The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada

By Chris Turner

A passionate and meticulously researched argument opposed to the Harper government's warfare on science

In this arresting and passionately argued indictment, award-winning journalist Chris Turner contends that Stephen Harper's assault on simple technological know-how, technological know-how communique, environmental rules, and the environmental NGO neighborhood is the main vicious attack ever waged by means of a Canadian executive at the primary ideas of the Enlightenment. From the closure of Arctic study stations as oil drilling starts off within the excessive Arctic to slashed examine budgets in agriculture, dramatic adjustments to the nation's fisheries coverage, and the muzzling of presidency scientists, Harper's executive has successfully dismantled Canada's long-standing medical culture. Drawing on interviews with scientists whose paintings has been halted by way of funds cuts and their colleagues in an NGO group more and more taken care of as an enemy of the nation, The struggle on Science paints a vibrant and damning portrait of a central authority that has deserted environmental stewardship and severed a nation.

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WarScienceInteriorFinal. indd 132 2013-08-15 12:41 PM Lost at midnight  133 convinced, Canada used to be a mercantile colony, a buying and selling submit, a resource of uncooked fabrics, a country depending on one among 3 oversized buying and selling companions for so long as it's been referred to as Canada. yet alongside the way in which, it has develop into whatever else. it's also a kingdom of curious explorers and adaptable voyageurs, a kingdom that's studying to make amends for the destroy it has visited on its indigenous populations and studying additionally to treasure the profound wisdom of the land those First countries have preserved regardless of all of it. Canada is Sandford Fleming and Banting and most sensible, Norman Bethune and Lester B. Pearson and David Suzuki. the best Canadian hero of my youth used to be a child who misplaced his leg to melanoma after which ran around the state to elevate cash to fund medical study. Canada is the birthplace of Greenpeace and the host nation for the signing of the Montreal Protocol. Canada is the country that had as soon as proposal itself so great and empty and wild it couldn’t probably exhaust its bounty, after which the cod fishery and the oversized forests of the Pacific coast taught us in a different way, and now we have been operating in the course of the messy company of discovering a sustainable method of hewing wooden and drawing water, and we meant to educate the area the teachings we’d realized in stewardship alongside the best way. It was once by no means a shock to profit that the environmental stream were born right here, that worldwide conservation treaties were drafted and signed the following, that Canadians chaired Rio’s Earth Summit and led ipcc operating teams and based the Resilience Alliance. outstanding gentle balances and brokering reasonable bargains and advocating for higher protections used to be easily what we did. The flag stitched to the backpack of each foreign tourist in my formative years used to be homage to this tale. And if Canada was once by no means so simple as its symbols or as virtuous because it pretended to be, these symbols however WarScienceInteriorFinal. indd 133 2013-08-15 12:41 PM 134  t he wa r on s cience represented—they nonetheless represent—the nation’s maximum aspirations and its so much noble goals. this isn't a rustic that takes satisfaction in disrupting overseas weather meetings, which I’d bet is why Jim Prentice couldn’t convey himself to gloat approximately it whilst he received again to Calgary. this isn't a rustic that is familiar with itself to be the worst environmental legal on the earth, that's why even oil-and-gas executives flip stressed and combative on the accusation. this isn't a rustic that muzzles its scientists or dismantles its study labs or locations its best clinical associations on the complete mercy of commercial. that is why, I’m wagering, Canadians are usually not going to place up with even more of the Harper time table. See it truly, and it unearths an image that doesn’t seem like Canada in any respect. WarScienceInteriorFinal. indd 134 2013-08-15 12:41 PM Se le cte d C h ro no lo gy o f Ca nad ia n Sc i e nc e 1608: Samuel de Champlain, a navigator, cartographer and explorer, founds Quebec, the 1st everlasting payment in New France.

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