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Canadian Scientists Mourn The Death of Evidence

Canadian Scientists Mourn The Death of Evidence

The Harper Conservatives have fired scientists, cut programs and told experts what they can and cannot say to the media and now a group of Canadian scientists is fighting back.

As they come together in Ottawa for a biology conference, these professionals will gather on Parliament Hill on June 10 to mourn what they call the ‘Death of Evidence.’ They will hold a funeral procession from the conference center to Parliament Hill.

The organizers cite job cuts at Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Library and Archives Canada, the National Research Council, Statistics Canada and more as proof that this government does not care about evidence-based knowledge. They specifically mention the Conservative government’s decision to make the long-form census voluntary, which will make statistics less generalized and will have a major effect on research for years to come. There have also been cuts to grant programs which fund scientific research in all different fields.

The organizers plead:

If you are fed up with the closure of federal scientific programs and muzzling of scientists, if you think that decisions should be based on evidence and facts instead of ideology, then please come out and show your support.

Gary Goodyear, the Minister of State for Science and Technology, took exception to the way the government cuts have been portrayed by researchers and in the media, saying they are being exaggerated. He told Postmedia that his government is spending on science at “historic levels.” The spending, though, seems to go to scientists who agree with the government and are willing to keep quiet about their research.

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3:13AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Thank you for posting.

10:41AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Good Information!

9:27AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Someone sent me these wonderful photos from the march http://wildshots.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Media-Death-of-Evidence-rally/G0000IkcV1lVLJGk/I0000FQ3SMCTKIGY

8:17AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

there is something strange going on!! In Canada and the USA. This Harper Conservative government was voted in by less than 40% of the voters. As Canadians are progressives and proud of it Harper must know he will be booted out in the next election 3 years from now as Canadians won't stand for the dismantling of their Social System in place since the 60sh.
It is the same for the USA, the Republicans who are hell bend on loosing the next election.....but will they?
There's something afoot here. Harper and the Repubs know something we voters are not going to know till it's too late. The one thing I assume is massive vote irregularities in November in US and when the populace begins to figure it out there will be riots. Therefore all these 80 odd Camps of Fema, topped with barbed wire, will come in handy to house the millions of people who are not taking it any more. Harper must have similar plans as they are building more prisons yet even as the crime rate has fallen over several years.
Am I paranoid? Maybe but I just wanted to point out a few anamolies.

5:14AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

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3:44AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Oh goodness, what am I reading... Why does part of humanity want to go backwards?

8:04PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

For more about this, the CBC has a good article on the march:

Death of scientific evidence mourned on Parliament Hill

5:47PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

This is how it starts stop all thought and sciences teachers and the free thinkers,then disrupt the news calling everyone crazy that dont agree with the goverments assesment.then you ? if you know your history,it,s about 2 years later when they all start disapiering,never to be heard from again.the crown corperation of canada is tightening it,s grip.

5:40PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Even our Canadian neighbors, who I dearly love, are going nutsy-coo.

5:25PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Thanks for the information.

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