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    Angry Canadian PM tries to muzzle scientists; slashes 15 Kyoto accord research programs

    NOOOOOo not like Bush AT FUCKING ALL.

    Federal scientist told not to speak about his novel
    Government also axes 15 Kyoto research programs
    Apr. 14, 2006. 07:40 AM
    SUSAN DELACOURT
    OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF


    OTTAWA—The new, heavy communications hand of Conservative Ottawa has reached into the realm of fiction, with an Environment Canada scientist muzzled from speaking about his novel on climate change.

    Mark Tushingham's new book is called Hotter than Hell, but yesterday he was plunged into the icy reality of the new Conservative communications regime, where ministers, MPs and the media are encountering strict new controls over the flow of information to the public.

    Shortly before Tushingham was due to give a luncheon speech in Ottawa about his novel — a futuristic account of Canada and the U.S. at war over water resources in a globally warmed world — he received an email from the environment minister's office, warning him not to attend the event.

    Paradoxically, the incident takes place during the same week the Conservatives unveiled new "whistleblower" protection, designed to shield outspoken public servants from intimidation and threats to their livelihood.

    Also yesterday, the government said it was axing 15 research programs related to the Kyoto climate-change protocol and aimed at reducing the greenhouse gases thought to cause global warming.

    Sandra Buckler, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's communications director, says the gag order against Tushingham did not come from the top and Harper told reporters yesterday he was in the dark about the incident. OMG, just like how Bush didn't know about the uranium from niger?

    But Harper then added, in a not-so-subtle warning to the public service: "We were elected on a particular platform. Our commitment to the people of Canada is to go ahead with that platform. That will include measures we're going to develop over the next year or so to deal with both pollution and greenhouse gases, and I obviously not only hope but expect that all elements of the bureaucracy will be working with us to achieve those objectives."

    Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, in an email, said Tushingham's mistake was in billing himself as a government representative, though he only appeared as such on a Canadian Press advisory to the media about the event. Tushingham's book jacket and the promotional materials merely describe him as an Ottawa scientist. Neither Ambrose nor anyone in her department said they had problems with the scientific or any other premises behind the book.

    Tushingham was also warned not to speak to reporters and spent much of yesterday in hiding, said his publisher, Elizabeth Margaris, head of DreamCatcher Publishing. Margaris flew into Ottawa from New Brunswick specifically to introduce her author at the luncheon, only to learn upon her arrival that he was not allowed to speak.

    Biographical information in the book says that Tushingham obtained his doctorate in 1989 and "has worked on climate change and other environmental issues since 1981."

    Canada has been unable to meet its Kyoto commitment to cut greenhouse gases and Harper, whose party has been much cooler to the accord than the Liberals, has said it is time for a new approach.Yeah, like pretending global warming doesn't exist.

    Environmentalists have asked the opposition to bring down the government if it abandons Canada's Kyoto commitment.

    Margaris was visibly shaken by the gagging. "Isn't this outrageous?" Margaris said. "This has never happened to me before."

    "It's a first for us, too," said Rosaleen Dickson, who organized the event at the National Press Club. It went ahead with a last-minute replacement speaker from the audience. A couple of dozen baffled guests were on hand, some of whom had bought the book but had to do without the author's signature.

    Margaris was to get together with Tushingham later yesterday, but he told her he was lying low and cancelled that meeting. Tushingham and his wife were also planning to stay away from their home yesterday evening so the media couldn't find them, said Margaris.

    "I just don't believe this," Margaris said. She said Tushingham is worried about losing his job.

    The PMO insists that the information chill in Ottawa is more perceived than real — a product of a media culture that got too accustomed to the hyper-availability of former prime minister Paul Martin's regime. Oh here we go.. 'we're not being secretive, it's just you. Now get away from our forbidden meeting room of mystery."

    Yet in Ottawa, everyone seems to have a story of lips being sealed, communications shut down or thwarted. Bureaucrats are talking about "the new normal" — a world where every utterance to outsiders or journalists can incur the wrath of the new government. sigh

    Ambrose abruptly cancelled an interview with a national columnist this week after her office had already warned she would not take questions on the issue of the Kyoto accord.

    Ambrose calls this an unfortunate mixup, but it does fit with the tightly scripted, highly centralized communications style the PMO is trying to establish.
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    Liberals want Canada's Kyoto delegation recalled

    CTV.ca News Staff

    Liberals demanded Saturday that Environment Minister Rona Ambrose recall Canada's Kyoto delegation from Bonn, Germany, following reports the government is moving away from the climate-change accord.
    Opposition environment critic Scott Brison also said Ambrose should resign as chair at the Conference of the Parties, accusing her of covertly trying to "sabotage the development of a binding international consensus on global warming."
    "This is not only outrageous, it is dangerously duplicitous," Brison said in a statement. "Ms. Ambrose's actions risk irreparably damaging Canada's reputation at the United Nations and will compromise any progress at the Conference of the Parties."
    According to documents obtained by the Globe and Mail, the Conservative government will oppose a plan to set tougher greenhouse gas emissions targets for developed nations in the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol, and wants to see the climate change agreement phased out.
    The revelations were contained in private instructions provided to Canadian negotiators attending United Nations talks on Kyoto in Bonn.
    Speaking to CTV.ca on Saturday, NDP Leader Jack Layton said the delegation should only be recalled as a last resort.
    "Bringing the delegation back at first blush seems to be odd. I think what we want to do is instruct the delegation to do the right thing," he said.
    However, he added that Ambrose "should step down from her position if she's going to act as a saboteur to the international work that needs to be done on the climate change crisis."
    Layton also said he had spoken to the prime minister on Saturday "to urge him to intervene personally to try to get these negotiations back on track."
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    Default Re: Canadian PM tries to muzzle scientists; slashes 15 Kyoto accord research programs

    Oh even BETTER: Harper wants to do away with the Kyoto accord completely, and instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.. he wants to join a little group that will waste time finding "new technologies".

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    May 20, 2006. 01:00 AM
    GRAHAM FRASER
    NATIONAL AFFAIRS WRITER


    GATINEAU, QUE.—Australian Prime Minister John Howard yesterday welcomed the idea of Canada joining the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, which includes countries that have not agreed to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.

    "Certainly, we would very warmly welcome Canada to join the partnership," Howard told reporters yesterday, after meeting with Stephen Harper at the Prime Minister's summer residence at Harrington Lake.

    Harper said he had discussed with Howard the idea of Canada becoming a participant.

    "We believe it's the kind of initiative the world needs," Harper said.

    The Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) was formed last summer by the United States and Australia — neither one of which signed the Kyoto Protocol — and includes China, India, Japan and South Korea. The countries collectively produce 50 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. The APP has no compulsory targets for reducing emissions, but focuses on developing new technologies.

    "Unless you have the involvement of the major polluters, you're not going to have a serious addressing of the problem," said Howard, who added that the partnership is the first international arrangement that includes China, India and the United States.

    Harper agreed that "if we're serious about climate change and controlling the greenhouse gases we clearly have to have an international regime that includes the largest emitters."

    He said that China, India, the United States and others are either not part of the Kyoto Protocol or have no targets.

    "We in Canada certainly welcome the initiative," Harper said. "As a government that finds itself left 35 per cent behind the Kyoto target with a need to do something, we think it's encouraging."

    Harper said nuclear energy will be "an important part of the mix" in Canada's energy future, and Howard pointed out that Canada and Australia together have 43 per cent of the world's uranium reserves and 52 per cent of the world's uranium production.

    Harper also said the government is "looking carefully" at a U.S. proposal that would compel uranium exporting countries like Canada to repatriate and dispose of spent nuclear fuel.
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    Default Re: Canadian PM tries to muzzle scientists; slashes 15 Kyoto accord research programs

    Grimlock, I detect you are not overly fond of your new PM? LOL

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    Default Re: Canadian PM tries to muzzle scientists; slashes 15 Kyoto accord research programs

    A lot of us are not!
    I woulda voted for the Green Party if I could (not that it would make a difference...)

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