Friday, February 01, 2008

Now journalists can't kiss the talking frogs, either

Good Gawd. ReWind.It and Mandos tell me that Harper is keeping the media from talking to the scientists who work at Environment Canada:
Environment Canada has "muzzled" its scientists, ordering them to refer all media queries to Ottawa where communications officers will help them respond with "approved lines."

The new policy, which went into force in recent weeks and sent a chill through the department research divisions, is designed to control the department's media message and ensure there are no "surprises" for Environment Minister John Baird and senior management when they open the newspaper or turn on the television, according to documents obtained by Canwest News Service.

"Just as we have ‘one department, one website' we should have ‘one department, one voice,' " says a PowerPoint presentation from Environment Canada's executive management committee that's been sent to department staff.
This news comes on the heels of the Harper government's dismissal of the National Science Advisor, which in turn came on the heels of the Harper government's dismissal of the nuclear safety regulator.

In case you missed the 'talking frog' reference: it relates to a joke often told by the dismissed National Science Advisor, Arthur Carty (I posted the joke on the weekend). It's about talking frogs, politicians, and journalists.

But these days, the only one left laughing is Mr. Harper.


Anonymous April Reign said...

It just keeps getting scarier and scarier!

Here we go round the mini Bush.

2/01/2008 7:23 AM  
Blogger Beijing York said...

Pretty depressing, isn't it. Let's not forget that he fired the President of the Canadian Wheat Board and recently appointed an Australian Ian White as the new President and CEO.

"White was head of Queensland Sugar when the Australian government deregulated its sugar industry, said Wayne Easter, agriculture critic for the opposition Liberal Party.

"I hope that's not the reason that he was brought to Canada, to basically undermine the Canadian Wheat Board," Easter said."

2/01/2008 12:31 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Two words to describe this:

Sieg Heil!

2/01/2008 12:32 PM  
Blogger Godammitkitty said...

Thanks for visiting!

It is scary, isn't it? Harper worries me like no other PM in my lifetime.

Beijing: I didn't hear about the appointment of Ian White. Thanks for letting me know!


2/01/2008 2:34 PM  
Blogger son of gaia said...

All public science will eventually be replaced by epidemiological pseudoscience anyway. Politicians don't care about hard science or objective fact, they only want scientific-sounding rationalizations for their policy agendas. This is also true of the majority of "non-profit" organizations, which are far more interested in quasi-scientific propaganda that will be useful in advancing their own particular agendas.

Roy Harrold
Surreality Times

2/01/2008 7:07 PM  

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