If you want to know what’s happening in Vancouver you really need to follow Sandy Garossino. Garossino ran as an independent in the most recent city election. She also helped lead the opposition to the proposed casino development in Vancouver. Recently she wrote a piece dissecting the Federal Government’s stance on environmental groups. Her analysis is eye opening. It begins:
This is the story of the Harper governments attack on the worlds most respected foundations, organizations which only a short time ago, the government regarded not only as friends, but key strategic partners in improving the quality of life in this country.
It started with an attack on science when the Canadian government made it clear it preferred its scientists the way the Victorians preferred their children:
“Be seen and not heard, and speak when you are spoken to.”
In Dark Age Ahead, the foreboding work that closed her career and life, the Canadian urban criticism giant Jane Jacobs pointed to decay in the critical and effective practice of science as one harbinger of cultural collapse in modern civilization.
Jacobs had reason for concern, because science in Canada is under the strongest attack in living memory.
Her scathing rebuttal also takes aim at Vivian Krause. This has really got a lot of people in the city riled up and they’ve taken to twitter to do damage control. You can watch the fireworks in realtime here.