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Canada's Climate Scientists Can't Do Their Jobs Because Of Corporate Tax Loopholes

Science funding is reportedly losing billions because of this.
Tax Loopholes In Canada Are Leaving Climate Scientists With Less Resources

The results are in from a survey taken by federal scientists in Canada. More than 95 percent say that climate change is a crisis in need of immediate action, while only 20 percent of them think Canada is doing enough to fight and mitigate the crisis. This is largely due to corporate tax loopholes in Canada which are taking billions of dollars away from science, the research says.The survey was conducted by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), a union representing 60,000 public service professionals including Canada's scientists."Nine out of 10 Canada Revenue Agency tax professionals say it is easier for corporations and wealthy individuals to evade or avoid tax responsibilities than it is for average Canadians," said PIPSC President Debi Daviau. "Do the math. If we close the tax loopholes, we can fund climate action. In this election, we're calling on voters to elect MPs that are committed to tax fairness and climate action." Daviau also says that the number of climate scientists has finally been replenished since Stephen Harper's cuts, but that more needs to be done. Resources are not as abundant as they should be for scientists who are working to find solutions for climate change.These results are published just in time for the Global Climate Strike, happening across Canada tomorrow. 

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The graphs above just scratch the surface of the more detailed results, which you can find here.CTV News reports that the incomes of Canada's top 1 percent grew faster than everyone else's' in 2017. Overall, they saw their taxes go down.

The PIPSC also lists a number of ways for you to participate in the federal election, which includes writing to your local newspaper to endorse a candidate or party, canvassing door-to-door on behalf of a candidate, or working in a campaign office.

Naturally, there are opposing views on the Global Climate Strike and climate action in general. Classes are still going on, so it will be interesting to see how many people actually attend school that day. The federal election is on October 21.

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