Facts, Not Fear (Fraser Institute $19.95)

With a foreword by Patrick Moore, Facts, Not Fear (Fraser Institute $19.95) has been adapted for Canadian readers by Liv Fredericksen and Laura Jones to defray environmental fears.

Question. “Is Canada running out of trees?” Answer. “No. The amount of wood grown increases every year, and ever year more wood grows than is harvested. Companies consistently stay within the Annual Allowable Cut total, and forest cover has actually increased in southern Ontario from 25 percent to 29 percent since the mid-1960s.”

To comfort children about the disappearance of species from the earth, parents are advised to take their children to the zoo and “ask the zookeeper about its programs to breed endangered animals and reintroduce them to the wild.” As well, Facts, Not Fear encourages parents to read their children the inspirational story of Noah and the Ark.

“Children are rarely told that elephants are thriving in Zimbabwe and nearby countries,” says the text, originally prepared by Michael Sanera and Jane S. Shaw.

This year marks The Fraser Institute’s 25th anniversary as a B.C. publisher. It was formed in response to the election of the NDP provincially in 1972. Its chief architects were T. Patrick Boyle, then Vice-President of Financial Planning at MacMillan Bloedel, and economist Csaba Hajdu, a refugee from the Russian invasion of Hungary. Boyle sought the support of industrialist J.V. Clyne to help raise seed money.

According to a celebratory history, Clyne obtained funding support from Canadian firms for the new “national intellectual enterprise”. The charter of The Fraser Institute, named for the Fraser River, was granted in October of 1974.

As a former colleague of Csaba Hajdu’s at the University of Western Ontario, Michael Walker moved to Vancouver to direct communications and publications with Sally Pipes. Conceived as an apolitical, educational ‘think tank’, The Fraser Institute retains its charitable status for tax deductible donations. 0-88975-194-3