It has been a year since I last updated my chronological listing of the Harper Conservative government's war on science. The newly updated master list is here, where you can also read more about this project in general. The previous update from October 2013 is here. Some preliminary metrics about the impact of that original post in the wider world are here.
This update contains 140 new incidents, mostly from between the last update and now. They have been integrated into the master list.
Many of the incidents I list are programs or locations that have sustained significant budget cuts or closure. It has been noted that some of these programs may have deserved their fate. I acknowledge that not all government programs or institutions are equally effective. From my perspective, the point isn't to judge whether or not a program deserved to be cut or eliminated. I don't have access to the kinds of internal or external assessment documents that would be needed to even attempt this across such a large number of cases. Never mind that it's very likely those assessments would themselves be highly contested among the various stakeholders. I can only list what I can document has happened. And given the sheer numbers, it's unlikely all these programs deserved their fate.
It has also been noted that sometimes the links I use to document incidents are no longer accessible. I plan to address this retrospectively for the master list in a future update. For this update, I have tried to include multiple sources for as many of the new incidents as possible. These additional link may sometime duplicate each other; this is in hopes that some redundancies will help with the link rot problem. The additional links are also an opportunity to include links that followup, explain or elaborate upon the main link.
From the Fifth Estate's excellent episode on the war on science, The Silence of the Labs, here's a very long list of Federal programs and research facilities that have been shut down or had their funding reduced. I haven't gone through the whole list yet and found online sources of documentation but that will be part of the next update.
While this update has mostly focused on the period since the last update in October 2013, I have added some retrospective items to the list. However, the next update will focus much more on that kind of retrospective updating. Among other sources, I intend to use the recent Paul Wells book The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006- and especially Chris Turner's wonderful The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada (my review).
For those that are interested, I have started maintaining a tumblr blog of candidate items for these updates, Tracking the Canadian War on Science. I'll be recording various media reports of the government's anti-science actions as well as highlighting more general items about Canadian science policy in the Harper era. I'm hoping that neither this chronology not that tracking project will be needed for more than another year or so.
And now the updates:
- Apr 2006. Tories muzzle environmental scientist Mark Tushingham, told not to appear to promote his novel about climate change (More info: 1.)
- Oct 2006. Canadian Ambassador for the Environment (Karen Kraft Sloan) position abolished (More info: 1.)
- Jan 2008. Nuclear safety watchdog Linda Keen head fired for 'lack of leadership' in blatant example of political interference (More info: 1, 2.)
- Jan 2008. The Advisory Council on Science and Technology, the Council of Science and Technology Advisors, and the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee consolidated into the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), which is housed within Industry Canada, is more concerned with business innovation and less independent that former organizations, including the Office of the National Science Advisor. (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Oct 2008. Canada by 6 environmental groups for Failure to Protect Killer Whale Habitat. Groups are: the David Suzuki Foundation, Environmental Defence, Greenpeace Canada, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Raincoast Conservation Society and the Wilderness Committee (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)
- Jul 2010. After 18 months of deliberation and listening to expert testimony, the Standing Committee on Environment announced it will scuttle its own investigation of water pollution from the tar sands (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)
- Sep 2010. The prestigious international science journal Nature writes about the muzzling of Canadian scientists.
- Apr 2012. Budget cuts affect Canadian space programs such as RADARSAT (More info: 1, 2.)
- Jun 2012. Canada falls out of top fifty in global freedom of information rankings with obvious implications for access to scientific, environmental and public health information
- Aug 2012. Tories have cancelled almost 600 environmental assessments in Ontario
- Jan 2013. Canada's space agency spirals towards Code Red: CSA battered by funding cuts, criticism from government, and loss of leader
- Feb 2013. US Scientist Andreas Muenchow Caught in Canadian Muzzle, fears he won't be allowed to publish about a joint US/Canada project (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Mar 2013. Federal Government move to privatize management of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)
- Apr 2013. Case study of differences between communicating on science with a government department in Canada vs the US finds Canada much weaker
- Oct 2013. Canada will use it's position on Arctic Council to push for resource development
- Oct 2013. Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada release The Big Chill: Silencing Public Interest Science (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Oct 2013. Canadian Institute of Health Research cuts grants for in-depth health journalism to focus on social media
- Oct 2013. Drastic cuts to various labs relating to ocean sciences and wildlife make it difficult to get to the bottom of what’s causing drastic decline of beluga populations. (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Oct 2013. The riding association of Greg Rickford, the Environment Minister who oversaw the defunding of the Experimental Lakes Area, sent out a fundraising letter calling the scientists who disagreed with him "radical ideologues." (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Oct 2013. World's largest telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope or TMT, stalled by Canadian funding woes (More info: 1, 2.)
- Oct 2013. Canadian Scientists Expose Their Government’s Tar Sands Obsession at DC Briefing
- Nov 2013. Center for Global Development ranks Canada's Climate Policy Worst In Developed World, climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch rank Canada 55 of 57. (More info: 1, 2.)
- Nov 2013. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, citing her brother the hunter as a source, claims that polar bear populations aren't declining. Scientists say they are. (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Nov 2013. Changes to Canada's fisheries law alarm biologists: Revisions that take effect today remove protections for 80% of endangered freshwater species. (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.)
- Nov 2013. The National Energy Board, an independent regulatory agency, coordinated with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the police, and oil companies to spy on environmental groups (More info: 1, 2.)
- Nov 2013. Public Health Agency of Canada blocking information on antibiotic-resistant superbugs infecting thousands of Canadians each year
- Nov 2013. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq attends her 1st UN climate change conference, Canadian delegation seen as largely irrelevant, even met with derision
- Nov 2013. Canada reveals stance on climate/carbon tax with praise for Australian carbon tax repeal (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Nov 2013. Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development releases report that says that the government ‘has not met key commitments, deadlines and obligations to protect Canada’s natural spaces.’ (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Nov 2013. Council of Canadian Academies report point to lack of national strategy and co-ordination thwarting ocean research, report suggests (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Dec 2013. The Federal Environment Minister set aside a proposal from her department earlier this year to publicly state, in response to the latest IPCC report, that the Harper government recognized scientific evidence that humans were “mostly responsible for climate change” and that it took this threat “seriously.” (More info: 1, 2.)
- Dec 2013. Harper government gave oil and pipeline companies $400M in subsidies to go green & boost their environmental credentials (More info: 1, 2.)
- Dec 2013. Canada’s new emissions rules on hold again, Harper says (More info: 1.)
- Dec 2013. Medical journal (CMAJ) slams Ottawa for cutting off post-trial heroin, breaching international medical ethics standards. (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Dec 2013. Minister of State for Science & Technology Greg Rickford thinks he should be thanked for saving the Experimental Lakes Area (More info: 1.)
- Dec 2013. National Energy Board quietly given authority to assess pipeline damage to fish, formerly with Department of Fisheries & Oceans (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Dec 2013. Ottawa dismantles South Shore hatchery, Mersey Centre for Biodiveristy, after $400K upgrade: Activist warns it could now be 'virtually impossible' to recover salmon stocks (More info: 1.)
- Dec 2013. Environment Canada denied 22 per cent of interview requests with scientists in 2013: Department aims to "improve" how it communicates science (More info: 1.)
- Dec 2013. National Energy Board sidestepping B.C. on Northern Gateway
- Jan 2014. Major consolidation of libraries at The Department of Fisheries & Oceans leaves many branches closed, librarians laid off, collections scattered and haphazardly weeded, important services reduced and potential issues with the Official Languages Act
- Jan 2014. Hamilton loses over 20 top environmental scientists at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters
- Jan 2014. Climate History is Under Attack in Canada via cuts to institutions such as St. Andrews Biological Station, Freshwater Institute Library in Winnipeg, and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre.
- Jan 2014. The axeman cometh for DFO and Coast Guard? Federal cuts raise serious questions about fish management and offshore enforcement (More info: 1.)
- Jan 2014. Conservative-appointee Canadian Security Intelligence Services Review Committee (SIRC) Chair Chuck Strahl caught lobbying for pipeline company (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.)
- Jan 2014. Tory MP Peter Braid's late Christmas gift to environmentalists: The member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo links extreme weather to climate change. Environmentalists surprised, PMO backpedals a bit. (More info: 1, 2.)
- Jan 2014. Main Health Canada Library Closure is Latest Blow to Canada’s Researchers, forcing Health Canada scientists and other to find other ways to get the information they need (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Feb 2014. Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada release Vanishing Science: The Disappearance of Public Interest Science about how "Government Cuts to Science Overwhelmingly Detrimental and Out of Sync with Public’s Priorities" (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.)
- Feb 2014. Conservatives eye Arctic reindeer reserve for oil and gas (More info: 1, 2.)
- Feb 2014. Election Budget 2014 fails to hide cuts to Science and Technology (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Feb 2014. U.S. EPA Denied Late Participation in Kinder Morgan Hearings, Exposes Shortcomings of New National Energy Board Project Review/Public Hearings Process
- Feb 2014. Scientist silencing continues for federally-funded research: Federal scientists at annual conference of Fishermen and Scientists Research Society do not have permission to discuss their research
- Feb 2014. Federal study confirms oilsands ponds leaking, Richard Frank, lead scientist in study, not allowed to comment to media and department downplays the findings (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Feb 2014. Federal Government need to do more to fight climate change, finds Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Climate Change, Energy and the Environment to the Clerk of the Privy report (More info: 1, 2.)
- Feb 2014. Federal court finds 'enormous systemic problem' in enforcement of Species at Risk Act (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.)
- Feb 2014. Fisheries minister Gail Shea ignored advice from own scientists about the reopening of commercial herring roe fisheries on First Nations' territories in British Columbia (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Feb 2014. Sixty-three per cent of employees believe National Research Council management are failing to make the right decisions about restructuring into a concierge service. (More info: 1.)
- Feb 2014. Revenue Canada audits of environmental charities linked to position on oilsands, supposedly for crossing line from education into political advocacy. (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Feb 2014. Former Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark says that Prime Minister Harper should share blame for Keystone delays due to the ill will generated by constant attacks on environmentalists (More info: 1, 2.)
- Feb 2014. New science policy consultation document/report Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation is more focused on business and innovation rather than supporting science in the public interest. (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)
- Mar 2014. Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada's resource agenda, documents reveal: Canadian government closely monitoring how legal rulings and aboriginal protest pose an increasing ‘risk’ for multi-billion dollar oil and mining plans
- Mar 2014. Federal government has slashed funding for ParticipACTION, knocking the wind out of the organization that promotes fitness and healthy living — a message obesity experts say is more important than ever (More info: 1, 2.)
- Mar 2014. Environment Canada braces for cuts to climate programs
- Mar 2014. New natural resources minister Greg Rickford invested in hedge fund with energy holdings
- Mar 2014. Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade no longer has an environmental policy capacity with respect to numerous multilateral chemical conventions (More info: 1.)
- Mar 2014. Department of Fisheries and Oceans ‘fudging the numbers,’ court finds; bars commercial fishery off Vancouver Island (More info: 1, 2.)
- Apr 2014. North Pacific humpback whales losing 'threatened' status amid Northern Gateway concerns (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.)
- Apr 2014. World famous research site the Experimental Lakes Area is reduced to crowdsourcing research funding on Indiegogo. (More info: 1, 2.)
- Apr 2014. Digital Canada 150 report is lazy and outdated and not offering much new to science.
- Apr 2014. Fisheries department response to salmon decline report remains secret: Department prepared report as a response to Cohen Commission on Fraser River sockeye, and was then ignored by political leadership (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- May 2014. Government Cuts Leaving Forests Unwatched, Say Former Federal Scientists
- May 2014. The Atmospheric-Optics Laboratory at Dalhousie University closed
- May 2014. Government’s weather forecasters shouldn’t discuss climate change, says Environment Canada (More info: 1.)
- May 2014. Muzzling allegations are “absolutely ridiculous” says Canadian environment minister
- May 2014. Science and technology expenditures by federal departments and agencies are expected to decline 5.4% from the previous fiscal year to $10.3 billion dollars in 2014/2015. (More info: 1.)
- May 2014. Reporters access to speakers, etc, at government's Saving Every Woman, Every Child maternal health summit is severely restricted by communications flacks (More info: 1.)
- May 2014. Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford, whose announcement that Canada’s mining sector is “a leader in transparency, accountability and good governance” stood in stark contrast with reports of human rights violations carried out overseas by Canadian extractive corporations.
- Jun 2014. Feds deny NDP request for independent science advisor position, citing STIC as best way for government to receive science advice. STIC is under Industry Canada and only provides confidential advice (More info: 1, 2.)
- Jun 2014. New Parks Canada policy limits information by directing all request via high-ranking beaurocrats (More info: 1.)
- Jun 2014. Government refuses to answer questions about new study concluding that deposits of toxic mercury were forming a bull’s eye around oilsands operations in Alberta
- Jun 2014. Government of Canada Accepts Recommendation to Impose 209 Conditions on Northern Gateway Proposal, effectively approving project. Most of the conditions are actually quite basic or already met (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Jun 2014. In a TV interview, Stephen Harper chides Canadians for not listening to scientific advice -- on vaccines (More info: 1.)
- Jun 2014. Stephen Harper says Canada not avoiding action on climate change and further that no country will act on climate change if jobs and the economy are at stake. (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Jun 2014. Dear Prime Minister: we 300 scientists find Northern Gateway review flawed: On the eve of Ottawa's decision on Northern Gateway pipeline, 300 scientists say a recent federal review of the project was deeply flawed. (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Jun 2014. According to report released by Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Canada has been “dragging its heels” on commitments to create marine protected areas and ranks last on the list of countries with the longest coastlines in terms of the amount of ocean where human activity has been restricted to preserve biodiversity (More info: 1, 2.)
- Jun 2014. Natural Resources Canada quietly releases the Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation report which paints a stark picture of the impacts of climate change on Canada in terms of the environment, health, and the economy, yet it is business as usual for the government (More info: 1.)
- Aug 2014. Respected biologist John Smol accused of being biased. (More info, including refutation of bias from scholarly society: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Aug 2014. The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada all refuse to participate in Health Canada drug awareness campaign due to over-politicization of issue by the government (More info: 1, 2.)
- Aug 2014. New Federal Conservation Plan missing many important elements such as focusing on non-urban areas and plans to work with important partners. (More info: 1.)
- Aug 2014. During his annual visit to the arctic, Prime Minister talks Franklin, arctic research but fails to mention climate change, which is the biggest issue in the north (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Aug 2014. Harper government asks public servants to delete emails which have "no business value" raising red flags with union representing government professionals and scientists concerned with muzzling. (More info: 1, 2.)
- Aug 2014. Public health officials across Canada so starved of census data that they pay for local info of their own
- Aug 2014. Ottawa safe injection site could work—if it overcomes ideology
- Aug 2014. Federal government puts polar briefings on ice: Newly released federal documents show Tories have been thwarting Leah Braithwaite and other scientists' efforts to keep Canadians informed on Arctic ice levels (More info: 1.)
- Aug 2014. Queens University scientist John Smol accused in internal Natural Resources Canada memo of being biased and talking too much about his oil sands research (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Aug 2014. Doctors, scientists warn CIHR plans quiet cut to drug-trial funding
- Sep 2014. Canada leads world in forest decline, oil sands areas hard hit. Federal Government minimizes problem & has no will to slow deforestation (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)
- Sep 2014. Canada's battle with scientists plays out during Olympic torch relay: Athlete chosen for honour instead of member of Arctic Council who were invited by Russia and who other nations sent.
- Sep 2014. Energy East oil terminal threatens belugas: federal scientists were not consulted on the project even though they had raised concerns before.
- Sep 2014. TransCanada shareholder to head SIRC investigation into CSIS spying on pipeline opponents
- Sep 2014. North-South Institute is closing due to Federal cuts. It studies areas such as energy and natural resources, the private sector’s role in development, maternal health and open data for transparency in the foreign aid. (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Sep 2014. Canada Science and Technology Museum closes until 2015 due to mould, shoddy upkeep (More info: 1)
- Sep 2014. Harper obsessed with Franklin Expedition and finding the boat but neglects other areas in Park Canada
- Sep 2014. FIPA trade deal with China could force Canada to keep weak environmental laws (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Sep 2014. Parliamentary secretary to the Minister of the Environment Colin Carrie Says Tory Government Is 'A World Leader' On Climate Change
- Sep 2014. Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq's UN climate speech doesn't mention oil and gas emissions
- Sep 2014. Clean Energy Canada says that Canada missing out on green energy revolution due to lack of government interest and investment in green technologies vs. oil & gas (More info: 1, 2.)
- Sep 2014. Prominent Canadian Academics Call Out Canada’s “Sustainability Deficit” Before Climate Summit (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Sep 2014. Federal government didn't fill either Chief Public Health Officer job or head of National Microbiology Lab after more than 15 months possibly because no one wants to work for controlling Harper government. (More info: 1.)
- Sep 2014. Federal government admits to tracking hundreds of public demonstrations and protests, including environmental protests (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Sep 2014. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver tries to tell Nova Scotia what to do about fracking. (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Sep 2014. The Canadian Government Needs to Recognize the Value of the Canadian Space Sector and Invest Accordingly
- Sep 2014. International Institute for Sustainable Development says Canada's new rules to control carbon pollution from coal plants will have a "negligible effect" on greenhouse gas emissions for at least the next 15 years (More info: 1.)
- Sep 2014. Environment Minister in Stephen Harper’s government changes topic after NDP asks about climate rules (More info: 1.)
- Sep 2014. Committee on pollution quietly silenced.
- Sep 2014. RCMP warns environmental extremism a rising threat to energy sector (More info: 1, 2.)
- Sep 2014. Info on defective drugs kept hidden from Canadians, More info from USFDA while Health Canada keeps Canadians in the dark (More info: 1, 2.)
- Sep 2014. Request to interview federal scientist Max Bothwell about "rock snot" sparks 110 pages of government emails (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Sep 2014. As hundreds of thousands march in the street, Harper takes a pass on NY climate summit, opting for a invited dinner instead. (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)
- Sep 2014. Canadian government declines interviews on oilsands health impacts (More info: 1.)
- Sep 2014. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has set aside $22.7 million for an advertising blitz this year to promote oil and Canada's other natural resources in the United States, Europe and Asia (More info: 1.)
- Sep 2014. Even Brian Mulroney thinks Stephen Harper should make a pristine environment a higher priority
- Sep 2014. Canada Singled Out in International Report by French National Trade Union of Scientific Researchers on Endangered Science for budget cuts, muzzling and for a focus on applied, commercialized science rather than basic research (More info: 1.)
- Sep 2014. Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has a list of things it wants the government to do and has been working with Environment Canada on the list for some time, especially changes to the Species at Risk Act.
- Sep 2014. CSIS trying to narrow the scope of an inquiry into whether they overstepped the law while eyeing environmental activists. (More info: 1.)
- Oct 2014. Canadian Ambassador Ross Hornby tried to lobby France on behalf of the oil sands industry but France refused to be persuaded
- Oct 2014. Environment Commissioner slams Federal Government for problems with arctic mapping, falling further behind on emissions reductions target (among other things). (Full report here. Other stories: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Oct 2014. Evidence for Democracy releases damning report detailing Federal Government muzzling of scientists. (Media stories here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)
- Oct 2014. Federal Government cancels key industry and environmental group meeting intended to save species at risk – no rationale given (Media story: 1.)
- Oct 2014. Federal Government play politics by banning Chinese and Russian delegates from space conference to look "tough" on Russia and China (More info: 1, 2.)
- Oct 2014. Leona Aglukkaq is silent on altered evidence in frog memo which could threaten development in La Prairie, QC
- Oct 2014. Oil and gas emissions can create ‘extreme’ ozone pollution, study finds. But Environment Canada scientist that participated in the study is unavailable for comment.
- Oct 2014. Revenue Canada targets birdwatching group for tax audit because of political activity; they complained to ministers about government approved pesticide
- Oct 2014. The only French-Language Department of Fisheries & Oceans closes
- Oct 2014. Diluting Fisheries Act to further fish farming, reducing environmental protection from aquaculture activities (More info: 1, 2, 3.)
- Oct 2014. Harper and Quebec announce plans for petrolium resource exploitation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the face of opposition from environmental, fishing, tourism and First Nation groups (More info: 1, 2.)
- Oct 2014. The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (AWRS) is forced to use crowdfunding to try and raise money for research
- Oct 2014. Federal government report on deforestation by oil, gas industry not out until after next election
- Oct 2014. In an open letter, The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Union of Concerned Scientists of the United States of American demand the return of scientific freedom in Canada. (More info: 1, 2, 3, 4.)
- Oct 2014. Report by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe lists Canada among the world's worst at fighting climate change at no. 58. (More info: 1.)
- Oct 2014. Government uses disaster at the Experimental Lakes Area as an example of how they've improved the Fisheries Act.
As I did with both the initial post and the first update, to facilitate the free and open spread of information, please consider this post 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: Updates to the chronology of Conservative government's anti-science actions. This work is published from Canada.
And lest people despair too much, there is a broadly based movement to draw attention to the cuts and closures such as the Death of Evidence rallies and the more recent Stand Up for Science rallies across the country. My own institution held a Death of Evidence mock funeral in October 2013 to draw attention to the situation.
Some of the relevant organizations and movements standing up for science in Canada are:
- Evidence for Democracy
- Canadian Association of University Teachers' Get Science Right
- Science Uncensored
- Scientists for the Right to Know
- Canadian Science Writers' Association Let Canada's Scientists Speak
Once again, the complete list is here.
And as usual, if there are any errors, omissions, duplications, etc. in either list, please let me know in the comments or at jdupuis at yorku dot ca. My non-work email is dupuisj at gmail dot com for those that prefer that option.
Lots of info here, thanks! Staggering is an understatement. I will pass this post on to some people still "too busy to have yet seen the light" re Harper's War.
When might the CRA come a knocking?
Thanks for your work keeping people like me up to date on cuts to Science. I was heavily involved in the Save ELA campaign and the circular, baseless, illogical statements which came out of Mr. Rickford's mouth (our MP) was astounding--everything from calling critics "mean spirited" to suggesting that a new ELA could be quickly built (also suggesting that the ELA was like a military unit which could be re-deployed), to claiming that he and his government had actually "saved" ELA from the closure the Harper government engineered.