The Globe and Mail is reporting on yet another long term project that the Canadian International Development Agency has decided to pull the plug on and there are a couple of common elements in this and previous reports. One of those is the vague explanation for the change of heart. More to the point is this:
The rejection came as a surprise to the [Canadian Teachers Federation], which had been collaborating with CIDA on the new proposal for 18 months, said Mary-Lou Donnelly, president of the CTF.
I seem to recall something similar in every story about CIDA deciding to deny funding to a long time partner. It isn't just that the agency is changing its priorities or its "effectiveness criteria" (whatever they are). It's as though the people at CIDA are going out of their way to punish previous recipients of financial support by stringing them along until the last possible moment and then pulling the rug out from under them as abruptly as possible. It's happened too often to be coincidence.