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Experimental Lakes Area

Canada's federal power shift provides us with the opportunity to view the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals through a new lens. Our new government faces many challenges to restore the protection of Canadian ecosystems. After a decade of Conservative rule, I find myself, like many other Indigenous people in Canada, cautiously optimistic for the future social and ecological well-being of our nation and its role on the international stage. However, our new government will face significant challenges in living up to and improving upon their campaign promises.
OTTAWA — These scientists aren’t asking for much. They just want access to a road, the ability to get in a boat and keep
Editor's note: The following piece was published in the CJFE’s 2013 Review of Free Expression in Canada. AS AN OTTAWA-BASED
Thumbtacked to a corkboard in professor Tom Duck’s Halifax office are laminated photos of a bright red building with small
Decisions are being made these days with few nods to actual evidence-based thinking. This should not be a surprise to those who have paid attention of course, as the government has been consistently cutting funding to scientific research and development and shifting its focus instead to "industry based," private sector research and development. Essentially, the government is investing in outcomes instead of investing in possibilities.
Politics is often dominated by empty grandstanding, half-truths, and horse-race style politics that have little resonance
The federal government announced it will close the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area in Southern Ontario in 2013. It's an odd decision, especially considering that it costs just $2-million a year to operate -- one-tenth the cost of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's security detail and about the same amount the government spent during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto to build a tourism pavilion with a fake lake.