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.

Update 2013.05.27: Undated list of science or environmental libraries closed is here: Natural Resources Canada is set to close six of fourteen libraries in 2012-2013, Parks Canada will consolidate 5 libraries into one, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Undated list of women’s programs cut since 2006, including many science or health-related, including: Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health


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.

Update 2013.05.23. I’ve noticed the large number of posts linking to this one and even a few basically republishing my list, links and all. Since a number of people seem to be finding the spreading of the information in this post useful, please consider it CC0. To the extent possible under law, I am waiving all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this post, The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment. This work is published from Canada.

Update 2013.05.27. Over thirty new items added to the list. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions either in the comments or via email.

Additionally, two quick points.

First, as to why this extended series of posts is named the way it is. I am mindful that this blog is hosted on a US-based site so my main aim is to make “The Canadian War on Science” both catchy and mostly meaningful to a broad audience. In that spirit, something like “The Canadian Conservative Government’s War on …” at least initially seemed to me to be too wordy. It’s also fairly common parlance to refer to the government of a foreign country, no matter the internal situation, just by that country’s name. When I say that “France is doing this” or “Japan is doing that,” I of course mean the French or Japanese governments. It’s a kind of shorthand, if you will, that makes more sense on a non-Canadian site where I’m talking about Canada. So, I’m sort of accepting that while this usage will be somewhat annoying to Canadians, it’s both a useful shorthand and the precedent I’ve set for myself.

Second, on scope. I’ve mostly stuck to the natural sciences, environment and some public health topics here rather than looking more broadly at how the Conservative government treats the humanities, social sciences, memory and heritage institutions and just generally any sort of evidence-based policy- or decision-making. That’s purely for reasons of focus and time. It was quite time-consuming to compile this list initially so I was quite aware of just getting it finished. I’ve also received a huge number of suggestions both in the comments and by email and checking and adding those has also been a significant task. While I have in the past blogged about the challenges at, say, Library and Archives Canada, I decided that that would be out of focus for the purposes of this list. I would definitely encourage anyone out there to tackle creating a broader or a differently focused one. I have put this list under a CC0 licences so please feel free to take what I’ve done as a starting point.

Update 2013.10.06. Fifty-two new items added to the list, as detailed here. If I’ve missed anything or there are any errors or if I’ve duplicated some items, please let me know.

Update 2014.10.24. Update with 140 new items, as detailed here. Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions.


  1. #1 Dan J. Andrews
    May 20, 2013

    Wow. Impressive list. I searched for some of the things I was familiar with (Kluane, PEARL, DFO) and you have them already listed (just thought of the CBC one, and yep, you have that too).

    There was something about muzzling of librarians that I didn’t see on your list, but perhaps that is covered within one of the articles. And Stats Canada has undergone some drastic cuts, and another round is supposed to be going on right about now (May 2013).

    I’m bookmarking this article for reference. Thank you for bringing it together into one place. As I remember other things I’ll check back and see if you have them listed already.

  2. #2 Cath@VWXYNot?
    Vancouver, BC
    May 20, 2013

    Thanks for putting this together.

    How about Harper’s April 2013 statement impugning those who would “commit sociology”? God forbid that we should try to understand the causes of anything!

  3. #3 Anonymous
    May 20, 2013

    All researchers were fired at the Canadian Space Agency.

  4. #4 Dave Mayhood
    May 20, 2013

    Damn good work. I can find no omissions that I know of. I have an immediate use for this in a conference talk I am preparing, will link to it, and will credit you accordingly. Thanks so much for compiling this.

    Not all of the Harper Government’s anti-science activities are program cuts. I wonder if you should include Oliver’s accusations of exaggeration against James Hansen, or his accusation that foreign-funded radicals are behind the fight against the Gateway pipeline, or that there is doubt that climate change will be severe. Or what about the Yukon MP who tried to pass off an unreviewed climate-denialist paper in support of a claim that polar bears are in no danger from global warming? Nah — that would be too sadistic.

    • #5 John Dupuis
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. If possible, I’d really appreciate it if people would add a citation to some sort of government or media source for the new items you suggest.

  5. #6 Anon
    May 21, 2013

    The plight of our environmental scientists is well known at home and abroad. Even our friends at StatsCan have received attention…but there are others, another comment alluded to it. In fact Harper does not want us ‘committing sociology’ or, social science research to be more accurate, if it might reveal inconvenient truths. The Addictions Research Centre, created in 1999, was also a victim of the 2012 budget. It is slated to close in 2014. The ARC is a research division of Correctional Service Canada where projects focused on drug use/abuse, mental health, addiction, & security-related issues at federal penitentiaries. It also was the centre of Aboriginal research for CSC, and the Service’s Aboriginal research champion position was cut as a result of the closure. Googling ‘Addictions Research Centre’ and CSC will produce a list of references, but all references to its existence have been removed from CSC’s website. Some can still be accessed through archived links (with the google search).
    I would be interested to know how many social scientists have been affected by the ‘war on science’…
    Thanks for the list and for your website; it’s great, I’ll be checking back in!

  6. #7 drjuliebug
    May 21, 2013

    Funding cuts like these do not prevent waste — THEY ARE WASTEFUL. They interrupt highly productive, groundbreaking research before it is finished.

    My former employer, the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (University of Guelph) was especially hard-hit when the Harper government de-funded its funding sources. BIO is the de facto home of DNA barcoding, and in itself a major triumph of Canadian science; it has long attracted systematists, ecologists, and laboratory methods specialists from around the world. But, the cuts to BIO devastated the International Barcode of Life project halfway through its existence, leaving both internal staff and external collaborators scrambling for funds to continue their work.

    DNA barcoding certainly has applications to industry. But, organizations like BIO/iBOL do the basic research that industry cannot do without — no one will make money from a technology unless the hard, unprofitable work of understanding the science and developing the methods is done first. The Harper government’s redirection of funds from basic research to industry is insidiously destructive in two ways. First, of course, it starves the basic science at its source — but second, it outsources corporate R&D to universities at a fraction of the cost. Where’s the incentive for industry to hire scientists and engineers if they can farm out the work to graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty at little or no cost?

  7. #8 John Weriuk
    May 21, 2013

    This is a push to end evidence-based policy making. Policy is to be based on political philosophy and religious views, although the latter has been kept bottled up for now…

  8. #9 Bill Day
    May 21, 2013

    This is such a sad story. We pay more attention to actors/actresses than our scientists. Steve please stop this behaviour.

  9. #10 Dave Mayhood
    May 21, 2013

    Further to my post above, here are just a few links supporting the claims, along with comments in some cases explaining why they should be included. My apologies for not including them in the original post, but as you can see, the numbers are many, and this is only a very small sample of them.

    Yukon Conservative MP accused of peddling ‘bogus’ information on polar bears (in which he uses climate denialist propaganda from a non-peer-reviewed paper, long discredited)

    Peter Kent refuses to correct Conservative MP’s crackpot views on polar bears

    Do the oilsands threaten our safe climate? Hansen’s “game over” vs Oliver’s “minuscule amount”

    Canadian oil minister Joe Oliver condemns climatologist James Hansen

    Defending Keystone, Canadian official rips top US climate scientist

    Joe Oliver slams scientist’s oilsands claims as ‘nonsense’

    Joe Oliver beats back accusations of climate change denial (you decide how successful that was)

    Oliver’s musings on climate science lead to testy exchange

    Academics warn Canada against further tar sands production

    Canadian economist takes his anti-oil sands message to Europe (in which Oliver describes climate scientists as “unrealistic”)

    Allowing tar sands oil into Europe would be a victory for ‘profit-before-planet’ politics warns Lorna Howarth (in which Oliver & Peter Kent lobby against the proposed European Fuel Quality Directive labelling tar sands fuels as “highly polluting” while Hansen & Mark Jaccard argue that it is)

    Meet the ex-Bay Streeter leading Tory charge against oil-sands opponents (in which Oliver only reluctantly admits that climate change is a serious issue)

    ‘Radical’ groups working against oilsands (in which Oliver fails to recognize that many opponents are scientists whose opposition stems from the high CO2 footprint of the tar sands) also see the follow-up, in which Oliver & Harper emphasize the alleged foreign funding of these “radicals”

    Energy industry letter suggested environmental law changes (in which science-based environmental laws are changed in favour of, and at the behest of the oil industry)

    Environmental charities ‘laundering’ foreign funds, Kent says I suggest that this and many, many other other attacks on environmentalists, including some of those noted above, are veiled attacks on science because many people conflate environmentalism with environmental science. I beileve the Harper Government is well aware of this, and takes advantage of it to discredit environmental science.

    Joe Oliver, Conservative Cabinet Minister, Says People Aren’t As Concerned About Climate Change (in which the people he refers to are climate scientists)

    And while I’m at it, here’s an extra. As an aquatic ecologist, I would argue that it would be difficult to find a less scientifically-justifiable place to dump toxic mine tailings than into lakes, because they then become a threat to everything downstream. Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites

  10. […] on another front, the government finds itself battling the impression that it is waging a war on science, which surely isn’t helping matters. Recent cuts at Agriculture Canada, for instance, will […]

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  12. #13 Paul
    New York
    May 21, 2013

    Making the case for the benefit of advanced scientific research can be controversial even amongst scientists. Often, the importance of research for research’s sake is seen as a luxury that can’t be afforded and which should be passed up in order to solve more pressing problems. But this is a short sighted point of view that would lead to a drying up of the well-spring of knowledge made possible by advanced scientific research on which more applied science relies. The following web-site a video tries to make that case with regard to a facility in New York:

  13. #14 John Dupuis
    May 21, 2013

    Thanks everyone. Keep the suggestions coming. I’ll likely update the post in a day or two.

    A couple of notes.

    First of all, to reiterate from above, any citation you can provide will save me time and energy.

    Second, I am trying to reign in the scope of this and focus on science rather than just the CPC’s more general war on evidence. So some suggestions I may not end up incorporating in the master list.

  14. #15 Isabel
    May 21, 2013

    Another little thing to add to the list…Environment Canada was charged, since 1995, to run the Biosphere, Environment Museum in Montreal – the ONLY environment museum in North America. This year, the government decided to save money and shut down the museum and all it’s educational programs. The programs included on site programs for school groups, as well as for the public…and videoconferences offered across the country and abroad.

  15. #16 John Hartz
    United States
    May 21, 2013

    John Dupuis: Kudos for putting this chronology together. The series of News Bulletins about the Alberta Tar Sands and Keystone XL pipeline that I have created for and posted on might contain some articles that you may wish to add to list.

  16. #17 Peter Siebenmorgen
    May 21, 2013

    Cuts at Stats Can have been significant, but the complete closure of the First Nations Statistical Institute has dramatically impacted a number of community-based research projects that I’m involved with. See:

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  19. #20 Norman Conrad
    Cowichan Bay, VI, BC
    May 21, 2013

    Astonishing here in the 21st century – devastating here in Canada – pathetic to the point of evil anywhere and anytime. BTW, hi Dave

  20. #21 DoingStuffOnline
    May 21, 2013

    Welcome to the neoliberal agenda folks – as a humanities scholar I’m used to seeing this kind of stuff; although it’s horrible, it’s fair time the rest of you got to see how ideologies operate when they’re connected to finance. What is baffling is that on the one hand the Con government lauds a ‘knowledge based economy’ as the means to long term economic and social stability, while on the other making these kinds of cuts. Then you remember it’s the word ‘economy’ which is the key – this is not an intellectual’s notion of economy as the entire process of cultural exchange and production, of which capital-based exchanges are merely a part – but only that which makes money. So knowledge is firmly entrenched in utility and money making without any connection to long term knowledge production and discovery. This is big business folks; government run like a crap corporation. In the humanities we’re used to doing nothing with nothing – doesn’t mean it’s right. I’m running an afternoon conference that involves c. 50 researchers and 4 universities tomorrow on about $200. Why? because that’s all we’ve got.

    And they wonder about the brain drain? Seriously, lists like these need to be compiled and published, but they need to be communicated effectively. They mean nothing to the blood 905 that sways the last election: you, scientists, and I, humanist, are simply ‘intellectuals’ whose work has no real impact or connection to the ‘lives of ordinary, “hard working”, canadians’. Until we’re able to beat THAT line, we’re doomed. Let’s turn our research eyes to the effects this kind of crap is having on canadian society as a whole – that knowledge for knowledge’s sake – in any form – is worthwhile, and that research culture with its peer review has the means to monitoring the crap without any help from the vacant world of corporate sleaze.

    Unless of course, you want to study gazebos, or are able to get grants from the PMO’s office if you misclaim expenses…

  21. #22 Scott Mellon
    May 21, 2013
  22. #23 CTurgeon
    May 21, 2013

    Is there any legal way for the public to force an election??? If not, I think that is a huge mistake in any democratic country. I’m ashamed of this government these are all the things that I did not like Bush for. How do we fix it???
    I’m starting to worry about my job which is publicly funded working with radioactive drugs….

  23. #24 Mike Bleakney
    May 21, 2013

    April 2012 – Closure of departmental libraries at PWGSC and HRSDC, and possibly others.

  24. #25 Mary Sanseverino
    May 22, 2013

    What about the spring 2012 cuts to Library and Archives Canada? I think it was sometime in April.

  25. #26 Sandy
    May 22, 2013

    It’s not enough to just keep the links. This gov’t is doing away with the information attached to them. Is anyone saving and compiling a hard-copy of each link?

  26. […] The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment […]

  27. #28 Constantine Thomas
    May 22, 2013

    I don’t disbelieve this list for a second. BUT… in the interest of completeness, what happens if you extend it back to before 2006? The Liberals certainly weren’t actively muzzling scientists and pushing an anti-science agenda like the Conservatives have been since then, but did they not cut any science funding/departments at all while they were in power? I’d expect to see a few cuts in the Liberal Era, but that the number would ramp up significantly once the Cons got in.

  28. #29 Jo McKay
    May 22, 2013

    good article, good list. #HarperMustResign …I get it that so many Canadians can not believe Harper could be so clearly in the pocket of Oil and Big money. He thinks politics is a game that does not actually do real or lasting damage; he thinks truly that his insight is better then all the science on the planet, and better then a majority of Canadians themselves. His word is the Economy-translation $ for those who are already rich; it trumps the needs and rights of people, the science, the rights of the environment, it trumps the future. For that he should not just be immediately fired, but also tried publicly for treason.

  29. #30 Canuck in the US
    United States
    May 22, 2013

    And working in these science departments has become intolerable. I fled to a US university. There are many people like me who are just quitting or taking early retirement. In fact, laying off all those people is a very costly undertaking with many getting more than one year of severance pay and additional training.

    Oddly, Harper is all about cutting etc yet his government can’t account for $3 billion dollars AND there is plenty of cash for his pet project: Office of Religious Freedoms!!

  30. #31 Scanner
    May 22, 2013

    Please do not forget the entire AECL fiasco that lead to the sale of this valuable agency to a criminal organization for a pitance. The firing of Linda Keen for doing her job by the odious Gary Lund was among the first tell-tales of how the Conservative Party of Canada regards Science:

  31. #33 Satellite
    Ottawa, ON
    May 22, 2013

    What about the Communications Research Centre? Did you know that more than 100 researchers on 400 were cut and they amalgamated the organization under the umbrella of the Department of Industry? They muzzled this organization under the name of reorganization.

  32. #34 Nancy Stevens
    Old Crow, YT
    May 22, 2013

    Another area I didn’t see in your list was the Aboriginal-specific services that were cut, such at the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Although they were not funded to engage in primary research, they and other bodies were excellent points of research dissemination for those of working in Aboriginal health fields.

  33. […] If anyone doubts the intellectual bankruptcy and anti-science bias of Canada’s government, show them this unexaggerated chronology,  compiled by John Dupuis for his blog, Confessions of a Science Librarian. […]

  34. #36 Ex Parky
    May 22, 2013

    Not sure how the axe to one of the world’s leading science-based conservation agencies was overlooked in this article. Parks Canada is still reeling from the slaughter:

  35. #37 Linda Leon
    May 22, 2013

    Thank you. Thank you.

  36. #38 Amanda Quance
    May 22, 2013

    NRC – where no new research is being done, unless it is at the behest of business, and from where scientists are leaving in droves…

  37. […] But the story of the last 48 hours has been John Dupuis’s chronology of what he calls, “The Canadian war on science” and much more. You can read it there if you also want to see John’s analysis of what’s behind […]

  38. #40 Az Klymiuk
    May 22, 2013

    May, 2012:

    Internationally renowned microfungus collection (UAMH) faces drastic cuts.

  39. #41 John Weriuk
    May 22, 2013

    Constantine Thomas – “I don’t disbelieve this list for a second. BUT”

    John Dupuis is not making this stuff up. It is your precious Reform/Conservative Party of Canada at work. So, go look in the mirror.

    I sent this blog to a friend now living in the UK who holds a Masters of Engineering in Alternative Energy Technology. His reply:
    “That [list] below reads like catastrophic road accident, where all of those involved and many a bystander die. Canada produces some excellent research and science, yet it’s sycophantic cabal of politicians and industry lobbyists are doing their utmost to undermine matters at the expense of the majority and future generations, so that they can line their pockets and feather their nests. Who on Earth votes for these philistines?

    Depressing stuff.”

  40. #43 Courtney
    May 22, 2013

    How about all the action trying to shut down InSite in Vancouver?
    I guess that is health but it is science as well.

  41. #44 Buck
    May 22, 2013

    Cutting a budget is NOT anti science. Most of the points in the actual list are BUDGETING, not a war on science. Basically this article is an attack on math and a war on finance.

  42. #45 Jennifer
    May 22, 2013

    Thank you for compiling this list.

  43. #46 Robin
    May 22, 2013

    Thank you for doing this…I am a retired chemist/science teacher who has been shocked and dismayed about this terrible travesty in our country. I am glad that you are publicizing this and making people aware of the cutbacks and closures that have decimated our science programs and scientific research particularly in the Environmental field. The general public is not aware of this and will be shocked when it finally impacts their way of life: quality of water, air and food supply. I am worried that we will never be able to mend the damage that this Conservative government (ie: Harper) has done.

  44. #47 Aiden N.
    Vancouver Island, B.C.
    May 22, 2013

    Very impressive list…………

    But it should have included the elimination of the current
    P.M.’ s JOB……………..

  45. #48 MM
    May 22, 2013

    Ongoing hiring freeze on all “non-essential” science positions.

    Despite knowing we’re anticipating a high retirement rate over the next few years, all junior positions are considered non-essential, so senior positions are retiring without time to transfer knowledge to (non-existent) incoming juniors. While thankfully the emeritus scientists are proving to be very friendly about answering questions post-retirement, the problem is going to escalate with the true impact of knowledge loss showing up when it’s too late to reverse or fix the problem.

  46. #49 Doug Webb
    Powell River, BC
    May 22, 2013

    History will remember Harper as an environmental criminal. He is setting the stage for disaster by preventing Canadians from learning the truth about the environment. He gives lip service to Climate Change then takes actions that will make it far worse. Every oil spill should carry the moniker Steven Harper Oil Spill number 1, 2, 3… etc.

    All oil spills will ultimately be the fault of Steven Harper because he shepherded building the infrastructure that made the spill possible.

  47. #50 Jana
    May 22, 2013

    I appreciate awareness being brought to many of the issues and also that there are many changes happening to environment and science in Canada, however; many of the linked articles do not list their sources and therefore lacking the facts that support the enclosed claims.

  48. #51 Kevin G Haskell
    United States
    May 22, 2013

    I advocate that, to stop the threat of Climate Change, environmentalists lead human changes by example. That’s what people take notice of most. First, they should spread the word via the Internet that they are voluntarily going to have themselves sterilized. Second, that they publicly state that they absolutely refuse to further participate in the consumerist society by giving up anthing that isn’t hand made or organically grown. Finally, they should make a final, collective statement that achnowledges the massive use of electricity the global Internet uses, and they are formally rejecting its further use because it is harming nature. Other people all around the world do it, so there is zero reason why doing this, and not just talking about it, can be done. A global statement like this can be made and follwed if people start doing this in groups at a time, until the masses follow the intellectual leadership, again , and by necessity, by example. This is the only way to succed at saving the planet.

  49. […] Dupuis’ May 20, 2013 posting (on his Confessions of a Science Librarian blog), mentioned by both Nassif and Plait, provides an […]

  50. #53 John Dupuis
    May 22, 2013

    Once again, thanks everyone for your suggestions. I will get around to add all the new and relevant ones to my list as soon as I get a chance.

  51. #54 Nilima Nigam
    May 22, 2013

    Thank you for compiling this.

  52. #55 Yvan Dutil
    May 22, 2013

    You can add the cut at the Mont Mégantic Observatory. The uproar was so intense (the was even a motion at the Québec National Assembly) that some as been found elsewhere.

  53. […] A post by John Dupuis on Science Blogs seems to think so and it started over 7 years ago: The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment – Confess…. […]

  54. #57 Libi Lancia
    May 22, 2013

    Great job John!

  55. #58 Joshua Chalifour
    Montreal, QC, Canada
    May 22, 2013

    Good article, you captured so much.

    But it’s also due to one party: Harper’s Conservative party, which in spite of winning a majority government only represents a minority of Canadians–most voted for other parties. The Conservatives have carried out an incredibly destructive strategy to the positive Canada of old.

    One thing, the title of this post is a little misleading as this is not a Canadian war on science but Harper’s Conservatives’ war on science and most Canadians are opposed (if you follow party lines).

  56. #59 Blaine A
    Sylvan Lake, AB
    May 22, 2013

    Ever wonder where the Conservative government’s cuts to Science and environment went?

    – $4.2 Million to the Newman Theological College
    – $3.2 million to Youth for Christ in Winnipeg
    – $192,000 to the world of Truth Christian Center
    – $495,600 to Wycliffe Bible Translators
    -$357,146 to Chakam School of the Bible Inc.
    – $198,951 to National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith International Centre of Canada
    – $84,110 to Eastside Church of God
    – $2.9 million to Redeemer University College
    – $2.614 million to Trinity Western University
    – $1,0 million to Global Kingdom Ministries Community Center, Toronto
    – $544,813 to Crossroads Christian Communications”

  57. #60 Gina
    Toronto, Ontario
    May 22, 2013

    Environment Canada has faced very steep cuts in funding over the last few years.

    Environment Canada job cuts raise concerns (Aug. 2011)

    Canada’s ozone science group falls victim to government cuts (Oct. 2012)

  58. #61 Dhrubo
    May 22, 2013

    Scientific decision making is like blowing atom bombs. From the beginning to the end, it is 99% scientific. But no one asked whether having a monopolistic institution called government is scientific in the first place.

  59. #62 r
    May 22, 2013

    pardon me for being dense but what does closing the kits coast guard station have to do with science? it’s unpalatable for sure, but other than that what?

  60. #63 Randy Reichardt
    University of Alberta, Edmonton
    May 22, 2013

    John, this is a brilliant post. Thank you so much for listing all of this in one place. Your work in compiling this is exemplary. I want you to know how much it is appreciated. – Randy

  61. #64 Rick Ast
    May 23, 2013

    Brilliant compilation John!! Thanks!
    Here are a couple more items that you might include in your list.

    Stuffed into omnibus Bill C-38

    The Harper government is in the process of dismantling the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA – a division of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), terminating its programming, and selling off its assets, like Community Pastures and the Tree Farm.

    The Tree Farm (Agroforestry Development Centre), established as a tree nursery in 1901 by the Laurier gov’t at Indian Head, SK, produces trees and shrubs (provided at no cost) for agroforestry plantings (shelter belts) on agricultural land in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and in the Peace River region of British Columbia. It is further dedicated to producing new knowledge and better understanding of trees and agroforestry practices through research projects at regional, national and international levels.

    The Community Pastures System is a federal program that has worked well for over 75 years to the benefit of farmers, wildlife habitat, and prairie ecology in numerous ways.
    It covers 87 pastures, including approximately 2.3 million acres, of which 62 pastures, including 1.78 million acres, are in Saskatchewan. See Also see Trevor Herriot’s Globe and Mail piece from April 6, 2013 at

    March 27, 2013
    Decision to legally withdraw from the UN Convention to Combat Drought and Desertification (UNCDD) makes Canada the only nation on the planet not to be part of the multilateral effort to help farmers deal with drought.

  62. #65 Anon
    May 23, 2013

    I see twice where you have asked for links, so I’m following up on my earlier post about the Correctional Service Canada’s Addictions Research Centre, which is the only one of its kind worldwide:

    Canada’s only facility dedicated to investigating the connection between criminality and addiction is closing.

    The role of the Addictions Research Centre is:
    …to advance the management of addiction issues in criminal justice towards the goal of contributing to public protection. The Centre is committed to enhancing corrections policy, programming and management practices on substance abuse through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and expertise.

    “Staff at the facility have been undertaking key research into addictions within the Aboriginal population, which remains a serious problem in Aboriginal communities across the country,” she says. “Eliminating this key work will do nothing but cause further hardship for Aboriginal communities and families struggling with addictions.”

  63. #66 DH Morgan
    May 23, 2013

    The same funding cuts that affected the ELA affected the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre ( – actually on that page (as I think you know) there are other articles linked.

    The cuts to Parks Canada budgets should be listed- drastic and significantly affecting research in Parks (no cite at hand…)

    thanks – great list


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  65. #69 Jay
    May 23, 2013
  66. #70 Sean
    May 23, 2013

    Great work, I look forward to keeping track of this as you update. You may want to contrast the Canadian muzzling of scientists with the US policy encouraging scientists to contact the media and allowing scientists to speak publicly and freely about their work:

  67. #71 Jo
    May 23, 2013

    I like this. I think you should make a list of all the “for” science policies implemented by the conservative government as well. This would balance out the perspective a bit more and make everyone more informed.

  68. #72 B Bau
    Coquitlam, BC
    May 23, 2013

    Oh man, fantastic work. PLEASE keep this around, and continue to build it!! Break this out come the next Federal Election! Our country needs this evidence thrown in our faces to remind us what we’re doing to ourselves!

  69. […] Dupuis posts on Scienceblogs. He has one up that supports my recent post “Who Needs Science, Anyway.” He links to examples of […]

  70. #74 Dave
    Vancouver, Canada
    May 23, 2013

    Hey John, thanks for this!
    I’ve taken the liberty of charting the numbers from the list in this post (I couldn’t actually locate a similar larger list at the link you included). Anyway, if you have any suggestions or corrections, shoot them along:

  71. #75 Peter G. Wells
    Halifax, NS.
    May 23, 2013

    You have done a great service compiling this list, as depressing a task as it surely was. I hope it gets wide distribution. I am sending it to the Save Ocean Science group in St. Andrews, NB, which is trying to save the DFO marine sciences library from closure.

  72. #76 Peter G. Wells
    Halifax, NS
    May 23, 2013

    Your readership may find my article in the Marine Pollution Bulletin (Editorial, April 2013) of interest. It is not as comprehensive as portrayed in your list but attempts to point to the crisis in the aquatic sciences we are facing under this government. It is time for another major protest!!

  73. […] Posted by John Dupuis – Confessions of a Science Librarian at Science Blogs: […]

  74. #78 michael
    May 24, 2013

    Harper! or as we call him here in the States “Bush Light” and his quasi religious conservative fruitcake administration (thanks in no small part to the selfishness south of you) is going to ruin your otherwise beautiful country…..DO NOT LET HIM….vote these fools out….and if that does not work, quit being pussies and get out into the street and take your country back. We here south of you are just now beginning to step up to the plate and are slowly getting offended by the stupidity, arrogance, and selfishness of the previous administration. I know that Canadians in general are easy going, polite folks….but, now is not the time for that….God damnit…..GET F*CKING MAD ALREADY!

  75. #79 B.Peyto
    May 24, 2013

    There we substantial reductions (25-50%) at Parks Canada in May of last year, large numbers of park ecologists, resource management technicians, and support staff were either terminated or reduced to season employment.

  76. […] politics of science, we will just get played by those who do” says Alice Bell. It can lead down a road of ruin for […]

  77. […] for the National Geographic sponsored site Science Blogs. In a recent post, Dupuis provides a time line of changes made to funding and support of science since the Canadian Conservative Party took power in […]

  78. #82 Jenn
    May 24, 2013

    Depressing. But thank-you for the compilation.

  79. #83 Mike
    May 25, 2013

    I think you should include the changes to the Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit program, that have reduced it’s effectiveness in helping Canadian companies innovate.

  80. #84 Weekend Links | TRIA
    May 25, 2013

    […] John Dupuis accuses Canada of discouraging scientific research. […]

  81. […] For some inexplicable reason this makes me feel slightly better: […]

  82. #86 Jim Ronback
    Tsawwassen, BC
    May 25, 2013

    Port Metro Vancouver, a federal entity, does the environmental assessments on its own projects on its lands and dismantles FREMP.

    Artist on sustainability harassed by the federal government.

  83. #87 Terry Moran
    May 25, 2013

    Thank you so much!

    I’ve been talking about this since Harper started muzzling climate scientists, now I have my backup at one location.


  84. […] For some inexplicable reason this makes me feel slightly better: […]

  85. #89 Aiden N.
    Campbell River., B.C.
    May 25, 2013

    Excellent compilaton…….. Keep it up…. Everyone….. ! ! ! ! !

  86. #90 Msmcecelia
    May 26, 2013

    Immense losses…..scientific studies of orcas and chemical pollutants by Dr. Peter Ross .
    May 2012

  87. #91 micro job
    May 26, 2013

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I believe that you should write much more on this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but usually individuals are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  88. […] The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment – The terrible evidence of an attack on evidence. […]

  89. […] The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment […]

  90. […] The Canadian War on Science.  Sigh. Doesn’t make me so proud to be Canadian. […]

  91. #95 Don
    Charleston, SC, US
    May 27, 2013

    Great list, would love to see this in the US as well. BTW, what does women’s health have to do with a “war on science” ?

  92. #96 V. Jobson
    May 27, 2013

    This Topsy website is handy to search out out twitter hashtags, though I’m not sure the date sorting works properly when you are looking at the tweets for all time:
    has 3516 tweets using #unmuzzlescience

    3092 for #deathofevidence

    Other hashtags include: #saveELA (over 6000) #savePEARL (150)

  93. #97 Kennedy Stewart
    May 27, 2013

    Don’t forget the Conservatives voting against the NDP opposition day motion on basic science and funding for the Experimental Lakes Area –

  94. #98 V. Jobson
    May 27, 2013

    This is off on a tangent but I think anything in politics & Arctic science should be watched: Charles Monnett is an American scientist who was under investigation for handling gov’t money, or maybe for reporting on dead polar bears – it’s complicated. Defenders said he was being harassed; and he was mostly cleared except for having released some documents he shouldn’t have:

    Some allegations had a Canadian connection, that he helped U of Alberta scientist Andrew Derocher write a proposal for a government contract:

    Which caused a delay in Derocher’s project funding:

    I don’t know if there is a specific Canadian government connection in this case, but climate change deniers like WUWT have criticized Derocher for saying polar bears are in danger, and I think the Harper Conservatives tend to listen to deniers.

  95. #99 V. Jobson
    May 27, 2013

    Just a little more about Monett: US science blogger Eli Rabett blogged quite a bit about Monnett:

    including suggesting the whole thing was connected to Shell wanting to drill in the Arctic, and to internal politics:

  96. #100 V. Jobson
    May 27, 2013

    Erg, new article today:

    “The federal government is quietly removing in situ oilsands operations from the list of projects covered by its environmental assessments branch…”

  97. […] 2013/05/20: Confessions: The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronologic… […]

  98. #102 A.T. Pope
    Toronto, ON
    May 27, 2013

    They’ve attempted to suppress scientists @ Health Canada for years too as you may have heard about |

  99. #103 David
    Kingston ON
    May 28, 2013

    Given the digital nature of so much of the record of the work of shut-down, cut and muzzled individuals and organizations, Sandy’s 22 May question:
    ” It’s not enough to just keep the links. This gov’t is doing away with the information attached to them. Is anyone saving and compiling a hard-copy of each link?” provokes another:
    Is the CPC deliberately also at war against the HISTORY of Canadian science?

  100. #104 Fishyfellow
    May 28, 2013

    June 5 2008: Harper Government commissioned Independent Panel of Experts on Transferring Federal Non-Regulatory Laboratories makes recommendations on divesting of government laboratories.

  101. #105 Ursula Easterbrook
    Tsawwasswn, BC
    May 29, 2013

    I don’t even know what to say! It is shocking – but those of who have been watching, have known how much damage the Harper Gov’t has done – but I didn’t realize the whole extent!
    Yes, this needs drastic action to make an effort to reverse the trend – that’ll take a few years!
    What to do?
    I agree with Michael from Arizona that “Canadians in general are easy going, polite folks….but, now is not the time for that….God damnit…..GET F*CKING MAD ALREADY! ” Please!

  102. #106 E. Brown
    London UK
    May 29, 2013

    As a Canadian expat abroad I find this heartbreaking, and am baffled that ‘noone’ seems to notice or care. Where is the outrage? I’m shocked, saddened and ashamed that there’s so little effective political opposition.

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

  104. #108 Pieter Basedow
    May 30, 2013

    thanks to John for this incredible blog ! I am with an organization called Scientists for the Right to Know ( currently compiling a time line and saving all the links John provided as PDF’s ( I already came across links which disappeared). I urge concerned people to become members of our organization as we are planning a series of events starting this fall in Toronto to bring the issue of the muzzling of science to the community at large. Thanks

  105. #109 V. Jobson
    May 30, 2013

    Pieter Basedow in #108 Your website lacks some important information such as who you are and any evidence that you are a legitimate organization.

    Why would anyone pay a substantial fee to join your group when there are no board members or member organizations listed?

  106. #110 Pieter Basedow
    May 31, 2013

    V. Jobson, Scientists for the Right to Know is a new advocacy organization. A lot of the members are from Science for Peace at University of Toronto ( We will shortly re-arrange the website as our primary concern was to even have a website. Thank you for your much valued feedback !

  107. #113 V. Jobson
    June 3, 2013

    Pieter Baselow, thanks for your response. It pays to be wary, because there are so many astroturf groups out there, especially about climate science. I do support your group’s aims.

    If your group is a registered charity that issues tax receipts for donors, there is probably certain information that should be on your website; but if it is for advocacy, can it be a registered charity?

    I’ve run across this website which is new to me, but which looks legitimate to me, and which may have some useful information for you in setting up things:

  108. […] -La guerre canadienne contre la science, une chronologie – The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment:… […]

  109. #115 Pieter Basedow
    June 7, 2013

    Hi V.Jobson,
    I have taken your advice and our website for Scientists for the Right to Know is now updated !
    We are in the process of incorporating as a not for profit corporation not as a charity since our aim is advocacy work.

  110. #116 V. Jobson
    June 8, 2013

    Pieter Basedow, that looks great! Good luck with it!

    One minor thing, on the About page the link to the May 29, 2013 article needs fixing

  111. […] post. Heed his warning that we will feel the impact of these cuts hopefully only for decades. Click here to read the entire article and please share with those who care in order to quickly minimize the […]

  112. #118 Ray Truant
    Hamilotn, Canada
    June 11, 2013

    Thanks for compiling this list, hopefully, it can be used as a touchstone for the media to bring this issue to the voters of Canada. Serious issues like this are being discarded in the press lately in favour of tabloid journalism for various scandals, that are really not important and only offer distraction.
    I would add the planned reformation of the CIHR grants program to that list. as it will contribute to a serious setback in biomedical research in Canada.

  113. […] Found this blog post about the government’s war on science. It has a short 6 paragraph introduction and then lists the actions against science.  Printed the whole article take about 6 pages. Read it and weep. […]

  114. […] able to conduct such studies. That used to be the case in Canada too. Our present government seems determined to put a stop to that, both by cutting funds for essential data collection (such as the long form census) and secondly […]

  115. […] devastating’ cuts to Canadian science Three weeks ago, York University librarian John Dupuis posted a story in “Confessions of a Science Librarian,” his personal blog, which aimed to show what he […]

  116. #122 R. Becker
    June 18, 2013

    “Canada is the only country in the world sneaking out the back door on the UN Convention Against Drought.”
    From Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich -Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada

  117. […] University Librarian at York University, speaks with News Now’s Maggie Reid about the Canadian war on science. Dupuis talks about his recent blog post that went viral which catalogued the Conservative […]

  118. #124 R. Becker
    June 28, 2013

    The steep costs of funding cuts . Four scientists and the results of funding cuts on the significance of their work.

  119. #125 R. Becker
    June 28, 2013

    Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands , and leader of the Green Party of Canada Is very involved in this issue.

  120. […] is ripping that up at a truly astonishing rate. If you have any doubts take a look at this post: The Canadian War on Science. It is, as the subtitle says, a long and devastating chronological indictment, and as far as I am […]

  121. #127 Clay Eccles
    July 11, 2013

    Good work John. Thank you.

  122. […] can help keep. York University science librarian John Dupuis joins us to discuss what he calls the Canadian government’s War on Science. And Chris MacDonald director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program at Ryerson […]

  123. […] • The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment (Science Blogs) • The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM): The History of a Failed Revolutionary Idea in Finance? […]

  124. #130 Name Withheld
    Ottawa ON
    July 18, 2013

    Government’s priorities are all mixed up. Billions more for big businesses, under the pretense of it being repayable and creating jobs. Transparency in Ottawa is at an all time low. See “The Harper Tories’ multibillion-dollar transparency problem”

  125. #131 Brin
    July 20, 2013

    It is important to keep Insite in this list. It is one of the most heavily and carefully researched health facilities in the world and the Tories are not only completely ignoring the peer reviewed data, they have set up a bogus health pr organization to send out phony rebuttals. Serious stuff.

  126. #132 Stupid
    Squamish BC
    July 29, 2013

    Thanks for the article but it is so sad to read. What are those of us unemployed, passionate scientists to do? All I want to do is learn and improve the world, why isn’t that valued anymore?

  127. #133 Denis Roy
    Val d'Or
    August 2, 2013

    For those who understand French, find at the URL below an interesting comparison between american conservatism during Franklin D. Roosevelt era and Harper’s governement. Hard not to link the two…

  128. […] has created a burgeoning narrative that this government hates science in general. Check out “The Canadian War on Science” on a widely-read science blog. Or Jonathan Gatehouse’s article in this magazine, one […]

  129. […] by this list of Harper’s cuts to science, I thought I would make a series of blog posts looking at all the cuts, why they are harmful to our […]

  130. #136 Dan J. Andrews
    August 26, 2013

    Don’t know if you’d want to put this under the war on science as it may seem less than far-reaching, but they’re cutting funds to a BC observatory (link below). This is possibly the result of the government’s stance that they’re going to focus on science that results in a short-term monetary gain (as opposed to “blue-sky” research where applications of a discovery may not be fully realized till years to decades after the discovery…e.g. Rutherford would be amazed to see what his discoveries led to).

  131. […] is explained in great detail at Confessions of a Science Librarian, where John Depuis has amassed a vast and depressing catalog of Conservative-led attacks on science in […]

  132. […] JOHN DUPUIS and reblogged from Confessions of a Science Librarian concentrates on the Harper agenda regarding “natural sciences, environment and some public health […]

  133. […] Dupuis reposted from ScienceBlogs, May 20, […]

  134. #140 Patricia
    Italy Cross Nova Scotia
    September 18, 2013

    We should put the end of this government at the next election, this is terrible . How can a country that is suppose to be a free country have this done to its science projects, this is a WAR on science.

  135. #141 Judith Nagata
    September 22, 2013

    An impressive (and useful for future reference) account of Harper’s accomplishments in the gradual dismantling of Canada in so many dimensions. Work needs to be done on distilling and compressing the most egregious issues into twitter length punchy sound bites, ready to be brought out for the next election. We have to capture the attention of normally docile and politically shy Canadians, with this kind of shock doctrine.
    I would also add another to the list of Harper’s sins: maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall seeing mention of the vicious attacks on the CBC–another professional/scientific messenger of inconvenient truths for the Harper agenda.

  136. […] May 20, 2013: The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment […]

  137. […] are still citizens and this pattern of governmental silencing of critics (which we can also see in our federal government’s war on science, and the muzzling of librarians at Library and Archives Canada) is something that we should be […]

  138. […] dept. FuzzNugget writes“A contributor at has compiled and published a shockingly long list of systematic attacks on scientific research committed by the Canadian government since the conservatives came to power in 2006. This […]

  139. […] interested can read this article, or search the “Science” tag on this […]

  140. […] 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. Read Article […]

  141. #147 Jeremy
    October 17, 2013

    This is scary and beyond criminal, I stopped reading after 2011 sick to my stomach. Why this is not known as the biggest failure of the Harper government is beyond me. I mean you feel disgruntled when you hear a little bit on the news but when it is all put together it is clear there is a war on science in it prime Webster definition.
    knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation

  142. […] more links to Conservative government cuts to environmental research, see John Dupuis’ detailed timeline of all cuts to Canadian science since 2006. Or read Chris Turner’s recently-released book, […]

  143. […] can tell you, the Harper Government here in Canada is currently spending a lot of time and money muzzling and silencing their scientists who might talk about inconvenient things like climate change. So we know very […]

  144. […] can tell you, the Harper Government here in Canada is currently spending a lot of time and money muzzling and silencing their scientists who might talk about inconvenient things like climate change. So we know very […]

  145. […] PhD to oppose the closing of the ELA, where she performed her fieldwork. Turner also mentioned the meticulous chronological documentation of the government’s campaign against science compiled by John Dupuis, science and engineering librarian at York […]

  146. #152 Dorothy N.
    November 28, 2013

    Was just led here and am so grateful to see someone compiling some of the disaster Harper’s created – hope it gets publicized for any not yet aware!

    We need to get the UN in as observers well prior to Federal elections and prevent any more ‘smart’-ALEC cheaters from getting in, assuming any Canada remains by then…

  147. […] of worldwide environmental criticism. He bristles at the accusation he is anti-environmental, and anti-science. But his actions give credence to the The New York Times accusation that the Canadian government is […]

  148. #154 Mackenna
    December 11, 2013

    Fantastic list! I suggest everyone with a twitter/facebook account alert people of the URL. The opposition parties should be linking to it as well.

  149. […] All of this has led government scientists and their supporters to protest in the Stand Up For Science demonstrations held first in Ottawa and then across the country. The protests were against both muzzling and government cuts to various science projects. (You can read about those at this hyperlink.) […]

  150. #156 Shoebutton
    December 24, 2013

    “Scientists say the closure of some of the world’s finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever.”

  151. #157 Shoebutton
    December 31, 2013

    Reactionary Blues by Charlie Angus & Grievous Angels
    (Charlie Angus is an NDP MP)

  152. #158 Can't Say
    Can't tell
    January 3, 2014

    Very interesting article.
    Most likely, as per the crimes they commit, they are making science (knowledge) a matter of National Security in order to further oppress Canada and the world. This along with an unnecessary (illegal?) tax system , Unconstitutional Morality laws [Marijuana laws, Prostitution laws etc (like them or not.)] and a Justice system that spreads Social Injustice and Legal Inequality.
    (New Oxford American Dictionary) Constitution – A constitution is a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed. How can a Constitution with a not-withstanding cause be Constitutional in any Country?
    As a victim of Government experimentation myself, (Exposed to Mutagens as a fetus, infant and toddler in what the Canadian government called an experiment.) and now old enough to understand that I (my family) have also been (a) victim(s) of Human trafficking, at the hands of Canadian Civil Servants and Canadian Organized Crime. ( And in at least one case – A crown prosecutor and their in-laws, members of Canada’s Hells Angels.) Funny how I am facing more Social injustice and legal inequality today in a court (civil), in a city, were this Crown Prosecutor works.

    I believe that the war on science, war on drugs, war on terror etc, are actually smaller battles in the War on Freedom and Democracy being waged against humanity by Anarchists Corporations, Government officials, civil servants, unions and organized crime. This does not include all members of the above groups, but enough to influence the majority and to allow the work of a Dr. Joseph Mengele to continue today.(Of course with Science Knowledge and education being for the privileged few)

  153. #159 lorne50
    Red Deer Alberta Canada
    January 5, 2014

    Yes I really don’t know what is up with deniers they don’t believe in the loc ness monster or the moon landings or that 9-11 happened and don’t get me started on GMO’s or vaccine’s and really why would anyone be a denier of big foot ?

  154. #160 Shoebutton
    January 5, 2014

    The Fifth Estate has a “Silence of the Labs” on Friday January 10th

  155. #161 Maisie Dargos
    January 5, 2014

    I welcome these cuts.This planet has to be driven to the brink of disaster before anyone will act. Stephen Harper is pushing as hard as he can and I will support him in every cut to science and knowledge that he makes.

  156. […] The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment […]

  157. #164 Carmen Kazakoff-Lane
    Brandon, Manitoba
    January 10, 2014

    I have been aware on the War on Science for some time now but only this week really was made aware of how badly the dispersion of content in this unique collections has occurred. We have lost a treasure of a few paltry dollars. Thank you for your work on this issue and for the contributions by posters who also aided in this creation of a bibliography of events.

  158. #165 Carmen Kazakoff-Lane
    Brandon, Manitoba
    January 10, 2014

    One correction “We have lost a treasure for a few paltry dollars.”

  159. #166 Gillian Butler
    January 12, 2014

    TORONTO STAR editorial Dec. 8, 2009

    If Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to end funding to KAIROS, one of Canada’s well-known organizations promoting social justice, his government owes a better explanation than the feeble one on offer.

    KAIROS has a 35-year history of working with Ottawa. It spends about $4 million a year lobbying for social change at home and abroad, supported by members of the United, Anglican, Catholic and other Christian churches. Until last week the Canadian International Development Agency provided about 40 per cent of its budget.

    KAIROS’s overseas projects include providing health care, schooling, and legal services to Colombian women; lobbying for peace in war-torn Sudan; and helping Congolese rape victims. It also educates Canadians on global aid issues.

    But the group has also been active on the domestic front and has criticized the Conservatives’ policies on climate change and the Alberta oilsands, aboriginal rights, mining practices, trade and immigration.

    Last week we learned that CIDA has rejected KAIROS’s bid for $7.1 million for 2009-2013. KAIROS was told only that its longtime work no longer meets “CIDA’s current priorities.” In fact, says KAIROS, CIDA staff found the bid met their criteria and sent it to International Development Minister Bev Oda for approval.

    Canada’s aid priorities are shifting, to be sure. Ottawa has refocused our $4.7 billion foreign aid budget on three critical areas: boosting food production, promoting economic growth and improving the lives of young people. CIDA’s partners will have to adapt. Yesterday, facing pointed questions in Parliament, Oda lamely noted that that CIDA still funds other church groups that deliver health care, schooling, food and water. “Tough decisions will have to be made,” she added.

    Maybe so. But organizations such as KAIROS deserve a credible explanation, a fair shake, and time to reshape or wind down programs. Otherwise Oda’s “tough choices” will look like “payback” from a government that brooks no criticism of its agenda.

    Vern White
    Office of Jean Crowder, MP

  160. #167 Allan Beveridge
    January 13, 2014

    You have done a great service, John!! Canadians owe you a debt of gratitude for your efforts and I certainly thank you personally for it!. Further, I will share it at every opportunity I get. I do hope someone has taken up researching the areas you did not have time to (areas you mentioned near the end).

    Keep up the good work, it is very important!

  161. […] by the so-called Conservative government to subject research to the whims of policy. This active destruction of information by definition blinds policymakers and researchers to the full extent of the costs of […]

  162. […] This does not look good. […]

  163. #170 Juliet Wakelam
    United Kingdom
    January 15, 2014

    Good Grief ——— speechless……………….!

  164. […] particular post, The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment has been accessed over 50,000 times and deserves many more views. He is planning an update in the […]

  165. […] weeks ago, York University librarian John Dupuis posted a story in “Confessions of a Science Librarian,” his personal blog, which aimed to show what […]

  166. #173 John Harvey
    Melbourne, Australia
    January 20, 2014

    Along the lines of the bitter irony in the words “government that fundamentally doesn’t believe in science” (science is knowledge, not belief) it seems the Canadian government is a “guiding light into an age of darkness”. Unfortunately we seem to have the same disease in Australia now since our change to a “conservative” government.

  167. #174 Shoebutton
    January 20, 2014

    Health Canada’s libraries are being shut down. If it goes the way of the Fisheries and Oceans libraries decades of research will be either inaccessible to scientists, or destroyed:

  168. […] There has been a lot of concern that since the conservatives have come into power in Canada, science has increasingly come under attack. Progressively, institutions that oversee environmental and health monitoring have had substantial layoffs. Some of the most highly publicized events are the removal of funding towards Polar Environmental Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) , and the elimination of funding for the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). Recently, there has been the closure of several Department of Fishery and Oceans (DFO) libraries ,and scientists complaining that they cannot access health science information . The Fifth Estate released a list of federal programs and research facilities that have been shut-down, or had layoffs, and if one scrolls down the list is quite substantial. Impressive given that the conservatives have created the largest ministry size in history.  If one wants a more detailed breakdown of these cuts, John Dupuis makes a chronological list of various shutdowns in his article “The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastatingly chronological indictment”. […]

  169. #176 Brian Bradley
    Calgary, AB
    January 23, 2014

    January 22, 2014
    MANDATED COPY (of December 30, 2013)
    Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Bantrel Tower 
    7th Floor – 700 6th Avenue Southwest 
    Calgary, Alberta

    Re: ”…regardless of law … anything but justice…VRA Board vindictively set out to…”

    Attn.: Hon. Mr. Julian Fantino

    Previous Ministers of Veterans Affairs (VA) have done nothing to settle this veteran’s claims (nor those claims of other veterans) as Mr. Coward’s lawfully supported attempts concerning the practical and equitable evaluation of other veterans’ claims (see included) have enumerated over the past years. While Mr. Coward’s demonstrated professionalism and equitable treatment of Wallace J. Fowler is yet un-matched (nor even approached, by gov’t depts. and/or reps) with the same level and standard of honesty and integrity) and even the Min. of VA has completely ignored the respectful direction of the very Hon. Mr. Justice William D. Nichol (Executive Officer of the “Canadian Justice Review Board”), it is becoming more and more evident to Canadian veterans and citizens alike that Canadian governments and their elected representatives (I.e., MPs) are less than lawful and obedient to the same laws and legislative terms that they (i.e., those governments) force upon all other Canadian veterans and citizens alike.  Where is there law and order in a country when the very precepts of justice are completely ignored by those legislators who construct and/or enact such laws.

    While successive Canadian governments have ignored their legislated obligations to all veterans of both the CF (Canadian Forces) and RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), government deception appears to be continuing despite noble efforts to the contrary of the veterans listed herein.  As both governments and their allegedly duly elected representatives (e.g., MPs) continue to unlawfully deny their legislated obligations to all Canadian veterans, where can one find the legitimate truth and direction promised by these same MPs as part of their electoral platforms?  The blatant disregard of the Canadian governments and all of it’s incumbent MPs (as outlined by Mr. Coward et al. in the attached) is far from intolerable – it has finally evolved to the point of bering without conscience.

    Along with the extensive documentation referred to and/or listed herein, which both attests to the legitimacy of this veteran’s claims and supports the claims of other veterans (such as those outlined in Rocky’s attached documentation), this veteran has provided independent professional assessment of the history of my claims (refer to enclosed letter from the very Hon. Mr. justice W.D. Nichol), which historically identify the blatant unlawfulness of the Min. of VA’s office in dealing with both this veteran’s claims and that of thousands of other veterans.  While outlaws are either hung and/or criminally hunted in other cultures until something resembling the service of justice is affected, what would you suggest we Canadians do with the aforementioned outlaws?  As this same documented history demonstrates how the Federal (Fed.) department of VA, it’s present ministers and support staff have all stepped over the line separating lawful from criminally unlawful Canadian citizens, when will the Fed. office settle this veteran’s claims along with the thousands of other veterans like this veteran? 

    “When we unquestioningly accept the structures, habits, and bureaucracies of our various communities and organizations as if they had an absolute reason to be there, we’re trapped outside time.” (Smolin, 2013, pp. xv-xvi)

    In coming back to our time, Mr. Coward and learned veteran so eloquently stated: 

    “The mendacious coverup by DND senior brass on the ill treatment of our Veterans has indeed reached epic proportions. Accordingly, my response ( as an advocate for Wally J. Fowler) to Major-General Millar, Chief of Personnel, National Defense Ottawa reveals that they have been busted – wide open by their own web of lies, deceit, deception, collusion and conspiracy to cover the truth and much more… Consequently,  I am therefore calling on all fair-minded Canadians, including Veterans to write to your Member of Parliament (MP) to demand a “Public Inquiry” and justice for Wally and countless other Veterans that have been subjected to similar unconscionable acts by our Government Officials.” (Fowler/Millar [MGen D.B.], via Registered Mail [dated Dec. 25, 2013]; signed for 9 Jan. 2014),

    From the beginning of Canadian history and the election of representatives (i.e., elected reps) at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, a number of provisional conditions have been forced upon all Canadians, all of which questionably include the following:
    If in other contemporary world cultures, liars and deceitful elected individuals would be hung before a trial, honest Canadians just continue to give our hard-earned tax dollars to these same elected reps in payment of nothing;
    If deceit, countless lies and misrepresentations are evident in an MP’s record, an elected representative is identified;
    If Canadians start to bring these issues to the attention of their existing elected representatives and demand a dollar of service for every tax dollar, there will be more morally and financially bankrupt elected representatives; and
    If elected representatives can continue to misrepresent their constituents on 11 out of 10 instances, they questionably remain elected representatives.

    While Canada continues to deteriorate towards a lawless entity of unknown designation and description, when will this same country initiate MPs’ realisation of it’s legislated obligations to it’s veterans and, for once and for all, stop this same aforementioned and detailed deterioration?  Will your office be the first to both initiate and implement equitable procedures in meeting these legislated obligations to all Canadian veterans?

    Your response to that above questions is eagerly awaited by both this veteran as well as all Canadian veterans and citizens.

    Peace be with you & yours,

    Brian Bradley
    #33 – 9520 Bonaventure Dr., S.E.
    Calgary, AB  T2J 0E5

    Coward/Millar [MGen. D.G.]. Dec. 27, 2013; registered mail.
    Smoulin, Lee (2013) Time Reborn: from the crisis in physics to the future of the universe, Toronto: Alfred A. Knoff (Random House); ISBN 978-0-307-40071-0; 319p.

    cc.: Hon. Mr. Jason Kenney, Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast;
    Fax: (403) 225-3504
    Hon. Peter Gordon MacKay (Minister of Justice), [Sean Casey (Liberal Dept. of Justice critic)] (fax: [613] 996 – 4714)

    ccc.:  very Hon. Mr. W.D. Nichol, CEO, Canadian Justice Review Board
    local MP: Min. of Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism; Fax: (403) 225-3504

    bcc: FDA

    encl. Nichol/Blaney letter, Feb./Mar. 2012 (as attached) 
    DRAFT/SENT Feb. 6, 2012/Mar. 2012      
    The Honourable Steven Blaney
    Minister of Veterans Affairs
    House of Commons
    Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6

    Veterans Affairs Canada 
    14th Floor 
    66 Slater Street 
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0P4

    Dear Minister;
    The Canadian Justice Review Board has received a complaint from Brian C. Bradley of Calgary Alberta.
    We can find no better words to describe Mr. Bradley’s situation than quoting his honour Mr. Justice J.E. Hershfield of the Federal Court of Canada.
    “[3] The battle with the [Veterans Review and Appeal Board ] VRA Board has, according to the Appellant’s testimony, been going on for more than a decade which included four judicial reviews of the Board’s refusal to recognize a disability pension entitlement. In all review cases, I am told that the Federal Court Trial Division sent the matter back to the Board for reconsideration.

    [4] One certainly has the impression listening to the Appellant that he has not
    been properly dealt with by the VRA Board and that his fight to establish his
    disability pension rights has resulted in his losing his home and become
    economically ruined.

    [5] His submissions reflect a genuine plea for justice which he feels can only be
    achieved by someone rectifying the treatment he has had to endure. He wants the
    Federal government departments that he holds responsible for the burdens he has
    suffered made accountable. He seeks compensation and includes in his plea for it,
    just and fair treatment from the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) taxation.

    [6] This leads me to direct myself to the taxation issues that have drawn the
    CRA into the Appellant’s line of vision as one the government agencies
    responsible for his financial regression, as he puts it.

    [7] In 2005, the Appellant launched his fourth action for judicial review of the
    VRA Board’s refusal to award him a disability pension. He retained the services of
    a prominent law firm. He paid a retainer and was quoted substantial fees, namely,
    fees in excess of $40,000. His only source of funds was a modest RRSP (currently
    valued at some $16,000 which includes a contribution that is at issue in this

    [8] To fund the litigation he withdrew $44,000 from his RRSP. That was in
    2005. However, his legal fees that year only came to $21,095. Realizing the
    withdrawal was excessive, he returned $24,000 to his plan and claimed $23,000 on
    his 2005 tax return as a deduction in calculating his net income for the year on the
    basis that it was an innocent mistake to have taken it out. In effect, he sought to
    treat the excess withdrawal as a non-event. I will note here, as well, that he claimed
    the legal fees of $21,095 as a deductible expense on the advice, apparently, of his
    legal advisor.

    The reassessment being appealed denied both deductions.

    [10] Given that the most recent Federal Court review of the VRA Board’s refusal
    to award the Appellant a disability pension has resulted in the matter being referred
    back once again to the Board and given his hope of finally having his entitlement
    to a disability pension confirmed, one might think that the Appellant will finally be
    allowed to deduct his legal fees. However, that is not the case, at least not in
    respect of the 2005 taxation year. The Appellant has repeatedly acknowledged that
    he never received one cent of income from the pension source in respect of which
    he incurred the legal expenses at issue. The relevant provision of the Income Tax
    Act (the “Act”) allows that deduction only against the source of income in respect 
    of which the legal expense at issue is incurred. This leaves the Appellant in the
    unfortunate circumstance that his legal expense deduction cannot be taken, at least
    not yet.”

    Minister, it appears to the Canadian Justice Review Board that on four separate occasions the Federal Court of Canada has found a lack of fairness and due process on the part of  the Veterans Review and Appeal Board in this matter; a deficiency so serious that the Court saw fit to quash each VRA Board decision.  Mr. Bradley appears to have a legal opinion from his federally funded Bureau of Pensioners’ Advocate (BPA) confirming that his claim has merit. This arguably constituting reasonable grounds for him to have believed that, considering the Federal Court judgments against the VRA Board, a pension or compensation would be forthcoming (from which he could then have properly deducted his expenses for tax purposes).

    As you can see from Mr. Justice Hershfield’s remarks, Mr. Bradley’s financial resources have been no match for the deep pockets of the federally funded VRA Board. This tends to foster the public impression that the government favours a system of “justice” where the party with the most money wins (regardless of law).  It also creates the impression that the VRA Board has been able to engineer a scheme, and a vicious circle for Mr. Bradley, which effectively ignores the rule of law contained in the Federal Court judgements against it. Considering also that the VRA Board knows, or ought to know, the limited mandate of the Bureau of Pensioners’ Advocate precludes it acting for anyone in Federal Court, Mr. Bradley was put to expenses he could ill afford (to paraphrase Justice Hershfield).  This creates a concern that the VRA Board vindictively set out to bankrupt Mr. Bradley.  Our understanding of Mr. Justice Hershfield’s remarks is that this is anything but justice.

    Minister, we ask that you personally investigate this matter and rectify the situation.


    William D. Nichol
    Executive director

    Diary date: February 6, 2012

    Mr. Brian C. Bradley, 33 – 9520 Bonaventure Dr., S.E., Calgary, AB  T2J 0E5 
    cc. Hon. Mr. Jason Kenney, Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast. House of Commons
  325 East Block Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6 & 1168 137 Ave SE Calgary, AB  T2J 6T6; Fa: (403) 225-3504/
    P.O. Box 4853 Station E, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5J1

  170. […] was appropriate to bestow an honorary doctorate on and name a scientific research facility after a man who has been on a not-so-subtle campaign against scientific research & evidence-based poli… is an absolute […]

  171. […] research facilities). Extensive lists of closures can be found elsewhere (e.g. CBC cuts summary, John Dupuis’s blog). What’s often striking is not only the significance of the work that is being cut. […]

  172. […] Calling Harper anti-science has nothing to do with atheism and is only somewhat about environmentalism. It's a bit complicated, but it comes down to muzzling federal scientists if their findings wouldn't be helpful to a government agenda and demanding federal censors chaperone them when they speak to the media, redirecting most funding from basic research to research that partners with companies trying to create marketable products, scrapping the position of national science advisor, gutting federally funded environmental research programs like the world famous and unique Experimental Lakes Area because it works against his government's main agenda of expanding the oil sands project, scrapping the national science advisor, scrapping the mandatory long form census, replacing the head of statistics Canada with a party toddy who's job is basically to spin things for the party's favour, and drastically cutting scientific oversight of industrial operations in areas like food safety. He also generally favours an ideological decision making strategy rather then one based on looking at evidence and deciding from there. Scientists vs. Harper – Science, Science-ish – Harper’s attack on science: No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy | Academic Matters The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment – Con… […]

  173. […] simply isn’t one of a government “at war” with Science – which is presumably why people documenting the “War on Science” simply ignore […]

  174. […] to simply provide money to support science education and leave it at that. Then again, here in Canada’s scientists have been revelaed to be a dangerous and seditious group. Who knew that facts could be so disloyal […]

  175. […] with how things go in Canada, I personally expect negative news about budget cut, muzzling, or elimination of science programs by the Canadian Government almost regularly. The good news is that there are now many more local […]

  176. #184 Conny
    April 2, 2014

    There’s more to come it seems….

    Environment Canada braces for cuts to climate programs (over next three years…)

  177. #185 Conny
    April 2, 2014

    I might have missed this but here another link re: Parks Canada layoffs:

  178. […] A little bit of scientific literacy goes a long way. On the up side, he did accept the scientific answer, unlike some of our entire governing party. […]

  179. #187 YouKnowBestOf All
    April 20, 2014

    May be I’m stupid, but I can’t understand WHY Canadians are reelecting him???

  180. #188 T. Reashore
    Spruce Grove, Alberta
    April 22, 2014

    The Canadian Harper government is downgrading the protection of humpback whales off the coast of B.C. under the Species at Risk Act.

    The move is being made as the government readies for a decision on the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would feed oil onto a tanker shipping route that overlaps with what environmental groups describe as “critical habitat” for the whale.

  181. […] Our government has a lot to answer for in the area of environmental management, but the outcry in this case is misguided. To understand why, we first need to understand how decisions are made about whether our country considers a given species to be threatened or endangered. […]

  182. […] the new management (the Conservatives) decided to not just limit future research but even to purge decades worth of work already done. It’s a strange corporation indeed which actively destroys value which its subsidiaries have […]

  183. […] the new management (the Conservatives) decided to not just limit future research but even to purge decades worth of work already done. It’s a strange corporation indeed which actively destroys value which its subsidiaries have […]

  184. […] such as York's Steacie Science Librarian, John Dupuis have done important work, documenting the Harper government's cuts to research in general. Two recent books, the War on Science (Chris Turner) and Fool Me Twice (Shawn Lawrence […]

  185. […] government has also made substantial changes to a huge range of environmental protection acts and massive funding cuts to scientific resources that aid in understanding and protecting the climate. […]

  186. #194 Chris Popoff
    August 3, 2014

    Due for an update… Also, is anyone aware of a location where we can see what has been awarded funding (particularly in the area of the sciences) during the conservative governments time under leadership?

    • #195 John Dupuis
      August 7, 2014

      Yes, very due for an update. In fact, I’m hoping to have one by the end of the summer.

  187. #196 Laura McDonald
    September 2, 2014


    I’m not sure if you’ve seen our list of “Harper’s Crimes Against Ecology” at Alternatives Journal. It’s an environmentally-focused version very much inspired by your work here. Might be worth a look, especially if you’re working on an update.

  188. #197 Laura McDonald
    September 2, 2014

    Hit submit too soon. I’m sure you’re capable of googling, but a link would probably be helpful anyway:

  189. […] What happen when the above person is your own government (climate, census, or any others from a long list)? […]

  190. […] later, by the glow of books burned on ideology’s fire, it does feels dark to me; faded, like twilight in a secular state. And it’s a […]

  191. […] Hundreds of years later, by the glow of books burned over ideology’s flame, it feels dim — twilight in a secular state. The world forgets, and closes in. I feel the […]

  192. #201 aiyana
    Rosebud, Alberta
    November 3, 2014

    An excellent list.
    Something that should maybe be considered as an addition is this Case in Alberta – – the timing of the legislation RE: the Responsible Energy Development Act, the implementation of the Alberta Energy Regulator, and the date the EnCana finally filed their Statement of Defence to Ernst’s claims (years after her first Statement of Claim, when typical Alberta Rules of Court Require a Defence filed within 20 days.)

    Looking at that case, it appears clear to me that the government spent nearly 10 years stalling Ms. Ernst’s lawsuit in order to rewrite the legislation to make themselves (and Encana) not legally responsible for the Rosebud aquifer being contaminated by hydraulic fracturing activities and inadequate regulatory process. Ernst is hoping to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada after finding no justice in the Calgary Court.

    Our family was similarly effected in Alberta and we chose to speak out though the documentary “Burning Water” and our website”

  193. […] legislation, restrictions on communication of scientific findings–there’s plenty of evidence that in Canada, science is being […]

  194. […] Round Table of Energy and the Environment, the National Science Advisor, and other positions (see John Dupuis’ blog for a comprehensive – if depressing – list). However, we still have the Council of Canadian […]

  195. #204 Shoebutton
    December 3, 2014

    Thank you so much for making your article CCO., and investing so much time and effort on this. You have done a great service for Canadians.
    The union representing scientists and other professionals in the federal public service is abandoning its tradition of neutrality in elections to actively campaign against Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    Read more:

  196. […] The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment. […]

  197. […] When I voted Liberal at our last election, I didn’t expect to be voting Conservative. […]

  198. #207 Elizabeth
    January 11, 2015

    Rather than reading the Archer stories solely as mysteries, thrillers, entertainments, and detective stories (though of course they can exist solely on that level for readers who are interested in them as such), we’d do ourselves a favor to consider them in a few other ways as well. In the massive reference work World Authors 1950-1970, published by the H.H. Wilson Company, Macdonald wrote that The Galton Case and Black Money “are probably my most complete renderings of the themes of smothered allegiance and uncertain identity which my work inherited from my early years.” Of course, in Black Money the smothered allegiance occurs between the lovers Ginny Fablon and Tappinger.

  199. #208 Lj
    January 11, 2015

    Chief doctor’s demotion by Ottawa worries public health community – Health – CBC News

    Members of Canada’s public health community are expressing concern about intended changes to the authority of the country’s chief public health officer, changes that strip the office holder of the responsibility of running the Public Health Agency of Canada.

    Several suggest the move to demote the position from its current status as deputy minister to that of an officer or employee of the agency will weaken the office, which was created in the aftermath of Canada’s disastrous SARS experience in 2003.

    The changes, included in the current omnibus finance bill making its way through Parliament, give authority for running the agency to a president, a newly created position. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already named the new president: Krista Outhwaite, a career bureaucrat who has been the agency’s chief operating officer. […]

    Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia’s chief medical officer of health, said when the position of chief public health officer was envisaged, the decision to make the office holder a deputy minister was deliberately made.

    The idea of having the agency run by a bureaucrat, not the chief public health officer, was considered and rejected, Kendall said.

    “There is a rank and rank matters,” said Kendall, who will retire next March after 15 years as B.C.’s chief doctor.

    “And I am a little concerned that the chief public health officer does not have a deputy minister status to make him or her the equivalent to the deputies around the table. It makes a difference.”

    The position of chief public health officer of Canada was created on the recommendation of a report on the handling of the SARS crisis commissioned by the federal government of the day.

    “The Government of Canada should create the position of Chief Public Health Officer of Canada,” said the report, written by a committee of experts headed by Dr. David Naylor, who was then dean of medicine at the University of Toronto.
    “The Canadian Agency for Public Health should be headed by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada who would report directly to the federal minister of health and serve as the leading national voice for public health.”

    The new proposed structure would shift responsibility for the budget of the agency to the president. As well, the president would be responsible for staffing the institution.

    Concerned observers wondered how much authority this will give the chief public health officer to set the agency’s public health agenda or direct its responses to infectious disease outbreaks.

    Steven Hoffman, a global health law expert at the University of Ottawa, said the agency could have a bureaucrat as a manager without placing that person over the chief public health officer.

    “It doesn’t make sense. We had a good model that at least provided some measure of independence for the chief public health officer. And moving towards a model that’s maybe more comfortable for the current political leadership and cabinet is not helpful for public health,” Hoffman said.

    Hoffman said the move is reflective of the current federal government’s distrust of scientists. “There’s been a pretty systematic effort by this government to silence science and ensure that scientists are not saying things that run against the government’s political agenda.”

    Kendall said he has discussed the planned change with a number of colleagues in the public health community and all agree stripping the chief public health officer of the responsibility of running the agency will undermine the role and the agency.

    “In our view it will significantly weaken the agency and the position and the influence of the chief public health officer and his or her independence,” Kendall testified.

    “The move seems retrograde to us and ignores the lessons of the past.”

    Other Links

    Remarks by Steven J. Hoffman to the
    House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance:

  200. […] items by science librarian, John Dupuis. To think this comprises only the science attacks! — The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment, May 20, […]

  201. […] items by science librarian, John Dupuis. To think this comprises only the science attacks! — The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment, May 20, 2013–Harper […]

  202. #211 Annette Burfoot
    Kingston, Ontario
    February 4, 2015

    Dr. Kellie Leitch, PC, MP Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of State for the Status of Women will be delivering a lecture titled “Why Stephen Harper is Good for Science,” Thursday February 5th, 2015, Dunning room 11 at 5:30pm. It would be great if anyone in the Kingston area could come and bring along some of the information listed here.

  203. #212 Annette Burfoot
    Kingston, Ontario
    February 4, 2015

    We have just learned that the lecture by Dr. Kellie Leitch, “Why Harper is Good for Science” has been cancelled.

  204. […] Nine years of cuts; muzzlings; bad science, retaliatory firings, burned libraries, layoffs, closed investigations, censorship, withdrawal from international accords; Read the rest […]

  205. #215 Justin
    February 23, 2015

    Welcome to the conservative dark ages.

  206. #216 Elizabeth
    February 28, 2015

    In studying the Lew Archer novels of Ross Macdonald I’ve tried to identify certain characteristics, themes, motifs, images – call them what you like – that crop up frequently throughout the various books. I don’t claim that the following are particularly important or have any special significance or meaning; nor do I say this is a comprehensive list. They are simply some things I’ve noticed in more than one of the novels. Some of these appear in quite a few of the Archers. In time I hope to post the results of reading through each of the books individually while searching for these ‘repeaters’.

  207. […] (Further articles on Conservative government cuts to science research can be found here and here and […]

  208. […] John Dupuis in his blog “Confessions of a Science Librarian” writes “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.”… […]

  209. […] programs and fired thousands of scientists conducting essential environmental research. It has shuttered libraries and destroyed data archives. The remaining scientists face significant constraints that impact their ability to speak directly […]

  210. […] The canadian war on science: a long, unexaggerated […]

  211. […] The canadian war on science: a long, unexaggerated […]

  212. […] cancellation of over a hundred research programs, the firing of thousands of scientists, and the shuttering of libraries and destruction of data and archives. By opening up a space for people to direct questions to federal scientists, the campaign takes aim […]

  213. […] the Confessions of a Science Librarian blog, John Dupuy writes about the Harper Conservatives’ war against science. He’s logged and linked activities from 2006 to 2013 that show how the Conservatives have […]

  214. […] the federal government’s science and science outreach capacity (see referenced chronicle here), especially on the environment file (he also appointed a Science and Technology minister who […]

  215. #225 Elizabeth
    May 9, 2015

    In studying the Lew Archer novels of Ross Macdonald I’ve tried to identify certain characteristics, themes, motifs, images – call them what you like – that crop up frequently throughout the various books. I don’t claim that the following are particularly important or have any special significance or meaning; nor do I say this is a comprehensive list.

  216. #226 Lorena Marzitelli
    Montreal, Quebec
    May 12, 2015

    Please circulate

    Apply today to be selected as one of the 20 Concordia University Summer Research Institute Fellows.
    The Fellows will be housed in Concordia’s Grey Nun’s Residence at no charge. Additionally, breakfasts and lunches will be provided. Fellows are responsible for their own transportation to Montreal, and for dinners other than on the closing night.
    Register by May 15th, 2015 to secure your spot!

  217. #227 Lorena Marzitelli
    Montreal, Quebec
    May 12, 2015
  218. […] in Canada, we’re also experiencing a war on science – for details see John Dupuis’ exhaustive chronology, last updated in October of 2014. But there are some differences between the US and the Canadian […]

  219. #229 James Guy
    Sydney, Nova Scotia
    May 22, 2015

    In relation to all of this, it is not coincidental that the Long Form Census was scuttled by the Harper government and replaced by the equivalent of a colouring-book data gathering methodology that weakens our public policy strategies for facing social, economic and scientific challenges everywhere in Canada. The ideological continuum of Harper’s conservatism leads to national ignorance.

  220. #230 Mihai
    July 14, 2015

    I’m not sure if this should go under “war on science” but it most certainly fits under “war on anything that is bad for business – science included”. It also shows the close ties between government and the corporate milieu. The Canadian Embassy in Bucharest has been actively involved in the extremely aggressive lobby to support the environmantally and archeolocically disastrous gold-mining project of Canadian company Gabriel Resources in Rosia Montana (Romania) to the outcry of the local scientific community:
    It has emerged that GR (who later offered a comfortable seat in the board to former Canadian envoy to Romania who had lobbyed for them) has bought the sympathy of media outlets, public servants, politicians and academics who turned a blind eye to the countless clues that Rosia Montana was being served a rotten deal. The director of the Romanian Institute of Geology Ștefan Marincea, who said the geological surveys upon which GR based the minig project were forged to fit the GR needs was sacked abruptly and breifly forcibly confined to his office :

  221. #231 MMoosani
    Toronto, ON
    August 14, 2015

    A big change in 2012 was an official and unofficial reduction to the scientific research and experimental development tax credit (SR&ED). The credit was officially reduced for larger businesses. Unofficially, the bureaucratic demands became so cumbersome that a lot of small (and large) businesses stopped claiming the credit since more time was spent on dealing with the CRA than on actual development and innovation.
    Two things that are now evident: [1] The CRA does carry out political work on behalf of the government as seen by the aggressive audits of environmental not-for-profit groups. [2] The government said they would go to direct funding model rather than a tax credit, and they did increase their budget for the NSERC IRAP program. However, two issues with this: (a) The current regime has shown they will only support projects and companies in ridings where their party members are MPs and (b) Whenever the government cuts a check, the company takes the money and then lays off all the works and move to Mexico. The Caterpillar plant in London, ON is a great example of this.

  222. […] File Name: The canadian war on science: a long, unexaggerated Source: » DOWNLOAD 1 « » DOWNLOAD 2 « » DOWNLOAD 3 […]

  223. #233 James O'Grady
    August 20, 2015

    Very informative post! I encourage you to re-post it to, a social media website in Canada for current affairs, so we can share it with our audience. Its free to use. We promote all post on our social media channels and put a minimum of $5 toward each to ensure they reach an interested audience.

  224. […] the ones who make impermissible meanings from events in the material world — as exemplified by Canada’s war on science.  And so it continues on its same course, wreaking […]

  225. #236 Dennis Brown
    August 30, 2015

    I’ve been trying for a while to find out more information about the harper inequities and have now found too much. I couldn’t read your whole list as it made me sick with anger.
    But I will come back to it. No pain, no gain.

    We will get a stronger Canada out of this nightmare of a government.

  226. #237 DoctorAl Digest 7 | DoctorAl
    September 29, 2015

    […] This list by John Dupuis is a great summary of why as a scientist I will not be voting Conservative in the upcoming federal election. […]

  227. […] John Dupuis, head of the Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University and author of Confessions of a Science Librarian, which has chronicled the Harper government’s cuts to federal […]

  228. […] on what they are cutting) in the coming months and I’ll try to keep this blog post updated (John Dupuis style!) as announcements come […]

  229. […] For more information check out John Dupuis’ chronology of The Canadian War on Science […]

  230. […] has created a burgeoning narrative that this government hates science in general. Check out “The Canadian War on Science” on a widely-read science blog. Or Jonathan Gatehouse’s article in this magazine, one […]

  231. […] on what they are cutting) in the coming months and I’ll try to keep this blog post updated (John Dupuis style!) as announcements come […]

  232. #244 COCKblockSCIENCE
    October 8, 2015 #COCKblockSCIENCE #anyonebutHARPER #unmuzzleSCIENTISTS #unskewRESEARCH #unseatHARPER VOTE FOR SCIENCE

  233. […] become increasingly infeasible from the lack of good census data and scientific research funding resulting from Conservative cuts. A country that was once a champion of freedom of speech now blunders forward listening to a […]

  234. […] thousands of public scientists, and muzzled government scientists. (Longer lists are available elsewhere.) There is no indication this pattern will change. Indeed, financial planning documents show that […]

  235. […] Originally published by John Dupuis […]

  236. […] – it was crazy to reduce it, so the protection should just be put back in place. John Dupuis maintains a comprehensive list of such issues – simply undoing most of these would be a positive […]

  237. […] assault on science was extensive: with government scientists censored, budgets chopped, data monitoring programs eliminated, […]

  238. […] assault on science was extensive: with government scientists censored, budgets chopped, data monitoring programs eliminated, […]

  239. […] og uoprettelig destruktion af årtiers klimaforskning i […]

  240. #252 Ronald Isaac Orenstein
    October 21, 2015

    Now that Harper is gone, I strongly encourage the keeper of this list to continue it so that we can see how many of these changes Mr Trudeau reverses. We need to make sure that Trudeau keeps his promise on the re-establishment of science in Canada, and a list like this can be a measure of his response.

  241. […] climate change. York University Steacie Librarian John Dupuis documented in widely read blog post: The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment. During 2013’s International Open Access Week (happening right now), John and his colleagues […]

  242. […] me, who seek information in order to help us protect wildlife. (The “war on science” waged by Harper is far too long to list […]

  243. […] and NGO agencies, reversing decisions relying on bad or no evidence; basically, overturning the many issues of Harper era’s science policy. Policy expert Paul Boothe warns, in addition, that government […]

  244. […] all the time; characterized by open hostility toward evidence, disdain for harm reduction, and contempt for science, and disinterest in what works to limit the damage from incarceration, drug prohibition and drug […]

  245. […] All of this has led government scientists and their supporters to protest in the Stand Up For Science demonstrations held first in Ottawa and then across the country. The protests were against both muzzling and government cuts to various science projects. (You can read about those at this hyperlink.) […]

  246. […] make lofty speeches about freedom of expression, while muzzling scientists and public servants and suppressing reason and science, and you rewrite history selectively to glorify war. These are […]

  247. #259 Inquiry as Protest
    April 27, 2016

    […] of recently fired scientists conducting essential research. Additionally, the government has shuttered libraries and destroyed data archives, reaching back into the past to eliminate research. Remaining federal scientists face significant […]

  248. #260 Annonymous
    May 5, 2016

    I need to speak from a personal standpoint on the consequences these cuts have had. My sister lost her position with the closure of her library. As someone who gave so much to her career, the devastation of this loss created such stress and grief that she recently passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. This loss has been enormous to her family and perhaps was avoidable

  249. […] make lofty speeches about freedom of expression, while muzzling scientists and public servants and suppressing reason and science, and you rewrite history selectively to glorify war. These are […]

  250. […] All of this has led government scientists and their supporters to protest in the Stand Up For Science demonstrations held first in Ottawa and then across the country. The protests were against both muzzling and government cuts to various science projects. (You can read about those at this hyperlink.) […]

  251. […] John Dupuis’ chronology of Harper’s War on Science […]

  252. […] under the Harper administration, and how scientists fought back. Here’s a tweet thread, this has a detailed chronology and many, many links, this post and this article both focus on what […]

  253. […] The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment […]

  254. […] The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment […]

  255. […] The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment […]

  256. #268 shivam
    October 1, 2017

    Physical well-being completely depends upon a solid brain as all activities of the human body are controlled by your mind. Any disturbance in the mind will disturb the body giving rise to various abnormalities.

  257. #269 CoCbaseTH6
    United States
    October 30, 2017

    Defenses serve to protect your Builder Base and prevent as much damage as possible. Each defense has its own strengths and weaknesses, and its location in your village should reflect that.

  258. […] Chronologie de la guerre à la science (en anglais seulement) […]

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