Conservative government’s war on science – This is a government beholden to big oil

Legacy of devastation documented by science librarian

No 758 Posted by fw, May 29, 2013

Science librarian John Dupuis has assembled “a chronology of all the various cuts, insults, muzzlings and cancellations that I’ve been able to dig up.”  Click on the following linked title to read his original account plus readers’ comments and updated observations and links. To read the original post only, scroll down to the reprint below.

The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment Posted by John Dupuis, ScienceBlogs, May 20, 2013

John Dupuis

John Dupuis

This is a brief chronology of the current Conservative Canadian government’s long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making. It is a government that is beholden to big business, particularly big oil, and that makes every attempt to shape public policy to that end. It is a government that fundamentally doesn’t believe in science. It is a government that is more interested in keeping its corporate masters happy than in protecting the environment.

As is occasionally my habit, I have pulled together a chronology of sorts. It is a chronology of all the various cuts, insults, muzzlings and cancellations that I’ve been able to dig up. Each of them represents a single shot in the Canadian Conservative war on science. It should be noted that not every item in this chronology, if taken in isolation, is necessarily the end of the world. It’s the accumulated evidence that is so damning.

Most of the items come from various links I’ve saved over the years as well as various other media articles I’ve dug up over the last week or so. This series at The Huffington Post has been particularly useful as has this article at the Wastershed Sentinal.

A long list of various environmental programs that the Harper government has discontinued or slashed funding to is here. I haven’t found individual media stories about all of them, so they aren’t in the list below. If you can help me find stories about some of those programs, etc, please let me know. As well, some stories are treated multiple times, with perhaps an initial story telling the big picture or introducing a large series of cuts and later stories fleshing out details.

This list is no doubt incomplete. There may also be link errors or duplications. In particular, if you have updates on any of the stories, including reversals or reprieves, I want to hear those too. Please feel free to make suggestions and corrections in the comments or to me at jdupuis at yorku dot ca.

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