The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness by Chris Turner

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 easy technological know-how, technological know-how conversation, environmental rules, and the environmental NGO group is the main vicious attack ever waged by means of a Canadian govt at the primary ideas of the Enlightenment. From the closure of Arctic study stations as oil drilling starts within the excessive Arctic to slashed examine budgets in agriculture, dramatic alterations 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 means of price range cuts and their colleagues in an NGO neighborhood more and more taken care of as an enemy of the kingdom, The struggle on technological know-how paints a bright and damning portrait of a central authority that has deserted environmental stewardship and severed a state.

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So why the handwringing? Why the canned text? Why use “no comment” as a default setting? Again, the whole incident only makes sense if it is viewed through the distorted lens of the Harper agenda’s logic: science itself is a problem in Stephen Harper’s Ottawa. Like pr flacks for an oil company prone to spills, the government’s media relations officers no longer trust scientists to avoid controversy, because the government’s whole agenda rests on a baseline disdain for certain kinds of science—environmental science, especially.

Indd 53 2013-08-15 12:41 PM 54 t he wa r on s cience political goals. Although the system was never flawless, its basic assumptions informed public policy in Canada more often than not—until the election of its twenty-second prime minister, Stephen Harper, in 2006. The ela is both a monument to the wisdom of the progressive tradition established by Borden and a case study in its legacy—its successes and limits, the enduring tension between mercantile and laboratory traditions, and the eclipse of the latter by the former in the Harper era.

His email query to the nrc, however, spent nearly a full day pinging from inbox to inbox, as communications officers fretted over the wording of their background materials, “massaged” replies, and debated whether an interview was necessary. The most senior communications bureaucrat in an eleven-message email chain eventually decided it wasn’t. The Citizen ran its story without comment from the nrc or anyone else in the Canadian government, making only passing mention of the nrc’s participation.

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