Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Report on the Death of Evidence rally toda

Report on the Death of Evidence rally today: http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/115611-scientists-march-on-parliament-hill-to-protest-death-of-evidence "They chanted: No Science, No Evidence, No Truth, No Democracy."
Does 'death of evidence' warnings of Canadian scientists alarm you? http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/07/do-the-death-of-evidence-warnings-of-canadian-scientists-alarm-you.html ..."Some of the decisions that have distressed typically dispassionate scientists include:
-Scrapping the mandatory long-form census, which the journal Nature argued will lower the quality and raise the cost of information.
- Ending funding for the Polar Environmental Atmospheric Research Laboratory in Eureka, Nunavut, which has been tracking ozone depletion, air quality and climate change in the High Arctic since 2005.
-Cutting the departmental budgets of Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Library and Archives Canada, the National Research Council Canada, Statistics Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. · Closing the Experimental Lakes Area, a world-renowned research facility in northwestern Ontario.
- Deciding not to renew the national science adviser.
- Limiting access to federal government scientists, which some have called "muzzling" and which has drawn international attention
- Ending the National Roundtable on the Environment. Findlay says many in the scientific community suspect the federal government is deliberately thwarting their ability to gather evidence and bring facts forward during public debate.
For many, the sweeping changes contained in the Bill C-38 - on everything from the Fisheries Act to environmental assessments - pushed them to their breaking point."
And this is a video of the rally today: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Video+Death+Evidence+rally/6913158/story.html 
Another video of some of the speeches at the rally yesterday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeBHlS8Yl_k&feature=youtu.be 

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