Those who follow the depredations of the Harper regime will know of the terrible attacks that science and research have undergone these past several years. Cuts to funding, closing of research centres, and muzzling of scientists are common occurrences. Indeed, not even the recent news of the early success of the Ebola vaccine was . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Regime’s Contempt For Science
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Yesterday, I posted a video of recently retired Fisheries and Oceans Canada biologist Steve Campana speaking about the sad state of morale within bureaucratic ranks. The Harper regime’s obsession with control and secrecy means that government scientists are forbidden to speak about their research without going through a labyrinthine series of communications protocols that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On Government Muzzling
This is sad beyond words. A recently retired Fisheries and Oceans Canada biologist says the muzzling of federal government scientists is worse than anyone can imagine.
Steve Campana, known for his expertise on everything from Great white sharks to porbeagles and Arctic trout, says the atmosphere working for the federal government is toxic.
“I am . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Recently Retired Government Scientist Speaks Out:
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Continuing the series I started the other day, here is another excerpt from Science Under Attack, a chapter in Elizabeth May’s memoir Who We Are.
Much of that chapter is devoted to the science of climate change, a science that, although constantly under attack by the ignorant and the well-funded climate-change denial industry, is . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Attack On The Environment – Part Two
In my morning post, I reprinted the following letter from The toronto Star: With Stephen Harper’s Conservatives intent to push science back to medieval times, it may be time for Canadians to embrace those efforts and get with Harper Times. Issue all conservatives a bell to be worn in public. They have become pariahs of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Inse Suggestion
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Well, it is good to know that Star letter-writers have lost none of their edge over the holiday season. Responding to the paper’s recent editorial lacerating the Harper regime’s science policy (“Whatever the government’s motives, whatever it understands or does not about how science works, it has over the last eight . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: 2015: Day Two
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Last evening, I was watching the 6:00 o’clock news, distracted and perturbed by the howling winds (up to 100 kms. per hour) buffeting our windows. Here in Southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres from the snowstorm that has devasted Buffalo, I can perhaps be forgiven for feeling especially sensitive to increasingly frequent bouts . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What If?
Another acerbic commentary from Canada’s conscience.
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As I noted recently, we are currently receiving a free three-month subscription to the Globe, one that we will not be renewing. My last post on the subject dealt with one of the reasons. Here is another.
In its ‘wisdom,’ and despite widespread evidence to the contrary, Canada’s self-proclaimed ‘newspaper of record’ insists, in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Reason Not To Subscribe To The Globe and Mail
It is to be hoped that the closer we move to next year’s election, more and more Canadians will be wagging their fingers at Stephen Harper for his various acts of destruction in this country. For now, let’s enjoy the fact that this group is doing it for us: An organization known for its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Group Shames Harper
I hope none of us forgets this, just one small part of the Harper programme to promote ignorance, stifle informed discussion, and ravage the environment. Recommend this Post
Knowledge is power, and withholding knowledge is crippling.
So states scientist Sarah Otto, in an op-ed piece in today’s Star. Sadly, when we apply that truth to the Canadian reality, it becomes apparent that all of us are confined to metaphorical wheelchairs.
Referring to a report released last week by Evidence for Democracy, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Fighting The Darkness
It seems like the silence over the disappearing Environment Canada committee discussed in my previous post may have had its precedent set back in 2012, when another strange silence was orchestrated over another disappearance.
Margaret Munro, in The Ottawa Citizen, reports new evidence of the Harper regime suppressing information Canadians have a right . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking of Disappearances…
Tuesday’s post discussed the apparent disappearance of a committee made up of representatives from Environment Canada, the Alberta government and oil and gas companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the tarsands. Investigative reporter Mike De Souza provides important new information about this committee on his website.
Putting the heat on Environment Minister Leona . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: No Surprise Here- An Update
Given Stephen Harper’s most recent demonstrated indifference to climate change, I report the following with no surprise, only a degree of tired resignation:
Environment Canada appears to have quietly ended key discussions that were intended to tackle carbon pollution from the oil and gas industry.
A committee made up of representatives from Environment Canada, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: No Surprise Here – Part Two
Rather typical, wouldn’t you say?UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a major climate summit in New York on September 23, “to mobilize political will” towards reducing global emissions.
U.S. President Barack Obama will be attending, as will U.K. Prime Minster David Cameron.
In fact, 125 heads of state will be there.
Canadian . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: No Surprise Here
This morning, in my print edition of The Toronto Star, I saw the following headline: Canadian scientists to be placed in isolation. While it turned out to be a story about the evacuation of a Canadian medical team helping to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, for a brief moment I thought it concerned the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Our Anti-Democratic Democracy
It is refreshing to see that, unlike in Canada where government scientists cannot speak about climate change, American government employees are not afraid to draw some harsh correlations between it and environmental destruction.
Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Glaring Contrast
There have been so many developments on the climate front of late that, collectively, give us a pretty stark warning and yet the media, the public and our political leadership are tuning out. We seem to be culturally embracing a sort of Andean fatalism that seems to precede abrupt civilizational decline. Perhaps we’re hampered . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: While Harper Fiddles, Canada Burns
Recent summer flooding across southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba seems to be bringing the reality of climate change home to the people of the prairies and it’s drawing some unwelcome attention to prime minister Harper.
Look, it was bound to happen. You can’t have once-a-century weather disasters arriving every two or three years for . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Has Harper Betrayed The West? A Mound Of Sound Guest Post
It is always heartening when young people get involved in issues that should matter to everyone:
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One of the reasons I subscribe to The Toronto Star is the quality of its columnists. Tim Harper, Martin Regg Cohn, Thomas Walkom, Heather Mallick, etc. rarely disappoint. However, no one is perfect, and today’s column by Walkom is not up to his usual critical standards.
Entitled Conservatives’ downfall could be Stephen Harper’s dismissive . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Walkom Misses The Mark