War on Science

War on Science

Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada

Book - 2013
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A passionate and meticulously researched argument against the Harper government's war on science

In this arresting and passionately argued indictment, award-winning journalist Chris Turner contends that Stephen Harper's attack on basic science, science communication, environmental regulations, and the environmental NGO community is the most vicious assault ever waged by a Canadian government on the fundamental principles of the Enlightenment. From the closure of Arctic research stations as oil drilling begins in the High Arctic to slashed research budgets in agriculture, dramatic changes to the nation's fisheries policy, and the muzzling of government scientists, Harper's government has effectively dismantled Canada's long-standing scientific tradition. Drawing on interviews with scientists whose work has been halted by budget cuts and their colleagues in an NGO community increasingly treated as an enemy of the state, The War on Science paints a vivid and damning portrait of a government that has abandoned environmental stewardship and severed a nation.
Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781771004312
Characteristics: 170 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jan 31, 2015

Excellent little book, just lays in on the line! Recommended for anyone, although depressing to read! The number of books on Stephen Harper just keeps rising! And in our censored country it is just about the only way to get the facts.

Oct 10, 2013

If a documentary of this book were to be made it would probably be this-watch CBC FIFTH ESTATE - "The Silence of the Labs" Friday Jan 10. In the past few years, the federal government has cut funding to more than 76 world renowned research institutes and hundreds of programs. The Harper government has dismissed more than 2,000 scientists and researchers. It has cut programs that monitored smoke emissions, food inspections, oil spills, water quality and climate change. Now scientists have become unlikely radicals, denouncing what they call is a politically-driven war on knowledge. In Silence of the Labs, Linden MacIntyre tells the story of scientists - and what is at stake for Canadians - from Nova Scotia to the B.C. Pacific Coast to the far Arctic Circle. See: http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-silence-of-the-labs

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