The war on brains
from The Star
Maybe the muzzling of climate scientists did pay off for Harper and Tories who didn't want Canadians to spend too much time thinking about the climate: from 2007 to 2012, the volume of media coverage of climate change issues fell by 80 percent. When the Harper government held closed-door meetings to talk about ways to cut Environment Canada's budget by $60 million in the 2012 federal budget, Harper's team made sure communications specialists were in the room. Records labelled "secret advice to the minister" were part of 500 pages of briefing material prepared for a new deputy minister when she arrived at Environment Canada a few months after the meetings.
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