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National Research Council’s new focus ignores how science works

National Research Council’s new focus ignores how science works

If we’re serious about creating partnerships between science and business, we have to support the best scientists so they are competitive with any around the world.

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Muzzling scientists is an assault on democracy

Muzzling scientists is an assault on democracy

Countries where governments hold a tight rein on information, shut down or stifle research that runs counter to their priorities, and demonize and attack opponents are never good places to live. We have to make sure Canada doesn’t become one.

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David Suzuki: Let’s resolve to make it a real Happy New Year

David Suzuki: Let’s resolve to make it a real Happy New Year

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if world leaders resolved to look at life in a different light this New Year? They could follow the example of Bhutan. In 1971, the small…

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David Suzuki: Are we trading away our rights and environment?

David Suzuki: Are we trading away our rights and environment?

Global trade has advantages. For starters, it allows those of us who live through winter to eat fresh produce year-round. And it provides economic benefits to farmers who grow that…

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David Suzuki: President Obama must show some climate leadership

David Suzuki: President Obama must show some climate leadership

The race to become leader of the world’s most powerful democracy often seemed disconnected from reality. During debates, the two main candidates stooped to insults, half-truths and outright lies. The…

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David Suzuki: Will we learn from Sandy?

David Suzuki: Will we learn from Sandy?

The storm that wreaked havoc on Caribbean nations and the U.S. East Coast in late October offers a glimpse into our future. Along with recent heavy rainfall, flooding, heat waves…

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David Suzuki: We can learn from nature’s genius

David Suzuki: We can learn from nature’s genius

I’ve always been more interested in organisms that can move on their own than in stationary plants. But when I canoe or hike along the edge of lakes or oceans…

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China deal and budget sacrifice democracy to short-term goals

China deal and budget sacrifice democracy to short-term goals

Why, when so many people oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, would government and industry resort to such extreme measures to push it through? The problems with the plan…

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Taters versus craters: mega-quarry pits farmland against industry

Taters versus craters: mega-quarry pits farmland against industry

A billion tonnes of limestone lie beneath the rural countryside in Melancthon Township, 100 kilometres north of Toronto. A plan to remove it spotlights the challenges faced everywhere when the…

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It’s in our nature to be healthy

It’s in our nature to be healthy

One of the joys of being a grandparent is getting to see the world again through the eyes of a child. Recently, I found my three-year-old grandson picking at a…

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