Monday, October 29, 2012

The Tory War On Brains

The cancellation of the  long form census has already degraded the nation's primary knowledge product:

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cancellation of the long-form census has started to take a toll on Statistics Canada's data.

The agency released its final segment of the 2011 census last week, focusing on languages. However it included a big warning that cautions data-users about comparing key facts against censuses of the past. That's because the cancellation of the long-form census forced Statscan to move language questions on to the mandatory short-form.

Statscan's lead analyst says repositioning the questions likely prompted people to answer them differently, especially when it came to questions about mother tongue and languages used at home.

As a result, Jean-Pierre Corbeil says the census is probably not accurately capturing the mother tongue of large numbers of immigrants who came to Canada over the past few years.He also says it's likely overstating the number of people who have English as their mother tongue.

Note that the problem with the data  noted here is not even among those most often flagged by critics of the government change.  Therefore expect unforeseen problems to crop up along side of the foreseen ones.

In any case, not content, the Tories have decided to go after the NRC:

OTTAWA - Nearly 100 of Canada's top researchers and scientists are facing layoffs in what the NDP science and technology critic says is just the "tip of the iceberg" in what appears to be the Conservative government's plan to slash funding for basic research and focus instead on research that's industry-driven.

"There's a much larger game afoot but it's being rolled out in a really stealthy way," said Kennedy Stewart, the NDP critic for science and technology. "When we look back in a couple of years we'll see that it really is part of a larger plan and it will probably have an impact on our international standing."

Which is to say that the indices that measure international performance in basic research will all show Canada ranking lower.  A plot to render the nation incapable of doing anything but hewing wood and hauling bitumen?


Steve said...

If it does not haul coal, or oil sands, its not worth knowing about

Anonymous said...

You can't even beat it into peoples heads. Canada is a rotten, putrid cesspool of corruption.

Canadian democracy is vanishing. Our Civil Rights and Liberties have been taken from us. Don't doubt for a moment, our internet will be monitored. The media are always, propaganda machines for dictators too.

Corrupt police want to monitor the internet. They hate their crimes being exposed on the internet. VPD were caught watching porn, on their computers in their detachments. Police want it the way it used to be. They lied and covered up for each other, for decades. They are no different than the Brown Shirts.

Harper really hates it when his dirty deeds are exposed on the internet as well. Harper has to do his dastardly deeds behind closed doors and in secret.

Once a country is Fascist, Communist, or a dictatorship, ruled by a have lost your country.

CSIS warned of Red China's huge inroads into Canada. BC was specifically mentioned. Gordon Campbell sold BC's vast resources to Communist China too. Campbell works for Harper, so does Christy Clark. She has been in on the Enbridge pipeline, right from day one. Harper's boy Boessenkool worked for Christy Clark. He works for Harper and lobbies for Enbridge. No other party spoke out against Christy Clark's sell out to Red China either. Terry lake said, too damn bad. The Campbell/Clark BC Liberals are holding our doors wide open for Red China, whether you like it or not.

People just, bloody refused to listen. Well, they are listening and seeing now. They are finally seeing, Canada is being given to Communist China, along with our resources and jobs.

Did anyone notice?? Elizabeth May, was the sole politician, who spoke out against Harper and his treason. All the others are in on, this take over by Communist China, but for Elizabeth May.

AND for heavens sake, don't breathe a word about provinces, getting the hell out of Harper's Canada, now known as Harper's garden of evil.