More than 200, some in lab coats, battle cuts
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist September 15, 2012
Scientists and their supporters demonstrate downtown Friday, accusing the federal government of hiding scientific facts to achieve its own agenda.” alt=”Scientists and their supporters demonstrate downtown Friday, accusing the federal government of hiding scientific facts to achieve its own agenda. Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist , Times Colonist
Scientists and politicians slammed the federal government for cutting science programs and accused the Harper government of hiding scientific facts to achieve its own agenda of oil and gas development at a rally on Friday.
More than 200 people – some in white lab coats, with duct-tape over their mouths or waving signs saying “Gag Harper, not scientists” – gathered on the corner of Yates and Government streets objecting to cuts made to environmental protections and climate change monitoring.
“This is a rally for evidence-based decision-making rather than decisionbased evidence-making,” said Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May, accusing the federal government of being short-sighted.
University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver lashed out at the federal government’s gag on scientists.
“We used to laugh about what was happening to science in the George W. Bush era. It pales in comparison to what is going on in Canada now,” he said. “Science is happening behind closed doors and is only made public if it fits with the government’s agenda.”
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