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In the last decade of her life Margaret Laurence turned her talent and passion to the cause of peace and the environment. Many of her efforts were directed through her work at the Energy Probe Research Foundation, where she served with distinction as a director.

To celebrate her accomplishments and carry on her work, our Foundation, with the support of her family, established the Margaret Laurence Fund. Through this fund, grants and scholarships are made to foster an understanding of peace and the environment upon which the fate of this fragile planet rests. Recipients of the grants and scholarships are limited to students, authors, researchers, and publishers, working with the Foundation in collaborative projects approved by the directors.



to the World Information Service on Energy, Amsterdam, towards Twenty Years, Twenty Lives, an illustrated book about the Chernobyl accident. Twenty Years, Twenty Lives will be published in several languages and its release is scheduled to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident in April, 2006.


to Mu Lan to assist his research for the Three Gorges Probe news service, the only independent source of information on the Three Gorges dam and other hydroelectric projects in mainland China.


  • A study undertaken by Environment Probe, Controlling the Environmental Impacts of Farms: A Decentralized Approach
  • The Chinese language websites of Three Gorges Probe.
  • Michael Bengwayan: to document effects of the San Roque Dam in the Philippines
  • Montreal Technoparc Site: Environmental Bureau of Investigation
  • Energy Probe: a series of studies on peace-related issues
  • An informational Canadian tour by Subanen representatives from the Philippines
  • Translation of two reports on energy sector issues into Vietnamese
  • A study of the impact of resettlement for the Three Gorges project
  • Mine Monitoring Manual
  • Two scholarships, plus two internships, for students of Urban Sprawl
  • Towards an Ecosystem Charter for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
  • Damming the Three Gorges: What Dam Builders Don't Want You to Know
    (English editions and Chinese translation)
  • Greenhouse Effect Primer
  • Proteccion Penal de los Derechos Ambientales
  • Green Energy Conference: Transcripts of Keynote Addresses and Workshops
  • Odious Debts: Loose Lending, Corruption, and the Third World's Environmental Legacy (English edition and Thai translation)
  • An Assessment of the Kalabagh Dam Project on the River Indus, Pakistan
  • Report on Secwepemc (Shuswap) Ethnobotany
  • World Rivers Review: Basics Issue
  • The Price of Preservation: An Analysis of Timber Values in the Carmanah Creek Watershed
  • WISE News Communique: Chernobyl Special Edition
  • In The Name of Progress: The Underside of Foreign Aid
  • Earthscan Canada
  • Canada's Forests and the Forestry Industry
  • The Gulliver File: Mines, People and Land–A Global Battleground
  • Whitewash: Exposing the Health and Environmental Dangers of Women's Sanitary Products and disposable Diapers
  • East Timor: Indonesia's Killing Fields
  • Forced Resettlement of Reservoirs in Mainland China
  • Environment on Trial: A Guide to Ontario Environmental Law and Policy
  • Educação Ambiental: Uma Abordagem Pedagógica Dos Temas Da Atualidade
  • The Economic and Environmental Arguments for a Competitive Electricity System
  • The Romanian Energy Situation and Alternative Solutions
  • Water Resource Conflicts in Nepal
  • Yangtze! Yangtze! by Dai Qing
  • The Nuclear Liability Act Challenge: Summaries of Daily Proceedings
  • The Next City
  • Malaysia's Proposed Bakun Hydroelectric Project: An Alternative Feasibility Study
  • The Future of Mass Transit
  • The Boreal Forests of the World II: Abstracts and Proceedings
  • Kids Action Guide: Rainforests Are Amazing
  • Troubled Waters: Sewage Pollution across Canada
  • English and Welsh Rivers: A Common Law Approach to Pollution Prevention
  • The Motherlode: Project Underground Information Response Project
  • Energy Probe Research Foundation's World Wide Web sites
  • Nuclear Power: Between Yes and No
  • WISE News Communique: MOX Fuel
  • The Social and Environmental Impacts of Canadian Mining Operations in Venezuela
  • Canada's Atomic Atlas and Nuclear Map of Canada

  • Patronage Canada

  • Citizen's Guide to Investigating Water Pollution in Canada

  • The Forests of Nitassinan
  • Three Gorges Probe

  • Coping with Floods in Bangladesh

  • Prosecuting Kingston for Polluting theGreat Cataraqui River

  • Undermining the Forests: The Need to Control Transnational Mining Companies

  • What Thai Citizens Should Know about Canada's Nuclear Power Program

  • Thai forest politics

  • Investigation of the Belle Park Landfill Site

  • Environmental impacts of hydro-electric operations in Ontario

  • Urban Renaissance Institute


    Dear Friend:

    Each year, at our autumn board meeting, the Directors turn to what is generally their most welcome occasion of the year decisions involving the Margaret Laurence Fund for Peace and the Environment. At this meeting, the Directors decide to whom to award grants, and how much to award. Unlike other decisions that our Directors make how best to stop the proliferation of nuclear technology, how to prevent millions of farmers in developing nations from being flooded off their lands by hydro mega-projects their deliberations over the Margaret Laurence Fund aren't made with a heavy sense of foreboding. The award of Margaret Laurence Fund grants are uplifting occasions, a time to recognize outstanding work that Margaret would have admired if she was still with us, and a time to make a positive difference.

    The decisions do have a bittersweet quality. The needs are always so much greater than our means our little fund, sustained entirely by concerned Canadians, is not wealthy, and our grants are relatively modest. But our Directors also know that, because the grants go to small organizations that make a little go a long way, the money we provide often has an enormous impact in protecting the earth. When the Directors look back on the many successes that the Fund has had, they know that Margaret would have been proud that her namesake has done so well.

    Last week, the Directors decided upon two grants, totalling $6,000. These grants will further core areas that have long concerned the Foundation.

    $1,000 towards Chernobyl - Twenty Years, Twenty Lives, an illustrated book in several languages, about the Chernobyl accident, to be published at the time of its 20th anniversary in April 2006 by the World Information Service on Energy, Amsterdam. This book will chronicle the lives of survivors, to show what has become of them and bring home lessons that must never be forgotten.

    $5,000 to Mu Lan, an individual doing courageous work in China to expose the abuses associated with the Chinese government's program of building massive hydro-electric dams that displace millions of people. At great risk to himself and those willing to describe their experiences, Mu Lan is documenting the Chinese government's failure to provide the displaced with compensation for their lost land.

    Once again, I must ask you to renew your support, and to consider increasing it if at all possible. The Margaret Laurence Fund had unusually loyal supporters, perhaps the most loyal in Canada, since the Fund was first established in 1988 following Margaret's death. As you can imagine, time is taking its toll on our fund. A number of our original supporters have themselves passed away. Yet our supporters have responded magnificently. We are grateful to those who have remembered us in their wills, and to those who have increased their support, to keep alive the good deeds done in Margaret Laurence's name.

    Thank you for your heartfelt efforts.

    In peace,

    Annetta Turner
    Executive Director

    P.S. We gratefully accept your on-line donation.

    P.P.S. Once again, we encourage gift donations. Should you decide to make a gift donation in someone's name, please send us a note and we will send the person so honoured a card acknowledging the gift, and a tax receipt to yourself.

  • Links - About Margaret Laurence

    The Margaret Laurence Home Neepawa, Manitoba a designated Provincial Heritage Site and Level 2 Museum, is a living memorial to Margaret.

    Northwest Passages Author Profile: Margaret Laurence. Margaret's life began on July 18, 1926 in the prairie town of Neepawa, Manitoba. Born Jean Margaret Wemyss, Laurence suffered the loss of her parents at a very young age.

    Works by Margaret Laurence Film versions of her works, awards and other resource links.

    The Margaret Laurence Society Homepage This web resource is dedicated to the study of Margaret Laurence's life and her writing.

    Trent University Archives Margaret Laurence Collection 1963-1980, 7 items, 1 photograph and 2 audio discs.

    Notable Unitarians Margaret Laurence. An Interview with Biographer James King.

    Links - Probe Family of Sites

    The Canadian Environmental News Network Offers news of direct significance to Canada and Canadians on the environment, international development, urban issues, and consumer affairs.

    Energy Probe A consumer and environment research team, active in the fight against nuclear power, and dedicated to resource conservation, economic efficiency, and effective utility regulation.

    Probe International Exposes the devastating environmental, social, and economic effects of Canada's aid and trade abroad.

    Enviroment Probe Works to expose government policies that harm not only our forests, fisheries, waterways, and other natural resources but also our economy. It is committed to developing and promoting alternative resource policies that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

    Consumer Policy Institute CPI focuses on our social and economic needs while respecting environmental needs. In today's society, with the communications revolution and trade liberalization eroding the power of regional, national, and international authorities, the influence of individuals and their local communities grows.

    Environmental Bureau of Investigation Dedicated to the protection of public resources through the application and enforcement of environmental laws.

    The Margaret Laurence Fund Through this fund, grants and scholarships are made to foster an understanding of peace and the environment upon which the fate of this fragile planet rests.

    Urban Renaissance Institute Urban Renaissance Institute is dedicated to helping cities and their regions flourish by removing the many impediments to their proper functioning.

    Odious Debts If a despotic power incurs a debt not for the needs or in the interest of the State, but to strengthen its despotic regime, to repress the population that fights against it, etc., this debt is odious for the population of all the State.

    Three Gorges Probe Three Gorges Probe is dedicated to covering the scientific, technical, economic, social, and environmental ramifications of completing the Three Gorges Project, as well as the alternatives to the dam.


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    Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2M6

    Phone: (416) 964-9223 ext. 229 Fax: (416) 964-8239
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