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The Canadian Progressive: 400 Canadian Academics Demand CRA Stop Auditing Progressive Think-Tank

More than 420 Canadian academics have written to the Minister of National Revenue demanding an immediate stop to the CRA’s audit of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The post 400 Canadian Academics Demand CRA Stop Auditing Progressive Think-Tank appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government should consider options for Sea King replacement: Report

By Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Feb. 11, 2013: OTTAWA – A major, deep-reaching report about the maritime helicopter procurement has just been released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “The worst procurement in the history of Canada”: Solving the maritime helicopter crisis (PDF) was written by University of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government should consider options for Sea King replacement: Report

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Nobel Peace Prize is slipping into irrelevance

by Brian Lee Crowley | Troy Media | Macdonald Laurier Institute My mother could have told you why giving the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union would produce such a predictable and deserved outpouring of derision. An aspiring writer, she took a creative writing course. One of the assignments was to describe a single . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The Nobel Peace Prize is slipping into irrelevance

The Sixth Estate: Somehow the Conference Board is Less Immune to Industry Pressure than the Federal Senate

In recent months the Canadian airline industry has been pushing, hard, for lower costs. Not content with having the Harper regime order its employees to work under threat of legal sanction (so much for small government, eh?), Air Canada apparently wants to have that same government give it a variety of other under-the-table handouts, too. . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Somehow the Conference Board is Less Immune to Industry Pressure than the Federal Senate

DeSmogBlog: See No Evil, Speak Little Truth, Break Rules, Blame Others

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The "Wegman Report", led by Edward Wegman of George Mason University (GMU) got criticized in 2010's Experts claim 2006 climate report plagiarized.  Experts called it "obvious" even "shocking" plagiarism.  GMU's incompetent handling, mistreatment of complainants and flawed rulings were mostly documented in March, but recent FOIAs expose more untruths.

Is the harsh . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: See No Evil, Speak Little Truth, Break Rules, Blame Others

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper v. Canada: Stephen Harper Addresses Right Wing U.S. Think Tank

Understanding the Canadian prime minister’s war against our democratic institutions, freedoms and legitimate dissent

Editor’s Note: In June 1997, Stephen Harper addressed a Montreal meeting of the Council for National Policy (CNP), a right-wing U.S. think tank. His speech unequivocally foreshadowed his ongoing war against Canadian democracy. Harper described Canada as “a Northern European welfare . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper v. Canada: Stephen Harper Addresses Right Wing U.S. Think Tank

DeSmogBlog: How To Divide And Conquer The Free Market Climate Change Denial Movement

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Much has been made lately of the Heartland’s Institute’s implosion over it extreme position on climate change. In February there was the revelation of internal strategy documents that included a plan to promote climate change scepticism in schools. In early May they unveiled a billboard equating those who believe in global . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: How To Divide And Conquer The Free Market Climate Change Denial Movement

DeSmogBlog: The Big Waffle? New Report Exposes Corporations That Try to Split the Difference on Global Warming

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We hear a lot about the Koch brothers. And before them, we heard a lot about ExxonMobil.

In other words, we all know the names of the corporations, and the corporate leaders, who have sought to undermine public understanding about global warming—for instance, by supporting think tanks that misrepresent the science . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Big Waffle? New Report Exposes Corporations That Try to Split the Difference on Global Warming

The Sixth Estate: Institute for Research on Public Policy Compromising Political Neutrality

The Montreal-based think tank Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) has recently been in the news for publishing a study which, in the media’s collective eye, purports to disprove NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s comments about “Dutch disease” — basically, blaming the decline in Canadian manufacturing on the rise of the Albertan tarsands sector because . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Institute for Research on Public Policy Compromising Political Neutrality

The Sixth Estate: Meet The New Estimate, Same as the Old One

Former Reform Party MP turned Fraser Institute fellow and Vancouver economist Herb Grubel has taken to the pages of the Globe & Mail to drum up support for a new edition of his Fraser Institute “study” purporting to show that immigrants soak up an average of $6000 extra in government handouts every year.

I didn’t . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Meet The New Estimate, Same as the Old One

DeSmogBlog: Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax

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Modern anti-science was created by the tobacco industry in the 1950s and then used against climate science, often by the same well-experienced think tanks and individuals.  Tobacco anti-science is strangely entangled with climate anti-science, as the attached report shows in detail involving Fred Singer's SEPP, Joseph Bast's Heartland, and more.

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. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax

The Sixth Estate: Ontario-Funded Think Tank Says Ontario Not Getting Enough Transfer Payments

Alternate title: Toronto Star Leaves Key Piece of Information Out of Coverage of Mowat Centre.

The Mowat Centre, it seems, is unhappy about the state of federal-provincial transfers in this country. Ontario and British Columbia are being short-changed to the tune of billions of dollars because it fails to account for the cost of living, . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Ontario-Funded Think Tank Says Ontario Not Getting Enough Transfer Payments

The Sixth Estate: Who Funds the Montreal Economic Institute

Among all the secretive and secretly funded think tanks in Canadian politics, surely the most preposterous rationalization is provided by the Montreal Economic Institute:

Although the MEI discloses the amount and the breakdown of its funding, its policy is not to list specific donors. Publishing such a list would give organizations similar to the MEI . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Who Funds the Montreal Economic Institute

The Sixth Estate: Can You Commission a Study from the Fraser Institute?

Picking up where I left off last week, I want to explore what we know about the “objective” process by which an “independent” think tank like the Fraser Institute goes about choosing a topic to write a research paper about. As economists, they will doubtless nod in approval when I give you the basic maxim . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Can You Commission a Study from the Fraser Institute?

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: It’s not just unions any more: Time to consider fiscal openness for professional associations, private companies, think tanks, churches

The board of the Fraser Institute meets to discuss their next dubious call for lower taxes on billionaires and the corporations they own. Who finances them, anyway? Secretive organizations may not appear exactly as illustrated.

It’s not just unions any more.

The more I think about this, the more the idea makes sense: the time . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: It’s not just unions any more: Time to consider fiscal openness for professional associations, private companies, think tanks, churches