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Harper government’s reckless and undemocratic muzzling of scientists: Toronto Star

Source: Toronto Star

Keeping Canadians in the dark by muzzling scientists is undemocratic; governing in the dark is reckless.

Apparently Stephen Harper is unmoved by the embarrassment of international reprobation.

It has been a year since Nature, one of the world’s leading scientific journals, chided the federal Conservatives for their antagonism to openness and declared, “It is time for the Canadian government to set its scientists free.”

Since then, other major international publications, including the Guardian and the Economist, have followed suit, calling on our government to take a more enlightened, democratic approach to scientific findings. Yet clearly not much has changed: the federal information commissioner is now considering a request to investigate the persistent and worsening problem of the government’s so-called muzzling of Canadian scientists.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/03/18/harper_governments_reckless_and_undemocratic_muzzling_of_scientists_editorial.html

New York Times urges Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

President Obama with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. February 19, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. February 19, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

US President Barack Obama should reject TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL dirty tar sands pipeline, The New York Times boldly declared in an editorial published last week. Reminding us that Obama pledged that “if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will”, the influential newspaper declared that it’s time for the president to say no to the pipeline.

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