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Fight for the Farm

As scientists, for the past nine years we have grown accustomed to being treated with indifference by the federal Conservative government. We might have expected a little more respect from our colleagues in the health sciences, but as the actions of Jack Kitts, CEO of The Ottawa Hospital have shown, that was a faint hope. […]

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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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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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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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At least, he thinks its compelling. Bolding mine. The table below shows c02 increases on Mt Loa since 1959. One can notice the spiking of co2 when el ninos occur, and how the co2 increases were higher when the PDO went warm. This further supports my idea that we are going to get our answer […]

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In Medieval England, ambient energy was the labour saving power source of choice. Wind and water power, including tidal, was harnessed to run mills and forges all across England; there were thousands of them, perhaps around 10,000 in the early 14th century. We can get a sense of their ubiquity from the following maps, first […]

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Mark Fiore picked up the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning: For a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Awarded to Mark Fiore, self syndicated, for his animated cartoons appearing on SFGate.com, the San […]

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Godverdomme?

It’s official: the tulips are blooming early in Ottawa. They usually come up in mid-April, not mid March. That’s how weird a winter it has been: soil temperatures two weeks ahead of schedule, no snowfall in March, record breaking warmth and now, early tulips. The Dutch ambassador isn’t worried: Dutch ambassador Wim Geerts, who grew […]

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“At least the number of holocaust deniers only grew by a third.” The Onion.

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FOI requests – animal rights

FOI requests have been sent to every university in Britain asking for details about animal experiments. The requests were sent by a convicted animal rights activist. His motivation: "We’re putting the FOIs in just to find out what is happening with vivisection at the universities. If they’ve got nothing to hide, then it’s not a […]

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