But, but, we’re funding science!

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, […]


Pro-science rally on Parliament Hill.

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 […]


Thorough takedown of the supposed connection between Darwin and Nazism.

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 […]


Someone elected this person.

FUN FACT: Someone elected this person to congress. And she’s a contender for the presidential nomination.


A Conservative majority? Not so fast.

Like most Canadians, I am disappointed at the results of yesterday’s election.

But wait! Didn’t the Conservatives win a large majority? How can I say that “most Canadians” don’t support this?

1. Seats vs. popular vote. The parliamentary system plus first-past-the-post contests in each riding means that a majority government (more than half of […]


Young people should vote.

Hey young people of Canada: Vote! It really, really does matter.


Conservatives, coalitions, and a reality check.

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 […]


Harper-Duceppe-Layton letter 2004.

September 9, 2004

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. Governor General Rideau Hall 1 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1

Excellency,

As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the […]


On coalitions in Canadian parliament.

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 […]


Colbert’s pep talk for a fellow journalist.

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