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The War on science : muzzled scientists and wilful blindness in Stephen Harperʹs Canada /
Chris Turner.
imprint
Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2013.
description
170 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1771004312 (pbk.), 9781771004312
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imprint
Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2013.
isbn
1771004312 (pbk.)
9781771004312
contents note
March of the lab coats: the view from the street and the lab, spring-summer 2012 -- Landscape at twilight: the view from Parliament Hill, spring-summer 2012 -- From dawn to dusk: the scientific tradition in Canadian government, 1603-2011 -- The age of wilful blindness: science in the Harper majority years, May 2011-present -- Lost in the dark: the view from the museum, spring 2013 -- Selected chronology of Canadian science.
abstract
"In this arresting and passionately argued indictment, award-winning journalist Chris Turner argues that Stephen Harperʹs 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, Harperʹs government has effectively dismantled Canadaʹs 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 national commitment to the objective truth of basic science as old as Canada itself."--Publisherʹs website.
catalogue key
9043795
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-159) and index.
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"A blunt and evidence-based account of Harper's extreme ideological assault on science, reason and Canada's international reputation. Essential reading for all Canadians." Andrew Nikiforuk
"Canada is being remade before our eyes, and Chris Turner shows us how. With reason and research, he eloquently demonstrates how the Harper government is systematically dismantling the mechanisms of science and reason that have enabled this country to not only flourish but to earn the admiration of the world. In their place a New Canada is emerging, one in which unwelcome evidence is suppressed, dissenters are ostracized and ideology trumps rational thought. It's a Canada that I'll wager neither we nor our allies would have ever imagined possible, and the only thing more alarming than the speed with which it's happening is the passivity with which it's being allowed. The War on Science is an urgent book that anyone who cares about Canadathe idea, the nation, the democracyshould read." John Vaillant
"Chris Turner's revealing book should be required reading by all Canadians to understand the enormity of the Harper war against science so we can bring it to a halt." David Suzuki
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Main Description
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 argues 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 principlesof 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 End of the Enlightenment paints a vivid and damning portrait of a government that has abandoned environmental stewardship and severed a national commitment to the objective truth of basic science as old as Canada itself.
Main Description
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 argues 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 national commitment to the objective truth of basic science as old as Canada itself.
Main Description
" 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 argues 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 national commitment to the objective truth of basic science as old as Canada itself. "
Main Description
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 argues 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 national commitment to the objective truth of basic science as old as Canada itself.

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