Harper hates on science more than Bush did?
Old 09-23-2013, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Silencing Scientists

Over the last few years, the government of Canada led by Stephen Harper has made it harder and harder for publicly financed scientists to communicate with the public and with other scientists.

It began badly enough in 2008 when scientists working for Environment Canada, the federal agency, were told to refer all queries to departmental communications officers. Now the government is doing all it can to monitor and restrict the flow of scientific information, especially concerning research into climate change, fisheries and anything to do with the Alberta tar sands source of the diluted bitumen that would flow through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Journalists find themselves unable to reach government scientists; the scientists themselves have organized public protests.

There was trouble of this kind here in the George W. Bush years, when scientists were asked to toe the party line on climate policy and endangered species. But nothing came close to what is being done in Canada.

Science is the gathering of hypotheses and the endless testing of them. It involves checking and double-checking, self-criticism and a willingness to overturn even fundamental assumptions if they prove to be wrong. But none of this can happen without open communication among scientists. This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.

It is also designed to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the northern resource rush the feverish effort to mine the earth and the ocean with little regard for environmental consequences. The Harper policy seems designed to make sure that the tar sands project proceeds quietly, with no surprises, no bad news, no alarms from government scientists. To all the other kinds of pollution the tar sands will yield, we must now add another: the degradation of vital streams of research and information.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:40 PM   #2 (permalink)

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that doesn't sound good.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Benzo where ya at? I'm curious how you're going to try to spin this off as a positive move
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:10 PM   #4 (permalink)

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It's an old issue from the Harper Gov but I guess we should be thankful that NYT exposes more eyes to the issue. Read here for regular info: unmuzzledscience | Musings of A Canadian government scientist from behind the muzzle.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I can definitely see the parallels between the Harper Government and Bush Administration down south. Conservative Governments in Canada have traditionally been more centrist in political ideology than what we often see in the United States, whom are more far right in ideology. This Harper government seems to be taking a more Bush like approach when it comes to politics. Silencing scientists and facts relating to climate change and the like are things we would expect from a communist dictatorship. This government has time and time again shown that they are not interested in a true democracy that allows for reason and a clear/factual flow of information to guide it's policy. The Harper government continues to live in the past and can't move into the new millennial by consequence we all suffer as a society. The Harper government have shown to be more interested in propping up corporate interests than it's citizenry. Subsidies have continued to grow for the Tar Sands i.e the oil and gas industry. The middle class are being taxed out of existence, The disparity between the lower class and the upper class is higher than it has ever been...Income inequality hurts the economy and it's a fact that income disparity has grown exponentially in the last 20 years. We now know that lower taxes for the rich does not translate to growth it's a fact! We must increase the minimum wage to a living wage that reduces minimum wage employees dependence on the social safety net for merely just surviving i.e. food and shelter. In the end it's a choice, what kind of society do we want to be, you can measure a society on how it treats it's lower class citizens. The Harper government corporate puppetry style politics is not the kind of society I want my kids to grow up in.
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