hand information - whether minutes of meetings, international reports, transcripts, video or links to primary sources - to accompany our stories.
In that vein, I offer a copy of the speech Jason Kenny made last week in Jerusalem in which he explained why KAIROS lost funding. It's worth a read because it gives the full context of the immigration/multiculturalism minister's speech, including other examples he cites. (It's taken from Conservative MP Rick Dykstra's website.)
Here is my colleague Les Whittington's story on the reaction from KAIROS.
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My question is not original: Why didn't CIDA - or more appropriately Minister Kenny - tell Canadians the real reason funding was being cut for KAIROS? Instead, International Development Minister Bev Oda blamed CIDA's "shifting priorities."
Surely a decision apparently taken on priniciple doesn't require flimflammery. It rather debases the point, don't you think?