Environnement Canada veut centraliser la collecte de données (French) Publish Date: 18-AUG-2014 01:58 PM Environnement Canada procède à une réorganisation de la collecte des données météorologiques, dans le but de répondre à la demande croissante d’information de la population. C’est ce qu’ont expliqué dimanche soir des représentants du service, lors de la Conférence scientifique publique mondiale sur la météorologie (WWOSC) à Montréal.
Records de chaleur planétaires (French only) Publish Date: 22-JUL-2014 10:13 AM De nouvelles données américaines confirment la hausse continue des températures et l’ampleur de la crise climatique. La dépendance de l’humanité aux énergies fossiles se reflète de plus en plus sur le thermomètre planétaire. De nouvelles données scientifiques publiées lundi révèlent en effet que les derniers mois ont battu des records historiques à la hausse, tant sur les continents qu’à la surface des océans. Un signal de plus de l’aggravation de la crise climatique.
Québec veut acquérir la ferme expérimentale de Frelighsburg (French) Publish Date: 18-JUL-2014 09:27 AM « Le ministère québécois de l’Agriculture [MAPAQ] a manifesté son intérêt d’acquérir quelque 100 hectares de cette propriété, a confirmé à la Terre Patrick Girard, agent des relations avec les médias à Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, le 17 juillet dernier. Le ministère fédéral des Travaux publics amorcera bientôt la négociation pour la vente de la propriété », ajoute-t-il. Les négociations, auxquelles la municipalité de Frelighsburg est associée, peuvent durer jusqu’à 90 jours.
Changing climate at root of ‘utterly unprecedented’ summer flood Publish Date: 07-JUL-2014 08:57 AM Smith Creek in southeastern Saskatchewan normally runs dry in July. Last week it hit an all-time high and the stream gauge that scientists have been monitoring for decades is now under water.
So are countless homes and farms in Saskatchewan and Manitoba where the province has declared a state of emergency and called in the military to help deal with the stunning summer flood.
The Federal Government Is Being Accused Of Muzzling Experts From Talking About Climate Change Again Publish Date: 03-JUL-2014 08:47 AM Meteorologists have allegedly been added to the list of government employees that are not allowed to say anything to the media about climate change, but a former employee of Environment Canada says that's only part of the problem. When the Harper government was elected, a communications directive was issued that prevented scientists from speaking to the media without permission. It seems that meteorologists are now falling under that umbrella.
New wind research laboratory seeks to understand effects of storms Publish Date: 11-JUN-2014 03:03 PM Horia Hangan doesn’t hesitate when you ask him why he finds wind so fascinating. “Because you can’t see it,” he says. “Always you have to guess it, you have to reveal it, which is fantastic.” Now Dr. Hangan is ready to reveal the wind like no one has before. His brainchild is the newly completed Wind Engineering Energy Environment Research Institute – WindEEE – a $34-million domed laboratory that sits like a giant tortoise over the rural landscape near London, Ont. The facility is unique in the world because it can reproduce wind movement in all its three-dimensional complexity, from sudden gusts and downdrafts to swirling tornadoes that rip across a simulated landscape.
Canada: Weather forecasters banned from discussing climate change Publish Date: 30-MAY-2014 08:00 AM Reports from earlier this week have confirmed that Canadian meteorologists are forbidden from publicly discussing climate change, on the basis that the mere study of meteorology does not qualify an individual to make predictions past a few months. Science news site IFL Science reported this week that all weather forecasters employed by the Canadian Meteorological Service have been banned from discussing long-term climate change patterns and predictions. Environment Canada spokesperson Mark Johnson said that meteorologists can speak to their specific areas of expertise only.
Muzzling allegations are “absolutely ridiculous” says Canadian environment minister Publish Date: 29-MAY-2014 02:59 PM OTTAWA-Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is describing fresh allegations of muzzling as “absolutely ridiculous.” Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq rejected criticism from opposition New Democratic Party MP Megan Leslie who said the government “will stop at nothing to hide the consequences of climate change.” Leslie raised the issue in the Canadian House of Commons following comments from Environment Canada explaining that its meteorologists were not supposed to talk about climate change in media interviews. Some recently-released quotes from a union survey included comments from a meteorologist who expressed concerns about publicly speaking about climate change and described it as a “career-limiting move.”
Climat, météo et fédéral (French only) Publish Date: 29-MAY-2014 02:45 PM Vient-on de découvrir une nouvelle épaisseur de bâillon imposé aux scientifiques fédéraux ? C’est ce que soutient le journaliste politico-environnemental Mike De Souza dans un billet qu’il vient de publier sur son blogue et qui a déclenché une petite tempête sur les réseaux sociaux. Vous me direz bien ce que vous en pensez mais, pour ma part, je suis un peu partagé… Je comprends bien le contexte dans lequel le billet de M. De Souza s’inscrit et je trouve moi aussi démocratiquement dommageable, inexplicable et injustifiable le bâillon que le gouvernement Harper impose aux scientifiques fédéraux. Mon collègue De Souza fait d’ailleurs un bon résumé de ce contexte et insiste beaucoup dessus dans son billet.
Government’s weather forecasters shouldn’t discuss climate change, says Environment Canada Publish Date: 27-MAY-2014 02:02 PM Weather forecasters at Environment Canada aren’t supposed to discuss climate change in public, says a Canadian government spokesman. Environment Canada made the comments in response to emailed questions about its communications policy. The department defended its policy by suggesting that Environment Canada meteorologists – among the most widely-quoted group of government experts in media reports and broadcasts – weren’t qualified to answer questions about climate change. “Environment Canada scientists speak to their area of expertise,” said spokesman Mark Johnson in an email. “For example, our Weather Preparedness Meteorologists are experts in their field of severe weather and speak to this subject. Questions about climate change or long-term trends would be directed to a climatologist or other applicable authority.”
New climate change report details threats to global security, possibilities of violent conflict Publish Date: 30-MAR-2014 11:31 AM Violent conflicts and threats to the territorial integrity of some of the world’s most vulnerable countries are among the more ominous risks posed by an ever-warming planet, according to the UN organization given the task of assessing the impacts of climate change. In a report that for the first time includes human security in its review of how global warming will be experienced around the world, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) lists outcomes such as the displacement of populations, food shortages and economic shocks that are triggered or exacerbated by rising temperatures. “If the world doesn’t do anything about mitigating the emissions of greenhouse gases and the extent of climate change continues to increase, then the very social stability of human systems could be at stake,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, at a news briefing in Yokohama, Japan, where the report was released.
Western University receives vast collection of weather observations dating back to 1840s Publish Date: 30-JAN-2014 02:44 PM Western University has suddenly become the country’s brain trust for everything about the weather since before Canada was a country. Environment Canada is trucking 1,000 boxes full of daily climate observations dating back to the 1840s to Western, where the vast trove of information will be stored in a climate-controlled archive and eventually digitally reproduced. What makes the collection so unique is that it gives researchers and the public rare access to original weather reports — many handwritten with dip pens — containing detailed notes.
CFIA Consultations and Canadian Food Safety (PDF)
Publish Date: 19-DEC-2014 02:44 AM
As part of the 2014 CFIA Consultations, the Professional Institute of The Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) has submitted a detailed analysis of each of the following proposals:
Scientists Rally in Support of Federal Research
Publish Date: 27-NOV-2014 11:16 AM
On the morning of October 22, researchers and science staff from Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture & Agri-food Canada and the Department of National Defence demonstrated in Québec city at the entrance of Université Laval in support of research in the federal government.
The Canada First Research Excellence Fund seems to be the Harper government’s response to fierce criticism about its science policies. It was announced with much fanfare last week (although it had appeared in the spring budget) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an unprecedented investment to strengthen Canada’s position in the world of science. But it came on the heels of an uproar in the scientific community over the imminent shuttering of a world-class science facility at the University of Ottawa, highlighting precisely what many critics believe is wrong with the Conservatives’ approach to science.
Irrités par les interventions du gouvernement Harper, les scientifiques fédéraux ont concocté un répulsif inusité: des clauses à insérer dans leur convention collective. Reste à voir si le remède sera homologué.