Academia

Public Science

The previous federal Conservative government waged a systematic assault on public science. ​The assault included the natural and social sciences. It was not restricted to government scientists, but ran the full gamut of organizations connected to scientific research: government departments, at arms-length government funded organizations, organizations that funded other research, universities, NGOs and individual researchers who obtained grants through one of the funding agencies, and even included a UN convention conducting research relevant to climate change.

Foundation for Canadian Studies UK

Foundation for Canadian Studies Logo

The Foundation for Canadian Studies (FCS) in the UK has been a prominent international champion of the serious study of Canada since 1975. The rare conferral of Canadian charitable status on an international organization and modest but on-going funding from Ottawa recognized its value for almost 40 years. Its significance, however, did not protect the FCS from the partisan anti-intellectualism of the Canadian Conservative government. In 2014, it lost charitable status.

In 2015, former BC premier and current Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Gordon Campbell, forced the resignation of all but one of the senior scholars on the Board of Directors (as an ironical footnote only a Professor of Pathology remains) putting firm control in the hands of representatives of business and the High Commission itself. The mandate of the FCS is now to address the political priorities of the Harper government.

Sharryn Aiken

Sharryn Aiken

In 2009, Sharryn Aiken was one of four organizers for an academic conference entitled “Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace”, co-sponsored by Queen’s and York University and held in Toronto at York’s main campus.

Amir Attaran

Amir Attaran

Amir Attaran was targeted with intrusive information requests, apparently for having publicized information about Canada’s complicity in war crimes, not

Errol Mendes

Errol Mendes

After publicly criticizing the Conservative government for the treatment of Afghan detainees and for the prorogation of Canada’s Parliament on two occasions, Mendes, along with colleague Amir Attaran