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it wasn't that long ago that I respected Canada

maybe I was naive

but with the "conservative" or should I say, "extract any resource" government of Harper, things have been getting worse

the government has been shutting down government labs that tracked things like water levels in streams and lakes

they have charged some demonstrators as terrorists for trying to block extraction

now they are going to a new level to go after NGOs and shutting down science that tells the story of the results of extraction

TORONTO - Job cuts totalling 1,000 at Environment Canada’s climate change division this month means there will be even fewer government scientists onboard to monitor the impact of the extraction, development and transportation of crude oil from the carbon-intensive oil sands in Alberta.

The oil sands are a major source of fossil fuel emissions which are heating areas of the planet, including the Arctic.

“These audits are clearly designed to intimidate and disrupt their work." —Dennis Howlett
Ironically, this same department, just weeks earlier, produced new research confirming that toxic chemicals from oil sands tailing ponds covering 176 square kilometres in northern Alberta are leaching into the local groundwater and seeping into the Athabasca River.

But two experts on Canadian environmental policy say they expect fewer such studies to be financed by a Conservative government in Ottawa focused on the development of the Alberta oil sands.

“This government is taking out specific forms of [research] capacity and those are the kind of things we need to have if we are ever going to tackle climate change,” said John Bennett, executive director of Sierra Club Canada.

Canadian Govt Targets Environment NGOs
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  •  There does not appear to be any information (2+ / 0-)
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    Remembering Jello, chimene

    in your diary about its title.

    You should either add some information about NGOs or change the title. The diary seems to be about the Canadian government cutting environmental staff.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:16:21 AM PDT

    •  the NGO are later in the article (2+ / 0-)
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      marina, chimene
      Picking up the investigative slack but without the same amount of resources are the environmental NGOs such as the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute, said Mark Winfield, a professor in the faculty of environmental studies at Toronto’s York University.

      “These functions of NGOs in the public policy process have become even more important as the capacity to provide evidence-based analysis — contrary to what the current government wants to hear — continues to be diminished in Ottawa,” Winfield said in a recent blog post.

      the bold is a heading in the article
      Enemies of the state?

      Another aspect of this story, adds the Sierra Club's John Bennett, is the tendency by the Conservative government to direct unfounded “slurs” against the environment charities, the result of which could hurt their ability in the long term to get donations from philanthropic foundations, another significant source of funding.

      In his lead-up to the February federal government 2014 budget, Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters, "There are some terrorist organisations, there are some organised crime organisations that launder money through charities, and make donations to charities."

      more about the role of NGO by academic quoted in article


  •  Has anyone ever seen Canadian Prime Minister (1+ / 0-)
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    Stephen Harper and George W. Bush in the same room together? I suspect dopplegangers. Or at least some kind of gang.

    Life is just a bowl of Cherries, that stain your hands and clothes and have pits that break your teeth.

    by OHdog on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:20:49 AM PDT

  •  Here's more on "the culling" (0+ / 0-)

    Facing Millions in Cuts, Environment Canada Prepares to Get Lean
    Harper gov't releases a trim three-year budget for the department.

    And previously, this:
    Nation's Library Advocate Raises Questions about Federal 'Culling'
    Canadian Library Association disturbed by closures, wants proof digitizing is happening.

    These are the same things that GWBush did to our environmental resources, to the detriment of our whole environmental protection structure.

    It's becoming ever more clear that the time for international solidarity in defense of our environment is approaching, if it hasn't already come.

  •  Canadians get this way and vote conservative, from (0+ / 0-)

    watching too much American tv, on cable.

    "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage "

    by ontario on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 05:02:57 PM PDT

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