Violation of Rights on Wet’suwet’en land

Here is a letter I have sent the responsible Government Ministers for Canada and BC, to ask them not to violate the sovereignty of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. We cannot, as Canadians, permit this to happen. To: The Honourable Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, British Columbia The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment […]

The phrase “Taxpayer’s money” is right-wing propaganda

The phrase “taxpayer’s money” is almost always propaganda that should be resisted by all who support progressive politics. A better phrase is “public money”, so why do so many news media articles use it? Probably laziness because it is used in press releases by “small government” propagandists who want to cut taxes, usually in the […]

Working Together for Democracy and Science

Science is needed to save democracy Democracy doesn’t work if its participants support parties through blind loyalty as if they were their home-town sports team, it works through reasoned debate built on facts supported by evidence and reason. Roughly speaking, that’s science, although other disciplines are needed, such as history, journalism, philosophy and politics itself, […]

“But Jobs” does not justify every project

We constantly hear of various industries such as oil and gas argue “but it will cost jobs” or “it will create more jobs” as an smokescreen for the continued plundering of the environment or other destructive activities. Every large project, even the most destructive, creates jobs. This does NOT necessarily mean that they are a […]

Science and public policy

The editorial in this week’s Science1 is called The science-policy interface. The editorial itself admits that this is a “well worn, long-standing question”. Why is this? The editorial provides a hint when it says that “Providing scientific advice to government takes place within an ecosystem. It is a combination of actors who are both internal […]