Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Harper passes legislation to suspend Murphy's law

According to a late-breaking CBC report, the Harper government intends to introduce a bill that suspends Murphy's law.

In Parliament today, Harper said "This old law, introduced by the former Liberal government, is the cause of much misery in the country today. Canada's New Government does not condone such a law, and with our new legislation nothing will go wrong ever again."

Under this new law, none of the following can occur:

  • Bridges collapsing due to lack of municipal infrastructure funding
  • People slipping and falling on ice
  • Hurricanes hitting the Atlantic due to global warming
  • Train derailments and car collisions
  • Melting of the Greenland ice sheet (Denmark has filed a diplomatic objection over Canada's attempt to extend jurisdiction)
  • Airplanes falling from the sky due to security service bungling
  • PMs taking bribes while still in office (or at least the press discovering such bribes)
  • And, of course, no more nuclear accidents are allowed - at all - at any time!

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1 comment:

Miguel said...

== Not for publication ==


You probably know the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). They hold a congress every year with virtually all the Canadian specialists in the meteorologic and climate fields. This congress is THE annual meeting of these specialists.

Last year, the CMOS congress was held jointly with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) at St-John's, Newfoundland. I was there and I noticed that almost all the keynote speakers were talking about global warming. They were from many different fields: ice, water, biology, climate, etc. They were all having the same conclusion: the earth is warming, and it is especially obvious in the Canadian North.

Seeing all these scientists talking about global warming and having the same conclusions, I started to wonder what was the involvement that those people could have in the decision-making processes of the government. After the conference, I talked with a friend of mine, Simon Hobeila, who is a Research Ethic Advisor at the Université de Montréal, and we decided to submit a session to the next CMOS congress regarding this issue. There was also another public servant of Environment Canada that was submitting something like us, so we agreed to present all together. It is Jacques Descurieux, National Communication Advisor of Environment Canada.

This session, which was later accepted by the CMOS committee, is titled:
"Scientists Involvement in Decision-Making Processes".

All the details of our session are here:
I also have a (french) post on my blog that tells this story:

We are currently looking for people, scientists or not, that could give a talk at this session. We want to have participants for a broadest possible horinzons, so we have to look for other means to reach these people than the usual CMOS convocation letter. This is why we thought of the blogosphere.

If you could post about it, or talk about it in any way you like, it would be really appreciated.

Thank you,

Miguel Tremblay