Canada's 'War on Science'

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By Al Jazeera, 11 December 2012

Canadian campaigners are calling it a "war on science" – a slow and systematic unravelling of environmental and climate research budgets under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper.

Hundreds of researchers have lost their jobs, with those remaining reportedly forbidden from talking to the media without a government minder.

The government says the cuts are part of a wider, deficit-reducing austerity programme.

But green groups instead accuse Harper of trying to stifle criticism of Canada's development of its oil sands fields in Alberta which hold huge reserves. (...)

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