A Brief History of Stephen Harper's War Against Science

Under Stephen Harper, the current Conservative government of Canada has shaped its resource development policies by forbidding scientists to speak to the public. One of Harper's favorite tactics is to cut funding to any public agency that stands in the path of his agenda.

Killing Them Softly: A Brief History of Stephen Harper's Hatred of Evidence-Based Government.

2006-02-06 00:00:00

Head of Nuclear Safety Fired Before Testimony

One day before Linda Keen was to give testimony in the House of Commons, she was abruptly fired by the Harper Government.

2006-03-06 00:00:00

ONSA Removed From Privy Council

The Office of the National Science Advisor is officially removed from the Privy Council Office, and their building is moved to Industry Canada.

2006-04-01 00:00:00

One Tonne Challenge Scrapped

The new Conservative government in Ottawa has abruptly stopped funding groups across the country that have been promoting the One Tonne Challenge, the quirky program to persuade Canadians to do their bit to help the environment by cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. The Conservatives are also reviewing about 100 other climate-change programs set up by the previous Liberal government.

2006-04-05 00:00:00

Climate Change Budget Slashed 40%

Forty per cent of this year's budget for climate change programs has been slashed from the departments of Natural Resources and Environment.

2006-11-23 12:48:17

Environmentalists Similar To "Terror Threats"

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2007-05-01 00:00:00

Monetization of Scientific Research

Conservatives create a new national science and technology strategy with little input from the national science adviser’s office. Harper wants to focus on monetizing scientific research.

2007-12-01 12:56:17

Canada Wins Fossil of the Year Award

This award is given each year to Countries that block progress at Climate Change negotiations each year.

2008-01-22 00:00:00

Harper Evicts Science Advisor

The Conservative Government of Canada closes the Office of the National Science Adviser.

2008-06-16 00:00:00

16 Canadian Lakes To Become Toxic Dumps

CBC News has learned that 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.

2008-12-12 18:24:05

Canada Wins Collosal Fossil Award, Again

Poznan, Poland – For the second year in a row, Canada has been chosen as the most obstructive country at the U.N. climate negotiations in Poland.

2009-10-19 00:00:00

Research Docs Outsourced To U.S. Company

Such is the subject line of an email I got from the NRC-CISTI people last week. NRC-CISTI is Canada’s National Research Council — Canada Institute of Scientific and Technical Information. In other words, Canada’s national science library. Many of you probably know them for their document delivery service.

2009-12-18 00:00:00

Canada tagged as 'Fossil of the Year'

A coalition of environmental groups at the Copenhagen climate change conference gave its "Fossil of the Year" award to Canada on Friday. The citation called Canada "the absolute worst country at the talks." At a media event Friday organized by Climate Action Network International, whose members include a number of Canadian environmental organizations, a spoof cardboard medal was draped around the neck of an actor posing as Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

2010-02-16 08:55:36

70% of Science Library Jobs Slashed

The National Research Council is laying off 86 people as part of cuts announced last year to reduce costs at the country’s leading research organization. The layoffs begin in April and will affect employees at the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), the country’s national science library and leading publisher of scientific information. By the time it is over, CISTI, which used to employ about 350 people, will be down by close to 70 per cent, union officials say.

2010-03-25 12:48:17

80% Cut in Climate Change Coverage In Media

The scandal is growing at Environment Canada of how Canadian climate researchers are being "muzzled" by draconian policies of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

2010-06-10 09:26:19

Harper Snips Long-Form Census

Prime Minster Harper’s decision to scrap the Long Form Census and replace it with a voluntary National Household Survey whose results will be kept confidential will almost guarantee that Canadians will know less about themselves today than ever before...so much for the information age.

2010-08-23 00:00:00

Climate Data Being Under-funded

OTTAWA - Sustained cuts to Environment Canada weather-service programs have compromised the government's ability to assess climate change and left it with a "profoundly disturbing" quality of information in its data network, says a newly released internal government report.

2010-09-29 09:55:36

Stop The Message Manipulation, Says Kathryn O'Hara

Strict controls on what federal researchers can reveal about their work is a disservice to science and the public, says Kathryn O'Hara.

2011-03-07 04:27:48

Science Research At Mercy of Industry

This comes on top of the latest 3 additions to NSERC programs that require collaboration with industrial partners, and adds to the more than 20 programs supported by the Tri-council (actually minimal contribution from SSHRC). We also hear that NSERC’s President Suzanne Fortier has indicated that three reviewers from industry will be added to the selection panel for the next cycle of Vanier Scholarships program.

2011-03-08 00:00:00

Research Funding Slowly Tightening

NSERC announced its intention to reduce funding for basic research a further 3.6 per cent from $364.9 million in 2009–2010 to $351.9 million by 2012–2013.

2011-03-08 16:37:19

Harper Privatizes NRC Science Articles

Scientists, businesses, consultants, political aides and other people who want to read about new scientific discoveries in the 17 journals published by National Research Council Research Press now either have to pay $10 per article or get access through an institution that has an annual subscription.

2011-06-22 00:00:00

Asbestos Not Considered Hazardous At UN Summit

OTTAWA—Canada has opposed listing chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous chemical, the United Nations confirmed Wednesday, even as the Conservative government maintained its silence back home.

2011-07-06 00:00:00

Budget Cuts Destroy Freshwater Protection

Nearly 50 civil society organizations sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper decrying the cuts to Environment Canada and outlining serious concerns about the impacts the cuts will have on water.

2011-07-28 00:00:00

Science Discovery Grants Being Starved

NSERC data for the total amounts awarded in all EG’s for individual discovery grants shows the following changes between 2006 and 2011. (2006) $77,873,000 (2007) $82,292,000 (2008) $76,297,000 (2009) $86,160,000 (2010) $69,467,000 (2011) $64,467,000

2011-11-27 00:00:00

Kyoto Accord on Chopping Board

Environment Minister Peter Kent told The Canadian Press that the Kyoto Protocol is out of date because it excludes major emitters.

2011-11-30 00:00:00

Canada Wins Fossil of the Year Award, Again

Canada scored at hat trick at the UN climate change conference Wednesday, winning a ‘Fossil’ trophy for the third straight day. The tongue-in-cheek award is presented to the country that has done the most to block progress at the negotiations.

2012-01-09 00:00:00

Environmental Concern is "Radical" - Joe Oliver

Joe Oliver, the federal minister of natural resources, has attacked "environmentalists and other radical groups" because they "threaten to hijack our regulatory system" and kill projects like, presumably, the Northern Gateway pipeline.

2012-02-16 08:28:30

Prime Minister, Please Unmuzzle the Scientists

From a letter submitted by the Canadian Science Writers' Association and others Feb 16, 2012 to the Prime Minister’s office…

2012-02-29 00:00:00

Journal Nature: Free The Scientists Stephen Harper

Ottawa’s gagging of federal scientists has come under attack from a prominent journal urging Stephen Harper to quit his oppressive ways.

2012-07-10 13:54:08

Death of Evidence Rally

Over the phone, the University of Ottawa conference organizers told Science-ish that they are disturbed by what they believe is the government’s disdain for evidence. They also provided an impressive media backgrounder, obviously prepared by science nerds with a zest for evidence and footnoting. The alleged crimes included the scrapping of the mandatory long-form census, cutting the federal funding for Canada’s Ozone Network, closing the Experimental Lakes Area, as well as the elimination of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy and the position of National Science Advisor.

2012-10-22 18:24:06

Canada Gets Dodo Award For Distruction of Biodiversity

The Dodo Awards go to those governments who have failed to evolve, and whose actions at the CBD are contributing to, rather than preventing, biodiversity loss. And the Dodo Bird has spoken – the awards go to Canada and the UK.

2013-05-03 02:46:48

Maclean's: Harper Muzzling Scientists is Orwellian

Federal scientists and their supporters rallied on Parliament Hill in Ottawa this week to “Stand Up for Science.” Jonathon Gatehouse wrote on the issue of muzzled federal scientists in May of this year:

A Brief History of Stephen Harper's War Against Science

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