How Evidence Died
Democracy depends on informed opinion. Informed opinion relies on understanding all the evidence, not just that which supports a political objective or ideology. Science provides much of the best evidence, without regard to political agendas or ideology.
The only scientific evidence the Mr. Harper wants the public to know about is that which supports his political objectives and ideology. That’s not science, that’s propaganda.
The Harper government has embarked on a systematic program to impede and divert the flow of scientific information to Canadians through two major strategies. The first involves the gutting of programs and institutions whose principal mandate is the collection of scientific evidence. Examples of this include:
- Cutting the mandatory long-form national census.
- Major budget reductions to research programs at Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Library and Archives Canada, the National Research Council Canada, Statistics Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
- Decisions to close major natural and social science research institutions such as the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area, the National Council of Welfare and the First Nations Statistical Institute.
- Closing of The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in Eureka, Nunavut
Mr. Harper’s second strategy is perhaps less overt, but even more insidious: to impede the bringing forward of scientific evidence into the public debate. Examples:
- Not renewing the The National Science Advisor in 2008.
- Dozens of instances of censoring of, impeded access to, and coercion of government scientists, a practice which Minister of Environment Peter Kent has justified as merely in keeping with “established practice”.
- Shutting down the National Round Table on Environment and Economy (NRTEE), an arm’s length advisory body providing independent advice on environmental protection and economic development, because the government didn’t like its advice.
DoE In the News
Notes for Remarks to Carleton University – September 5, 2012
By Allan R. Gregg
- Budget Omnibus Bill C-38 criticism
- May 28, 2012 - Most Canadians have no idea how seriously Bill C-38 will affect their lives
- May 27, 2012 - Lock down Canada begins with New World Order bill C-38
- May 26, 2012 - Bill C-38 protest has 13,000 websites going dark across Canada this June
- May 22, 2012 - Review of C-38's environmental impact is farcical
- May 12, 2012 Bill C-38 repeals the fair wages and hours of labour act
- May 10, 2012 Bill C38: the Environmental Destruction Act
- May 7, 2012 - Should Environmental Law Changes be Pulled Out of (budget) bill C-38?
- Canadian Environmental Assessment Act changes in C-38
- Ongoing critique of the CEAA changes in C-38 – great resource from Canadian Environmental Law Association
- July 2nd, 2012 - Oh Canada: the government's broad assault on the environment: Prime minister Stephen Harper's government has been weakening Canada's environmental regulations and slashing funds for oversight and research - while promoting aggressive resource development (Read More)
- March 27, 2012 - Open Letter to the Right Hon. Stephen Harper
- ELA - Experimental Lakes Area closure
- June 6, 2012 - Shutting lake research lab 'papable nonsense,' scientists tell Ottawa
- Large bank of specific ELA evidence and open letters to the government at www.saveELA.org
- Fisheries Act gutted
- July 6th, 2012 - How Ottawa fumbled the fisheries file
- June 21, 2012 - Canada's weakening aquatic protection
- June 22, 2012 - Fisheries changes attacked in prestigious Science journal
- May 29, 2012 - Fisheries Act changes questioned by former ministers
- June 24, 2012 - Refugee health cuts protest cuts off Oliver announcement
- PEARL - Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Lab closure
- April 30, 2012 - Candac/Pearl closure announcement
- March 3, 2012 - Interview with Dr. Richard Peltier, Herzberg award winner
- March 1, 2012 - Closure of polar lab a blow to Canada's reputation
- Science-Evidence-Access to Information-General
- June 27, 2012 - Fourth wave of public service cuts to target DFO's Habitat Management Division
- June 27, 2012 - Harper hurts science, again
- June 22, 2012 - Canada falls out of top fifty in global freedom of information rankings
- June 20, 2012 – Dr. David Schindler and Dr. John Smol – After Rio, Canada lost its way.
- June 19, 2012 – From leader to an 'embarrassment'
- Stats Canada - Long Form Census
- September 20, 2011 - Ex-chief statistician picks apart cancellation of long census
- 2011 - Munir Sheikh's essay RE: Long form census. "Good Dat and Intelligent Government"
- July 23, 2010 - Why the long census matters
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