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Carleton University, affectionately known to alumni as “Last Chance U” and to residents of Ottawa as “that other place”, today announced the appointment of Jim Harrison to the newly created and controversial Chair of Dadaist Geology. The position grants full tenure and the holder will be expected to teach according to Dadaist principles. Professor Jim […]

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“We can’t even forecast how these clouds are going to move in the next week. Our understanding of the physics is so bad that we can’t even do that. So to think that we could do a whole planet for 50 years in the future…” It’s a tired argument, this idea that because we can’t […]

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More libel troubles for Tim Ball

Tim Ball, already facing libel action from Canadian climate scientist Andrew Weaver, has been hit with another suit. This one comes from Dr. Michael Mann who is suing Ball and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy for an interview in which Ball stated that “Michael Mann at Penn State should be in the State Pen, […]

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After Canada Free Press posted an apology and a retraction to climatologist Andrew Weaver for comments made by denialist Tim Ball, we learn that Professor Weaver is in fact now suing Tim Ball for libel. The suit claims Tim Ball libeled Weaver in his article “Corruption of Climate Science Has Created 30 Lost Years”, published […]

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Canada Free Press, a bastion of anti-science crankery, has posted an apology to Dr. Andrew Weaver for comments made by the denialist Tim Ball: On January 10, 2011, Canada Free Press began publishing on this website an article by Dr. Tim Ball entitled “Corruption of Climate Change Has Created 30 Lost Years” which contained untrue […]

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Tulipocalypse

Neatly underscoring just how unusual the winter of 2009-2010 was here in Canada, the Ottawa Tulip Festival is facing the prospect of a lack of tulips. CBC reports that crews have already started pulling up some tulip beds a week before the festival is even due to start. It isn’t all bad. The late blooming […]

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Climate Scientist Sues National Post for Libel Weaver Seeks Unprecedented Order to Remove Stories That “Poison” the Internet VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – April 21, 2010) – University of Victoria Professor Andrew Weaver, the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis, launched a lawsuit today in BC Supreme Court against three writers at The National […]

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Jim Prentice on Earth Day: “As in any day where we symbolize a matter of significance, Earth Day highlights the cause, it highlights the importance of all of us making individual efforts, and so yes, it’s important,” he said. “I would like Canadians to think about our responsibility as stewards as one of the most […]

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Dealing with the Alberta problem

Simon Donnor has an interesting proposal for how Canada can make progress on meeting emissions targets. Provinces, if they commit to a defined federal standard for emissions reductions – say, an optimistic 14% below 1990 by 2020 – would become eligible for participation in a federal climate change policy program. This gives them access to […]

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That really was a warm winter

Winter 2009/2010: 4.0°C above normal Warmest winter since records began in 1948 Driest out of the past 63 years, 22% below normal Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan had 60% less precipitation than normal It really has been extraordinary. Says David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada: "I think it’s a combination of a strong El […]

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