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Deja vu all over again. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Canadian science under the Harper government from 2006 to 2015 was a horrific era of cuts and closures and muzzling and a whole lot of other attack on science. One of the most egregious was the threat to…

I don’t have the time right now to do this justice, so I’ll just lay out the story over the last year or so and let you, faithful reader, follow the thread. This is an amazing story. This is an amazing initiative at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University in Montreal. From…

Just a quick post to get a recent set of presentation slides up here on the blog. Earlier this week a colleague in the Science and Technologies Studies program here at York hosted me in her fourth year undergraduate seminar class. Rather than my accustomed and normal role of librarian (I happen to be the…

Update 2017.01.31: First post-inauguration chronology post is done, covering the first week of the Trump administration. From the point of view of someone sitting North of the Canadian/US border, the results of this week’s US Federal election are somewhat terrifying. And honestly and truly as a Canadian and a Torontonian, I say this without a…

One of the real highlights for me every year is the late-summer announcement of the Lane Anderson Awards short list. Celebrating science books is a good thing. Celebrating Canadian writers is a good thing. Somehow in 2016, sunny ways and all, celebrating Canadian science writers seems like the best thing of all. Some info on…

Are We Feeling Collective Grief Over Climate Change? Astrophysicist wins Twitter burn of the year with her reply to climate change skeptic The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here Dazzling blue lakes are forming in Antarctica — and they’ve got scientists worried The Galileo gambit and other stories: the three main…

I’m afraid the answer to that might be “Yes.” Perhaps I’m the only one who’s still interested and perhaps not, but there seems to be little movement towards launching a review of Canadian Science Library infrastructure. Why do I think such a review is a good idea? First of all, I’ve documented the devastation wrought…

How climate change may be fueling Canada’s fire season Environmentalists, automakers applaud Ontario’s $8.3B climate change plan Views from people on the frontlines of climate change How B.C.’s Climate Plan is Being Co-opted by Big Oil Once a climate doubter, Tory leadership contender Maxime Bernier now plans to consult scientists Climate change initiatives a $7-trillion…

One of the key faults of the Harper Conservatives’ science policy was their emphasis on applied research to the detriment of basic, curiosity driven research. Obviously there needs to be a balance between any government’s approach to those two kinds of research, neither polar opposite is appropriate. But the Conservatives were way out of wack…

I’ll be attending upcoming Canadian Library Association National Forum, a kind of sunset conference as CLA reimagines and recreates itself. The idea is to take the pulse of Canadian librarians on the important issues in the library-related landscape. I’ll be curating the session on Canada’s National Digital Strategy, including presentations by me and two others,…

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