The Conservative government issued a statement not long after the Death of Evidence rally today, which included the following list of items that is supposed to convince us that they are actually pro-science. But are they in favour of unfettered basic science, or just of using applied science to advance short-term economic interest? Well, [...]
Along with about 1,000-1,500 other scientists, graduate students, professors, and science supporters, I was in attendance at the “Death of Evidence” rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today. I can’t remember any example, ever, in which scientists got together to protest the actions of a government in this way. That has got to tell [...]
It has been a common tactic among creationists to attempt to discredit scientific ideas by linking them to the horrific actions of the likes of Hitler and the Nazis. The scientific merits of a theory do not rest on its societal implications, of course, but there is also the issue that the Nazis did [...]
Over the upcoming 6 weeks of the election campaign, Canadians will no doubt hear the Conservative Party talking point about a “coalition” being bad and scary and undemocratic. Here’s a quick reminder of recent history, which the Conservatives seem to have forgotten.
1. The Conservative Party of Canada formed from the merger of two [...]
Listening to current Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeat the Conservative talking point that the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc Quebecois will form a coalition if the Conservatives earn only a minority government yet again after the election in May. It’s amazing how on-message the Conservatives have become already: “reckless coalition”, “illegitimate coaltion”, “unstable coalition”, “undemocratic [...]