While the Globe and Mail continues on its blind path of extolling the fallen (a.k.a. the Harper regime), its readers seem adamant about setting the record straight. These two letters should give the powers that be some pause: Brand: Conservative
Re Ambrose Buys Time Tories Must Use Wisely (Nov. 6): When most consumer-focused organizations . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Setting the Record Straight
I had a pretty busy day today attending the funeral service for the father of a good friend and former colleague, so I didn’t have time to write a blog post today, but very briefly, there is more good news to share about the new government: Alain Vezina, regional director of science for . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Good Sign
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
Stephen lacks the requisite skills and temperament to succeed in any position of responsibility; recommend removal at earliest possible date.
Stephen’s oil monomania suggests a pathology deeply harmful both to himself and the entire country.
Stephen’s addiction to rabid and exclusionary ideology and his capacity for gross fabrications are also cause for deep concern:
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It is surely a mark of the times in which we live that a climate of fear, suspicion and mistrust permeates the ranks of those who work for the federal government. Stories abound of the muzzling of scientists, the termination of employees, the closing of research facilities. Having just completed Mark Bourrie’s Kill The . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Fingerprints Are All Over This One
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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:
This needs to be watched by all Canadians concerned about our country’s future. Please circulate widely:
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Keep spreading the word, brothers and sisters:
H/t Michael Nabert
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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
H/t The Toronto Star
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
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
Star readers weigh in with their usual perspicacity as they reflect on the message of Michael Harris’ new book, Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, discussed previously in this blog:
Is there a despot in the House? Insight Oct. 19
As journalist Michael Harris’ book points out, Canada has already undergone . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Reactions To Michael Harris’ Book On Harper
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
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…
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
Mike de Sousa is a former Post Media reporter now operating his own website continuing his investigative work into energy and the environment. He is well-worth paying attention to.
His latest piece, Government’s weather forecasters shouldn’t discuss climate change, says Environment Canada, while perhaps not breaking any new ground, is a potent reminder of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Forecast: Very Cloudy Indeed
That’s the conclusion fundraising expert Harvey McKinnon draws in this interview during which he discusses the Harper regime’s targeting of groups that oppose the Tory policy of environmental despoliation, about which I wrote previously.
McKinnon also offers this startling information: Statistically, one in 100 charities are audited each year. This Revenue Canada has gone . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: It’s Definitely Not Democracy
The Harper cabal’s contempt for the environment, science, transparency, and knowledge in general has become the stuff of dark legend, provoking outrage both at home and beyond our borders. That a putative democracy can be behaving in such a totalitarian manner strains credulity. And the latest salvo against science, the Department of Fisheries and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The War Continues
By now, the plight of government scientists is reasonably well-known. Despite the Harper propaganda machine’s vehement campaign to deny the practice, more and more Canadians have become aware that the regime has been systematically muzzling its scientists, whose research and hard data frequently contradict and expose as lies the ideology that passes as truth . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Scientist Speaks Out
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