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Articles by Franke James

Franke James is an artist and storyteller who merges science and personal activism to engage people, on the streets and online. In her latest book, Banned on the Hill, Franke tells how she first discovered she was being censored by the Canadian government for making art about dirty oil and climate change — and how she fought back using creativity, crowd-funding, and investigative digging. In 2013, Franke took her art to the streets of Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary, and Washington, D.C.

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Silencing Scientists “There was trouble of this kind here in the George W. Bush years, when scientists were asked to toe the party line on climate policy and endangered species. But nothing came close to what is being done in Canada … This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.

It is also designed to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the northern resource rush — the feverish effort to mine the earth and the ocean with little regard for environmental consequences. The Harper policy seems designed to make sure that the tar sands project proceeds quietly, with no surprises, no bad news, no alarms from government scientists. To all the other kinds of pollution the tar sands will yield, we must now add another: the degradation of vital streams ... Read more

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