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Health Canada Report on Climate Change

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Health Canada’s grim report on Canadian health and climate change. This report was supposed to be made available early this year but had been suppressed by the Harper government because of its damning evidence. Now Health Canada has finally published it on its website, but it is not available for download because, according to HC, it is too big. They say it is only available by snail mail with a 2-4 week waiting period.

The Smog Blog was able to access it and has made it available electronically through the following link.

http://www.desmogblog.com/harper-government-suppresses-climate-report-now-available-here

By the way that process means using a service called scribd – and I found that troublesome thanks to the need for registration and the use of javascript. So you can get the whole thing here instead without the need for either

Human Health in a Changing Climate

Yes it is a large file but if I can host it I do not see why the Government can’t. By the way if you see a “snap shot” that says the file is broken, ignore it – it isn’t. I just tried the link and it works fine. The download is 11.5MB.

Written by Stephen Rees

October 6, 2008 at 10:48 am

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  1. The suppression of such important documents (in the public domain, nontheless) is truly depressing, notably on how it counteracts our abilty to plan for the challenges ahead. Doesn’t Harper ever think about the world his own children will inherit? It begs the question: What else has been censored?

    Kudos to the LRC and the desmog blog folks for finding and releasing it on the Web.

    Meredith

    October 6, 2008 at 12:35 pm

  2. This is yet one more reason on a growing list why Harper must be defeated.

    Meredith

    October 6, 2008 at 12:37 pm

  3. Actually Meredith, while in the U.S. government documents are automatically placed in the public domain, in Canada they are covered by crown copyright (see page 4). It appears to me that this can have no other use than to block distribution and access by the public. (This is true of much of StatsCan’s data, for example: despite the legal requirement to complete census forms, only paying customers, not citizens, have full access to many of the reports.) Fortunately, this particular document permits redistribution with attribution.

    Geof

    October 6, 2008 at 3:26 pm

  4. “Yes it is a large file but if I can host it I do not see why the Government can’t.”

    It’s not on-message.

    Romeogolf

    October 6, 2008 at 10:33 pm

  5. Copyright or not, Harper’s government strenuously suppresses the release of information on key topics, especially climate change.

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=277560

    http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/index.php/csw/C20/

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081008.ELECTIONCLIMATE08//TPStory/Science

    Meredith

    October 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm

  6. Geoff

    P4 says “This publication may be reproduced without permission provided the source is fully acknowledged”

    Meredith

    Your first post got caught by the spam trap – try to limit the number of links to 3 and you should avoid that

    Stephen Rees

    October 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm


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