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reeves report: Can Elizabeth May Unmuzzle Canada’s Scientists?

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May.

The success rate of private member’s bills in the federal parliament is abysmal. In the 100-plus years since 1910, Ottawa has passed just 271 of them. For comparison, more than 1,600 PMB’s were tabled between 1997 and 2015, and the rate at which they’re being drawn . . . → Read More: reeves report: Can Elizabeth May Unmuzzle Canada’s Scientists?

Bill Longstaff: On the good news front—Experimental Lakes Area is open for business

Of all the victims of the federal government’s suppression of science, the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) was perhaps the most important. The ELA, comprised of 58 freshwater lakes along with accommodation and laboratories, is a unique Canadian scientific research facility, the only site in the world where whole lake-experimentation is carried out.

Its research has . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: On the good news front—Experimental Lakes Area is open for business

Things Are Good: Support The Experimental Lakes Area

The Experimental Lakes Area has suffered greatly from the Canadian government’s anti-science funding policies and has luckily been saved by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. To ensure that further damage can’t come from the ideologically-driven and anti-environment Conservative Party the ELA has turned to crowd funding to survive.

Last year, The Walrus . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Support The Experimental Lakes Area

reeves report: Kathleen Wynne’s environmental ups and downs

Feature image: Ontario Rangers youth gather at Queen’s Park in January, 2013 to protest cuts to a Ministry of Natural Resources program many former participants claim changed their lives.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has called an election for June 12, and as the parties gear up their campaign platforms, it’s worth taking a look . . . → Read More: reeves report: Kathleen Wynne’s environmental ups and downs

reeves report: Rebuilding ‘science team’ at ELA a tough task

Researchers at the Experimental Lakes Area in northern Ontario.

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on May 17, 2012 that funding for the Experimental Lakes Area would no longer be renewed by . . . → Read More: reeves report: Rebuilding ‘science team’ at ELA a tough task

the reeves report: Time running out on ELA interim agreement

Researchers working at one of 58 lakes in the Experimental Lakes Area in northern Ontario.

Only three days remain to finalize the interim agreement to find a new operator for the Experimental Lakes Area laboratory in northern Ontario, but the province’s resource minister is “optimistic” things will work out.

“We are optimistic . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Time running out on ELA interim agreement

Paul S. Graham: Video: The five main threats to Lake Winnipeg

October 26, 2013: Diane Orihel, founder and director of the Coalition to Save ELA, speaks to a workshop in Winnipeg on water quality sponsored by Idle No More Manitoba. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Diane Orihel is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and the founder and Director of the Coalition to . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: The five main threats to Lake Winnipeg

Bill Longstaff: At least the provinces (well, two of them) care about climate change

In a good news item, the governments of Ontario and Manitoba announced they will maintain the internationally renowned Experiment Lakes Area project. Ontario has committed $2-million a year and Manitoba another $900,000 over six years through its funding of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The IISD, a Winnipeg-based public policy research organization, will . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: At least the provinces (well, two of them) care about climate change

Politics and its Discontents: Some Thoughts From An Ontario Perspective – UPDATED

While acknowledging that Ontario politics is likely of little interest to those living outside the province, I think there is much wisdom in former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill’s observation that “All politics is local.” If it affects a constituent ‘where he or she lives,’ either in the physical or the mental/philosophical . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Thoughts From An Ontario Perspective – UPDATED

Politics and its Discontents: We Are Not Alone

Those of us who write in the progressive blogosphere, I suspect, often have a ‘dark night of the soul,’ fearing that we are only preaching to the converted in our posts, and that those who share our bent for criticizing the status quo are in a decided minority. That is why I always find . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: We Are Not Alone

The Canadian Progressive: Federal Budget 2013 fails Canadians, says Council of Canadians

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: In response to the federal budget, representatives of the Council of Canadians made the following comments: “This budget fails Canadians. It continues a privatization agenda for water, a trade agenda that doesn’t equate to job growth, a health care agenda that will cut billions […]

The post Federal . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Federal Budget 2013 fails Canadians, says Council of Canadians

Bill Longstaff: Call for international solidarity with Canadian scientists

As the federal government’s assault on science encounters increased resistance from Canadian scientists, the international community increasingly takes notice. In a recent column in The Guardian, science writer Alice Bell suggests that our scientists deserve international support, saying “We can’t pretend Canadian science is simply a Canadian matter any more than we can pretend we . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Call for international solidarity with Canadian scientists

Impolitical: Bad environmental choices, bad economics too

David Suzuki’s column today on the government’s choice to close the Experimental Lakes Area magnifies the tremendous cost to taxpayers: The world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area in Southern Ontario has served as an outdoor laboratory for this purpose since 1968. By manipulating and studying conditions in 58 small lakes and their watersheds, scientists there have made . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Bad environmental choices, bad economics too

Politics and its Discontents: On Harper Ideology and Young Hudak’s ‘Vision’

Two reading recommendations for Monday morning:

The Star has a good editorial suggesting that the Harper government’s efforts to find a buyer for the Experimental Lakes Area in Kenora is just a sham, an empty public relations exercise. As the editorial points out, the reseach facility has been making key contributions to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Harper Ideology and Young Hudak’s ‘Vision’

Politics and its Discontents: What The Closure of The Experimental Lakes Area Really Means

To learn the truly tragic dimensions of this Harper maneuver to silence yet another dissenting scientific voice, please check out this article by Michael Harris. After reading it, I think you will likely agree that the health of Canadians is pretty low on the list of Dear Leader’s priorities. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What The Closure of The Experimental Lakes Area Really Means

350 or bust: Canadian Democracy in Disarray

* There is mounting alarm and opposition across Canada, even among many conservatives, about the Harper government’s omnibus budget bill, Bill C-38. Yesterday Parlliamentary Speaker Andrew Scheer (a Conservative MP from Saskatchewan) denied Elizabeth May’s well argued Point of Order re: allowing Omnibus Budget Bill C-38 as a legitimate omnibus budget bill will bring our . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canadian Democracy in Disarray

earthgauge: “Dark Age” for Canadian Science

In yet another example of the Canadian government’s antipathy toward science and hatred of all things environmental, check out this article from the excellent journalist Andrew Nikiforuk. Here’s an excerpt:

Just as citizens flocked to their cottages and launched their boats, the government of Stephen Harper pulled the plug on Canada’s greatest freshwater defender . . . → Read More: earthgauge: “Dark Age” for Canadian Science