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This is a guest post by Michael Spratt, an Ottawa based criminal lawyer.

In a recent speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said something no cabinet minister ought to have to say out loud: that her boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his government are firm believers in evidence-based policy.

If the government is committed to an independent, rigorous scientific assessment then it cannot base a decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline on this flawed report. To do so will simply serve to further undermine both public confidence and government credibility.

On April 23rd, new regulations for the Fisheries Act came into effect--dramatically weakening pollution prevention measures by increasing ministerial discretion and reducing the role for science and evidence.

These changes allow the Ministers of Environment and Fisheries to grant blanket authorization to industry to pollute our waterways instead of making these decisions on a case-by-case basis, based on the best available scientific and Indigenous knowledge. Ministers are now able to:

This article appeared in the March 13th issue of Research Money.

OTTAWA (March 31, 2014) – An agreement has been reached to transfer the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research center from under the auspices of the Government of Canada to a non-profit organization, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The ELA, a collection of 58 lakes in northwestern Ontario, has conducted ground-breaking research on the impacts of environmental problems – such as acid rain, climate change, and mercury pollution – on lakes and fish populations for over four decades.