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Q&A: ‘Harperman‘ singer Tony Turner on his suspension, retirement

MetroNews Canada Oct 7, 2015
Tony Turner, the former Environment Canada scientist whose anti-Stephen Harper folk song “Harperman” got him suspended from his job, …

Former federal scientist Tony Turner resigns as he no more wants to

Maine News Online Oct 6, 2015
Former federal scientist Tony Turner was welcomed by Elizabeth May, leader of Green Party of Canada, on the stage at a Vancouver campaign …

Tony Turner: ‘Harperman’ scientist retiring from Environment Canada

Canada News – ‎Oct 4, 2015‎
An Environment Canada scientist by day and folk singer by night, Tony Turner never intended for his kitschy tune “Harperman” — a call to action for a change in government — to create waves from coast to coast. And he certainly didn’t think it would

May sings ‘Harperman’ with retired federal scientist Turner

Hamilton Spectator – ‎Oct 4, 2015‎
Tony Turner, the former Environment Canada scientist whose anti-Stephen Harper folk song “Harperman” got him suspended from his job, waits to perform it at a Green Party campaign rally in Vancouver on Saturday. Turner retired last week rather than wait …

How ‘Harperman‘ flipped Tony Turner’s life upside down

Globalnews.ca Oct 3, 2015
He was a stone’s throw from retirement when a song Tony Turner wrote and recorded thrust him into the spotlight and turned him into a political …

Elizabeth May sings ‘Harperman’ with ex-federal scientist Tony Turner

CTV News – ‎Oct 3, 2015‎
VANCOUVER — Elizabeth May says she supports civil servants’ right to free speech — and free song. The Green Party leader welcomed former federal scientist Tony Turner to retirement by bringing him on stage at a Vancouver campaign rally to sing his

Elizabeth May sings ‘Harperman’ with former federal scientist Tony Turner

Times Colonist – ‎Oct 3, 2015‎
The Green Party leader welcomed former federal scientist Tony Turner to retirement by bringing him on stage at a Vancouver campaign rally to sing his viral folk song “Harperman.” He later travelled to Metchosin to take part in a rally there. The

‘Harperman’ federal scientist Tony Turner retires rather than wait out

CBC.ca – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the union that represents Tony Turner, said Turner’s retirement took effect this week. He was suspended with pay this summer for allegedly breaching the government of Canada’s values and

Tony Turner, the suspended Environment Canada scientist who sang Harperman

National Post – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
Tony Turner, the suspended Environment Canada scientist whose “Harperman” video went viral and sparked a debate over the role of Canada’s impartial public service, has decided to retire. Turner was sent home several weeks ago on leave with pay …

‘Harperman’ singer Tony Turner retires from public service

MetroNews Canada – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
“I have always believed I acted within my rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that I was not in a conflict of interest with the department’s values and ethics code,” Turner said in a statement from PIPSC, the union representing federal

How a Canadian scientist became the voice of the anti-Harper movement

The Guardian – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
Over the last nine years, the prime minister has often clashed with the public service, cutting monitoring stations, pulping research libraries, slow-walking studies that would trigger protections for endangered species such as sharks, and banning

‘Harperman’ singer retires amid conflict of interest investigation

The Globe and Mail – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
… “Harperman” got him suspended from his job is retiring rather than waiting out an investigation into his behaviour. The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the union that represents Tony Turner, says Turner’s retirement took

Harperman songwriter steps down, hits campaign trail

Ottawa Citizen – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
The federal scientist, suspended by Environment Canada for writing and performing the political protest song Harperman, decided to retire this week so he can sing Harperman during the rest of the election campaign. The video of the song, with its

Federal scientist under investigation for ‘Harperman’ song retires

Yahoo News Canada (blog) – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
Tony Turner was put on administrative leave while he was investigated for writing and playing a song against Conservative Leader Stephen Harper. The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) said Friday that Turner chose to retire …

Civil servant suspended over Harperman song retires

TheChronicleHerald.ca – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
OTTAWA — The Environment Canada scientist whose anti-Stephen Harper folk song “Harperman” got him suspended from his job is retiring rather than waiting out an investigation into his behaviour. The Professional Institute of the Public Service of

‘Harperman’ singer retires from civil service

Hamilton Spectator – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
OTTAWA — The Environment Canada scientist whose anti-Stephen Harper folk song “Harperman” got him suspended from his job is retiring rather than waiting out an investigation into his behaviour.

Environment Canada Scientist Retires to Sing Another Day

EIN News (press release) – ‎Oct 2, 2015‎
/EINPresswire.com/ — Tony Turner, the federal scientist whose popular political folk song “Harperman” became a YouTube sensation when it was reported he was under investigation for alleged violation of the Harper government’s 2012 values and ethics …

Harperman sing-along goes to the Hill

Ottawa Citizen – ‎Sep 18, 2015‎
More than 1,000 people came to Parliament Hill Thursday to sing the protest song Harperman but the federal scientist who got suspended for writing it wasn’t among them. The Harperman song was instead led by Ottawa impresario Chris White, who was the …

Harperman singalong protest hits Parliament Hill

CBC.ca – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
Despite the headache the Harperman song has caused for Turner, Reeves said she has no regrets. “I’m proud of him. I think it was a song that was meant to be written. I don’t think he ever anticipated it would come to this, but it speaks truth to power

Harperman a hit on the Hill

CTV News – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
An estimated 1,000 people gathered on Parliament Hill today to sing Harperman. The anti-Stephen Harper anthem has gone viral since it was first recorded by Ottawa’s Tony Turner and uploaded to YouTube over a month ago. The sing along on the Hill was …

Political song ‘Harperman‘ going coast to coast on Thursday

Toronto Star – ‎Sep 15, 2015‎
Political song ‘Harperman‘ going coast to coast on Thursday. Singer/songwriter Tony Turner won’t be there when “Harperman” is sung on Thursday on Parliament Hill, or at any of the 41 events across Canada. Share on Facebook …

Harperman protest song performed in Regina

CBC.ca – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
A group of people gathered in downtown Regina during the noon hour Thursday to rally in support of freedom of expression and perform a song called Harperman. The song was written by Tony Turner, a physical scientist at Environment Canada and …

Harperman singalong protest hits Dorchester Square

CBC.ca – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
Many Montrealers showed up to sing the anti-Stephen Harper tune known as Harperman at Dorchester Square on Thursday. They joined hundreds of people who gathered in other cities across Canada to sing the song. The tune was originally written by Tony …

London folkies to unite against ‘Harperman

London Free Press – ‎Sep 15, 2015‎
Scores of singers and players are to meet at the northwest corner of Victoria Park Thursday at 12:30 p.m. They will sing Harperman and join in more than 40 community chorus of support Thursday for Turner. Mills said he knew Turner as a singer

Harperman protesters descend on Grand Parade

TheChronicleHerald.ca – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
A group of musical protesters descended on the Halifax Grand Parade on Thursday evening, joining in solidarity with others in nearly 50 cities across Canada. “Who preaches the politics of fear? Harperman! Harperman!” the sign-wielding gang sang in

Harperman” song draws a crowd

Belleville Intelligencer – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
The demonstration was in support of Tony Turner, a scientist with Environment Canada who was put on administrative leave with pay after creating and sharing an unflattering protest song about Harper titled Harperman. The song covers a wide-range of …

Hundreds gather on Parliament Hill for ‘Harperman‘ sing-along

MetroNews Canada – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
It’s usually a quiet place during an election campaign, but Parliament Hill turned into a raucous music venue Thursday afternoon when the “Harperman” protest song rang out across the lawn—twice. Several hundred people turned up for the Ottawa sing

Hundreds of public servants singing their discontent

Ottawa Sun – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
Led by local musician Chris White, and backdropped by the iconic Peace Tower, two renditions of the politically charged Harperman song were sung. The viral hit was written by Ottawa-area folk singer Tony Turner, who also works for Environment Canada.

Harperman protest singalong draws small group in Charlottetown

CBC.ca – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
About a dozen political protestors raised their voices Thursday in downtown Charlottetown for an anti-Stephen Harper singing session. The group was singing Harperman, a tune that pokes fun at Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and criticizes many of …

Harperman protest song comes to Saskatoon

Saskatoon StarPhoenix – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
Saskatoon is one of dozens of Canadian cities where people are planning a singalong of the controversial Harperman protest song. A group of Saskatoon citizens is hosting the singalong at Station 20 West Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Earlier this year, a

Singers gather to sing Harperman

London Free Press – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
Organizers Amanda Lynn Stubley and Paul Mills lead a chorus of approximately 80 people in singing Harperman at Victoria Park in London, Ont. on Thursday September 17, 2015. Similar gatherings took place in 41 other cities in Canada on Thursday, both …

VIDEO: Harperman singalong in Guelph Thursday & Kitchener Friday

570 News – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
Whether you’re an opera star or sing like you can crack a mirror you can take part in a Canada wide singalong of the Harperman song today in Guelph and tomorrow night in Kitchener. 34 communities have planned rallies to sing the Harperman song today.

On the Campaign Trail with Harperman

CounterPunch – ‎Sep 17, 2015‎
Even the person most Canadian leftists dislike—the ex-con, ex-mega-businessman and scholar Conrad Black—wrote recently that “nine years of joyless and sometimes nasty competence under Stephen Harper is an era of ill-feeling.” Harperman has sucked …
  • Raging Grannies join in anti-Harper protest song in Montreal

    Montreal Gazette – -September 17, 2015
    The Raging Grannies don’t often wade into the middle of a federal election, but something about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have them singing mad. Several Grannies were among the dozens of Montrealers who gathered in Dorchester Square on Thursday to join in a spirited singalong of Harperman…

    Harperman singalong protest hits Parliament Hill

    CBC.ca – ‎September 17, 2015
    Despite the headache the Harperman song has caused for Turner, Reeves said she has no regrets. “I’m proud of him. I think it was a song that was meant to be written. I don’t think he ever anticipated it would come to this, but it speaks truth to power

    Harperman sing-along goes to the Hill

    Ottawa Citizen – ‎‎September 17, 2015
    More than 1,000 people came to Parliament Hill Thursday to sing the protest song Harperman but the federal scientist who got suspended for writing it wasn’t among them. The Harperman song was instead led by Ottawa impresario Chris White, who was the …

    Harperman a hit on the Hill

    CTV News – ‎‎September 17, 2015
    When Harperman came to light he was suspended from his job and is being investigated for a breach of ethics. He was not able to attend the sing along of his own song. Sharon Reeves, his wife and a former government worker, thanked the crowd on Turner’s …

    Harperman‘ heard cross country

    Montreal Gazette – ‎‎September 17, 2015
    Harperman was heard across the country today as creators of the song and anti-Stephen Harper voters belted out a tune now popular for criticizing Canada’s prime minsiter. The song, originally interpreted by Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Tony Turner …

    Harperman protest song performed in Regina

    CBC.ca – ‎September 17, 2015
    A group of people gathered in downtown Regina during the noon hour Thursday to rally in support of freedom of expression and perform a song called Harperman. The song was written by Tony Turner, a physical scientist at Environment Canada and …

    Harperman” song draws a crowd

    Belleville Intelligencer – ‎‎September 17, 2015
    Despite how it might sound, “Harperman” is not the name of Canada’s newest superhero. The group of approximately 30 people who gathered in front of the library in Picton on Thursday cast Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the very opposite of a caped …

    Harperman protest singalong draws small group in Charlottetown

    CBC.ca – ‎September 17, 2015
    About a dozen political protestors raised their voices Thursday in downtown Charlottetown for an anti-Stephen Harper singing session. The group was singing Harperman, a tune that pokes fun at Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and criticizes many of …

    Harperman singalong protest hits Dorchester Square

    CBC.ca – ‎September 17, 2015
    Many Montrealers showed up to sing the anti-Stephen Harper tune known as Harperman at Dorchester Square on Thursday. They joined hundreds of people who gathered in other cities across Canada to sing the song. The tune was originally written by Tony …

    Harperman performed in Confederation Square

    Peterborough Examiner – ‎‎September 17, 2015
    Members of the Peterborough Raging Grannies and the Peterborough-Kawartha Chapter of The Council of Canadians, local musicians and singers take part in the nation-wide singing of the Harperman protest song with words and music by Tony Turner on …

    Hundreds gather on Parliament Hill for ‘Harperman‘ sing-along

    MetroNews Canada – ‎September 17, 2015
    It’s usually a quiet place during an election campaign, but Parliament Hill turned into a raucous music venue Thursday afternoon when the “Harperman” protest song rang out across the lawn—twice. Several hundred people turned up for the Ottawa sing

    Popular protest song “Harperman” performed at Charlottetown rally

    The Guardian – ‎‎September 17, 2015
    She joined a small group – she had hoped for a larger crowd, but Islanders tend to keep to themselves, she observed – to sing Harperman, the famous protest song by Ottawa’s Tony Turner that saw the scientist and songwriter suspended from his job for …

    Harperman protest song comes to Saskatoon

    Saskatoon StarPhoenix – ‎‎September 17, 2015
    Saskatoon is one of dozens of Canadian cities where people are planning a singalong of the controversial Harperman protest song. A group of Saskatoon citizens is hosting the singalong at Station 20 West Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Earlier this year, a
  • Harpermania builds as sing-a-long approaches

    Toronto Star – ‎‎September 16, 2015
    Singing civil servant Tony Turner has attracted massive attention since his Harperman protest song was posted on YouTube in June. More than 2-million viewers have followed his song on YouTube, which urge voters to turf Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
  • PS union backs down from urging members to use ‘volunteer’ time for protest

    Ottawa Citizen – ‎September 16, 2015
    The Canadian Association of Professional Employees, which represents economists, statisticians and other professionals in federal departments, is still encouraging its members to attend the Harperman singalong but is urging “precautions,” such as …
  • Union offers tips for federal workers joining Harperman protest chorus

    Ottawa Sun – September 16, 2015
    (Harperman is the protest song penned by an Environment Canada scientist, who was suspended after a video recording of the song was …
  • Union backing off recommending public servants take ‘volunteer

    National Post September 16, 2015
    The highly political song calls for the ouster of the Harper government with the chorus “Harperman, it’s time for you to go.” CAPE had suggested …
  • Political trackHarpermangoing coast to coast on Thursday | Toronto Star

    The Times (subscription) – ‎September 16, 2015
    Turner’s campfire-style track of a litany of misdeeds, from being a “two-bit management freak” and muzzling scientists to patronage and ignoring “the reason for every little thing.” The refrain goes: “Time to maneuver on, on, on/ Get out of city, city
  • Political song ‘Harperman’ going coast to coast on Thursday

    Hamilton Spectator – September 16, 2015
    Singer/songwriter Tony Turner won’t be there when “Harperman” is sung on Thursday on Parliament Hill, or at any of the 41 events across Canada. You won’t see or hear singer/songwriter Tony Turner when his anti-Stephen Harper ditty, “Harperman,” is performed on Thursday at several locations in Toronto…

  • London folkies to unite against ‘Harperman

    London Free Press – Sept 15, 2015
    The scientist and singer was suspended after putting out a politically-charged song critical of the federal government called Harperman.

  • Public Servants Should Be Able to Exercise Their Full Political Rights

    Huffington Post Canada – Sept 14, 2015
    For those who missed it, Tony Turner and friends posted an online performance of Mr. Turner’s song Harperman detailing a litany of criticisms …

  • Nova Scotian protesters to join Harperman singalong this week

    Truro Daily News – Sep 14, 2015
    17 at 5 p.m., Mike Chandler with the SolidariGLEE protest choir will lead a sing-along of Harperman, a protest song written by Ontario folksinger …

  • Brantford-area farmer carves “Anybody but Harper!!” into his field

    Toronto StarSep 11, 2015
    It’s not “Harperman,” the YouTube folk song written by an Environment Canada scientist, but the message behind the crop-sign is loud and …
  • Nova Scotian protesters to join Harperman singalong next week

    Nova News Now – ‎Sep 11, 2015‎
    17 at 5 p.m., Mike Chandler with the SolidariGLEE protest choir will lead a sing-along of Harperman, a protest song written by Ontario folksinger and scientist Tony Turner. The sing-along is planned for 34 cities across the country on Thursday from
  • Protesters in Halifax taking part in Harperman sing-along

    MetroNews Canada – ‎Sep 11, 2015‎
    In Grand Parade on Thursday at 5 p.m., Mike Chandler with the SolidariGLEE protest choir will lead a sing-along of Harperman, a protest song written by Ontario folksinger and scientist Tony Turner. The sing-along is planned for 34 cities across the
  • NDP candidate opens campaign office with ‘Harperman‘ sing-along

    Seaway News Sep 11, 2015
    SDSG NDP candidate Patrick Burger sings ‘Harperman‘ with supporters at his campaign office opening in Cornwall, Ont., on September 11, …
  • Harperman singalong planned for Sept. 17

    Peterborough Examiner – ‎Sep 10, 2015‎
    The Council of Canadians and the Raging Grannies are inviting everyone down to the corner ot George and McDonnel streets Sept. 17 for a Harperman singalong at 5 p.m.. Participants are asked to find the lyrics online and bring them along. Instruments
  • Community invited to singalong of ‘Harperman‘ on Sept. 17

    Kawartha Media Group – ‎Sep 10, 2015‎
    Defenders of free speech will take part in a cross-Canada singing of the protest song Harperman on Thursday (Sept. 17) at 5:30 p.m.. Peterborough’s singalong will be hosted at the corner of McDonnel and George streets, across from Confederation Park.
  • Guelph and Kitchener expected to join communities across Canada to sing “Harperman”

    570News.com – Sept 10, 2015
    Thousands of Canadians from 34 communities across the country will join to sing “Harperman” to show their opposition to Stephen Harper’s government and leadership. Next Thursday at noon people are gathering at St. George’s Square in Guelph…

  • From Harperman to candidates: Federal public servants ready for battle against

    National Post – ‎Sep 8, 2015‎
    The popularity of Tony Turner’s song Harperman on the Internet has also exposed how social media is broadening the way public servants can get politically involved with such speed and permanence that the lines are being blurred between their private
  • John Doyle: Conservative campaign unravelling as refugee crisis unfolds

    The Globe and Mail – ‎Sep 8, 2015‎
    You remember the sweater. The Harperman wore it, famously, in his “Family is everything” TV commercials in the 2008 federal election campaign. Got up in a soft blue sweater he smiled and claimed to “play a lot of card games with the kids” and to go to
  • Labour Day rally draws cabbies, teachers and strains of Harperman

    Ottawa SunSep 7, 2015
    The lyrics to the now-Ottawa-famous folk song Harperman rang out Monday as union members and supporters took part in the city’s annual …
  • Let’s vote with the whole planet in mind

    Nanaimo News Bulletin – Sep 7, 2015

    Most recently, Tony Turner, a scientist for Environment Canada, was put … political protest song, Harperman, which has gone viral on YouTube.

  • Public servants brace for war against Conservatives

    Ottawa Citizen – Sep 7, 2015‎
    The popularity of Tony Turner’s song Harperman on the Internet has also exposed how social media is broadening the way public servants can get politically involved with such speed and permanence that the lines are being blurred between their private

  • Canadian public servant could be fired as protest song goes viral

    Human Capital Magazine Online – ‎Sep 7, 2015
    As a result of his Harperman tune, Tony Turner has been suspended for allegedly breaching department policy and restrictions on political activities. He is on leave without pay pending the department’s investigation, which will establish if he breached

  • Taking back the country – with song

    Common Ground.ca Sep 7, 2015
    … is Harperman, written by Environment Canada scientist Tony Turner, who is also … A public servant for 19 years, Turner was placed on leave – 30 days away …

    PODCAST: Harperman protest song interview

    Life in QuebecSep 5, 2015
    Earlier this week we got the chance to talk to Chris White and Andrew Hall – they are part of the of the team behind the Harperman protest song …

    Public servant could be fired as protest song goes viral

    Human Resources Director Canada Sep 4, 2015
    Singer-songwriter Tony Turner, who is also a habitat planner with Environment Canada, penned and recorded a song called Harperman, which …

    Canadian public servant Tony Turner likely to be sacked after his

    Ballarat Courier Sep 3, 2015

    But singer-songwriter Tony Turner, who is also a geographer with … recorded the protest song Harperman in June with an impromptu choir …

  • Canadian public servant Tony Turner likely to be sacked after his folk song

    The Canberra Times – ‎Sept 2
    Turner, well known in the Canadian capital Ottawa’s folk music scene, recorded the protest song Harperman in June with an impromptu choir calling themselves the Crowd of Well Wishers. The tune – either catchy or gauche, depending on one’s taste – has …
  • Column: ‘Harperman‘ hits sound waves

    Williams Lake Tribune -Sept 1
    In response to his church’s Social Justice Committee’s concerns over some government policies, Tony Turner wrote the song, “Harperman.
  • Combien de coups de fouet pour Harperman?

    Le Journal de Montréal Sep 1, 2015
    Harperman, une chanson qu’il a composée en juin, a fait le tour du pays. Au moment où j’écris ces lignes, on l’a visionnée sur YouTube au …
  • Harperman‘ protest song singer could make role of an impartial civil service

    National Post – ‎Sep 1, 2015‎
    The suspended federal scientist whose political protest song Harperman has taken the Internet by storm is becoming a folk hero and might unwittingly make the role of Canada’s impartial public service into an election issue. The suspension of Tony
  • Canadian Scientist Muzzled For Writing And Performing Song About Canadian

    Techdirt – Sept 1
    Tony Turner, a physical scientist who most recently was working on a study of migratory birds, has been put on administrative leave with pay over allegations that his participation in his song Harperman puts him in a conflict of interest, the union
  • Canada: Federal scientist put on leave over video anti-Harper protest song

    The Moderate Voice – Sept 1

    Tony Turner, a physical scientist at Environment Canada and longtime singer-songwriter in Ottawa’s folk music scene, wrote the controversial tune Harperman. Turner was sent home in mid-August, according to his union, over concerns that his song

  • Letters: Three views on political protest song Harperman

    Ottawa Citizen – ‎Sept 1
    Do Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, and Diane McIntyre, who sang one of the verses in Harperman — a music video posted on YouTube — really believe that Turner is only a public servant while he is at work and that
    • Folksinger to folk hero: ‘Harperman‘ makes PS an election issue

      Ottawa Citizen – ‎Aug 31
      The suspended federal scientist whose political protest song Harperman has taken the Internet by storm is becoming a folk hero and might unwittingly make the role of Canada’s impartial public service into an election issue. The suspension of Tony
    • Newsmaker: Tony Turner, the scientist turned ‘Harperman‘ star

      Macleans.ca – ‎Aug 31
      Tony Turner composed his into a ditty. “Who’s the king of secrecy? Harperman, Harperman. Who has slashed the CBC? Harperman, Harperman.” With a choir bobbing in the background and a soloist performing one verse, Turner strums his acoustic guitar to …
    • Harperman‘ Protest Song Gets Performer Suspended from Job

      VOCM – ‎Aug 31, 2015‎
      A protest song about the federal Conservatives has gone viral online after its composer was suspended from his job for writing it. VOCM’s Andrew Hawthorn reports. The song in question, Harperman, is a folk protest song offering a gamut of criticism
    • Punishing birdwatching songwriter ensures ‘Harperman‘ a place in Canadian folk

      rabble.ca (blog) – ‎Aug 31, 2015‎
      On September 17, from coast to coast to coast, a national performance of “Harperman” by ordinary citizens will take place, at 2:00 p.m. eastern. Who’d a thunk it? Rusty voice or no, I’m looking forward to that — and to a repeat performance on October 20.
    • Harperman, it’s time for you to go

      rabble.ca (blog) – ‎Aug 31, 2015‎

      On September 17, from coast to coast to coast, a national performance of “Harperman” by ordinary citizens will take place, at 2:00 pm Eastern. Who’d a thunk it? Rusty voice or no, I’m looking forward to that — and to a repeat performance on October 20.

  • Parfum de dictature au Canada après la suspension d’un

    Radio Shems FM (Communiqué de presse) – ‎Aug 30

    Le sujet de la discorde est la chanson “Harperman” diffusée en juin dernier sur Youtube et qui a enregistré plus 210 mille vues. Dans sa chanson Tony Turner a dressé la liste des faits reprochés au Premier ministre Stephen Harper au pouvoir depuis neuf …

  • Canada: scientifique suspendu pour une chanson critique du

    Le Nouvelliste – Aug 30
    Pour avoir écrit et chanter “Harperman“, chanson critique envers le premier ministre conservateur Harper, le scientifique Tony Turner d’Environnement Canada a été suspendu, le temps d’une enquête administrative dénoncée par un syndicat. Un scientifique …

  • VIDÉO – Un fonctionnaire canadien suspendu après une chanson

    RTL.fr – Aug 30
    Harperman, Harperman / Qui est le roi du secret? / Harperman, Harperman (…) / Harperman, il est temps pour vous de partir”. À cause de sa chanson diffusée en juin dernier sur YouTube et dressant une liste de faits reprochés au Premier ministre

  • Harperman case: Can public servants be political activists?

    CBC.ca – Aug 30‎
    Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, was sent home on leave with pay pending a government investigation into the making of Harperman, a highly critical song about Conservative Leader Stephen Harper that has amassed …

  • Canada Un fonctionnaire suspendu pour une chanson critique du

    L’Alsace.fr – ‎Aug 29, 2015‎
    Harperman, Harperman / Qui est le roi du secret? / Harperman, Harperman / Qui a entaillé la CBC [la radio et la télévision d’Etat anglophone, NDLR] / Harperman, Harperman / Harperman, il est temps pour vous de partir», chante M. Turner accompagné de …

  • Autre coup de filet de l’UPAC

    Journal L’Avantage – ‎Aug 29, 2015‎

    Dans sa chanson Harperman, Turner dit que le premier ministre musèle les scientifiques, ne respecte pas l’environnement et restreint la liberté de presse. Le refrain se termine par: «Harperman, c’est le temps de partir (Harperman, it’s time for you to

  • Suspension d’un scientifique fédéral : des candidats inquiets

    ICI.Radio-Canada.ca – ‎Aug 29, 2015‎
    Le sort d’un fonctionnaire fédéral et chanteur de folk amateur, suspendu avec salaire pour avoir composé une chanson critique du gouvernement Harper fait réagir les candidats fédéraux. « Lui, il était brave pour faire ça, explique la candidate néo
  • Canada: un scientifique suspendu pour une chanson

    Sputnik France – ‎Aug 29, 2015‎
    Sa chanson Harperman a remporté le prix de l’Ottawa Grassroots Festival, qui avait pour thème «chansons de protestations, chansons d’espoir». Le chanteur-scientifique travaillait à Environnement Canada depuis 20 ans. Il ne lui restait que quelques mois …

  • Professor am Umweltministerium wegen regierungskritischen Song

    Radio Utopie (Germany) – Aug 29
    In „Harperman muss gehen“ werden auf kurze, prägnante Weise alle Massnahmen der konservativen Regierung unter ihrem Chef, …

  • Канадского ученого уволили за антиправительственную песню

    Полит.ру (polit.ru, Russia) – Aug 29
    Свою песню Harperman Тернер исполнил вместе с хором. В ней он призвал премьер-министра уйти в отставку. В результате Тернера …

  • Op-Ed: Scientist being investigated for Harperman protest song

    Digital Journal – Aug 29, 2015‎
    Tony Turner, was not speaking to the media without permission, he was performing with a group of mostly elderly singers, a protest song “Harperman“. The song certainly suggests Harper should go and is highly critical of the prime minister as one would …

  • Tories look foolish muzzling civil servants

    Brandon Sun Aug 29, 2015

    Tony Turner, an Environment Canada scientist in habitat planning, was … “Harperman” — for which a music video was posed on YouTube last …

  • Harperman, Second Verse

    Humans vs Harper – Aug 29
    A few weeks ago we posted a link to “Harperman,” a song by well-known Ottawa folk singer, Tony Turner. It seems to have become the anthem of the movement to get rid of Harper and the Conservatives. Many of you liked the song, and…

  • Scientist Who Wrote Protest Song About Canada’s PM Is Put On Leave

    NPR – Aug 28
    Tony Turner wrote and performed the song “Harperman,” leading a (barefooted) choir known as the Crowd of Well Wishers through lyrics that ask questions such as “Who squashes all dissent?” and “Who muzzles all the scientists?” A physical scientist and …

  • Scientist Who Wrote Protest Song About Canada’s PM Is Put On Leave

    Capital Public Radio News Aug 28, 2015

    Tony Turner wrote and performed the song “Harperman,” leading a (barefooted) choir known as the Crowd of Well Wishers through lyrics that …

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    Press TV (Iran) – Aug 28, 2015
    Harperman, Harperman. Who squashes all dissent? Harperman, Harperman,” the Harperman song goes on with an accompanying choir.

  • Harperman‘ singer investigated for alleged conflict of interest

    The Globe and Mail – ‎Aug 28
    Tony Turner, a physical scientist who most recently was working on a study of migratory birds, has been put on administrative leave with pay over allegations that his participation in his song Harperman puts him in a conflict of interest, the union

  • Un fonctionnaire suspendu pour sa chanson anti-Harper

    LaPresse.ca – ‎Aug 28, 2015‎
    «Harperman, it’s time for you to go» (Harperman, il est temps pour vous de partir), chante M. Turner dans le refrain, accompagné d’une quarantaine de personnes qui sont décrites au début de la vidéo comme une «chorale impromptue». Le ministère de …

  • L’auteur d’une chanson anti-Harper est sous enquête

    Le Journal de Montréal – ‎Aug 28, 2015‎
    Tony Turner, un scientifique à l’emploi d’Environnement Canada, est suspendu pour avoir enfreint le code d’éthique de la fonction publique. Sa chanson Harperman, qui critique ouvertement le Premier Ministre canadien, serait en cause. M. Turner a bel et …

  • Canada government suspends scientist for folk song about prime minister

    The Guardian – ‎Aug 28‎
    The song, which is recorded with a backing choir and a double bass, with Turner himself on the guitar, contains lyrics like “no respect for environment / Harperman, it’s time for you to go”, and “no more cons, cons, cons / we want you gone, gone gone

  • Environment Canada scientist placed on leave over ‘Harperman

    CTV News – Aug 28
    Harperman” was written by scientist and Ottawa folk singer Tony Turner. The controversial song was posted on YouTube in June, ahead of the fall federal election, and has been viewed nearly 67,000 times as of Friday evening. In the video, Turner plays

  • Union says suspended ‘Harperman‘ scientist has same charter rights

    Ottawa Citizen – Aug 28
    The federal scientist whose impartiality is under scrutiny for writing and performing the protest song Harperman to get rid of the Conservative government has the same Charter rights to free speech as all Canadians, says the union representing him.

  • Un scientifique fédéral suspendu après avoir écrit une chanson

    ICI.Radio-Canada.ca – Aug 28
    Le refrain se termine par : « Harperman, c’est le temps de partir (Harperman, it’s time for you to go) ». Selon la porte-parole du syndicat, …

  • MUZZLED: Feds stifle singing scientist

    The Vancouver Observer – Aug 28
    Instead of being at work mapping Canadian bird migrations, the singing scientist is free to promote a cross-Canada singalong of #Harperman on September 17, just a month before the 42nd federal election. He asks people to visit his website to learn the

  • Singing federal civil servant placed on leave for scathing

    Toronto Star – Aug 28
    Longtime federal employee Tony Turner was sent home last week after writing and performing “Harperman,” featured in a bouncy YouTube music video that accuses the Conservative leader of a litany of misdeeds and urges him to “get out of town.”.

  • Harperman‘ singer’s suspension ‘ridiculously unfounded’: Union

    Ottawa Sun – Aug 28
    Turner was recently featured in a video singing Harperman, a song he wrote preaching an end to Stephen Harper’s time in office. The chorus of the song ends with “Harperman, it’s time for you to go.” As a citizen, he’s constitutionally protected under

  • Public servant investigated over political ‘Harperman‘ song

    Windsor Star – Aug 28
    Public servant investigated over political ‘Harperman‘ song. Lively discourse is the lifeblood of any healthy democracy and The Star encourages readers to …

  • Ottawa public servant under investigation for ‘Harperman‘ protest song

    Yahoo News Canada (blog ) – Aug 28
    A federal government scientist in Ottawa has been put on administrative leave and is under investigation for writing and singing a protest song …

  • Public servant put on leave after releasing anti-Harper folk song

    Globalnews.ca – Aug 28
    The song, Harperman, was put on YouTube and Vimeo in June and features Tony Turner, a scientist with Environment Canada, leading a …

  • Federal scientist put on leave over Harperman protest song

    CBC.ca – Aug. 28
    and “Won’t buy into climate change until it’s sold on the stock exchange.” Its chorus ends with the blunt line “Harperman, it’s time for you to go.” …

  • Public servant investigated for performing anti-Harper song

    Saskatoon StarPhoenix – Aug 28
    Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, recently was sent home on leave with pay while the government investigates the making of Harperman, a music video posted on YouTube in June that has attracted about 48,000 views.

  • ‘Harperman’ Song Puts Federal Scientist Under Ethics Investigation

    Huffington Post Canada – Aug 28
    An Ottawa folk singer’s “Harperman” protest song has landed him in hot water with his employer — the federal government. According to The Ottawa Citizen, scientist Tony Turner was recently put on leave after an anti-Stephen Harper singalong he wrote

  • In today’s Twelve Thirty Six, Toronto’s new lunchtime tabloid, Tom

    Toronto Life (blog)- Aug 28
    “Harperman,” a Pete Seeger-style music video by soon-to-retire Environment Canada habitat planner Tony Turner and an all-ages choir, was …

  • Public servant being investigated for writing and performing anti

    National Post – Aug 28
    The song, with its chorus “Harperman, it’s time for you to go,” was recorded in a Westboro hall. The chorus is a call to dump Stephen Harper’s …

  • Public servant investigated over political ‘Harperman’ song

    Ottawa Citizen – Aug 27
    An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government. Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment

  • Video: Folk singer writes “Harperman” to rally Canadians to dump

    Straight.com (blog) – Jul 3
    That’s because the Ottawa folk singer who wrote “Harperman“, Tony Turner, has issued a challenge to people across Canada to make their …

  • Harperman: A protest song

    rabble.ca – Jul 2
    Harperman is a protest song against the Conservative government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Sing along with us or get your …

11 thoughts on “Press”

  1. Every radio station in the country should play this at least once an hour between now and election day. Stop the dismantling, fragmenting and pitting! If we don’t get the vote out and make the change the Canada we once knew and loved will be merely a memory.

  2. Harper’s good judgement – Doctor featured in PM Harper’s video now accused of child abduction and on run from RCMP

    Attached is the latest example of Harper’s judgement.
    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/kurdish-doctor-featured-in-one-of-harpers-promotional-videos-now-accused-of-child-abduction

    These are not the values of the Canada that I grew up in. And they are certainly not the values of the Canada that I want to pass on to my children.

    Until Harper, I had never known anyone with so many criminal associates (see #1 below).
    • The old Duff /Wallin/Brazeau,
    • Ray Novak (PMs current Chief of Staff) and Nigel Wright (PMs former chief of staff) versus PMs Lawyer Benjamin Perrin – somebody’s lying and guilty of perjury and trying to cover it up so Canadians would not hear about it and trying to sway an audit, etc., etc, etc., – and their all former PM soldiers,
    • And if you think control freak Harper doesn’t know about this – you are crazy,
    • Bruce “Bad Boy” Carson (trial happening now),
    • Arthur “Artful Dogder” Porter,
    • Dirty Senators (Housakos and Carignan their names came up at the Charbonneau Commission in Quebec – corruption in the construction industry),
    • Dean Del Mastro MP – election fraud – Remember, Del Mastro was in charge of Ethics for Harper (see #2 below),
    • and his brother writing cheques to employees if they donate to Del Mastro’s campaign (see #3 below complete with copy of cheque),
    • Finley and Guerstein (charged in 2011 under the Canada Elections Act for their role in the In and Out scandal),
    • Michael “Pierre Poutine?” Sona – Conservative party RoboCall scandal,
    • MP Peter Penashue’s sidekick Reginald Bowers (charged in 2015 under the Elections Canada for failing to return ineligible campaign contributions and for misleading the chief electoral officer in submitted documents)
    • And if Duffy is guilty of bribery, why wasn’t Wright charged as well?
    • and now we have Dr. Azer,
    • ..and the list continues and just keeps growing…

    The last 10 years has been like watching the old mafia movies that played when I was growing up. Maybe we should be asking who the hell amongst them have not been charged with a criminal activity. Oh right, the boss man hasn’t technically been nailed yet – he just runs the whole bloody crooked outfit.

    Harperman has got to go!

    1.http://www.pressprogress.ca/here_are_17_more_friends_stephen_harper_who_are_now_trouble_with_law
    2. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/25/convicted-former-mp-del-mastro-finds-out-if-he-goes-to-jail.html
    3. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/new-evidence-backs-claims-of-questionable-dean-del-mastro-donations

  3. How the Conservatives got tough on Crime

    http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/lisa-kerr-and-anthony-n-doob-how-the-conservatives-have-changed-crime-policy

    In the Harper Decade, our collective voice of reason and moderation in criminal justice, which has served us reasonably well in the past, has faded from the Parliament of Canada – Lisa Kerr and Anthony N. Doob.
    Prison terms are longer and punishments more severe – at a time when crime is in decline.

  4. Now that the press coverage it hot, it’s time for harperman.ca to migrate to a higher purpose.

    Social media has become a mighty facilitator of grassroots movements and, in Canada, it has the advantage of participants keeping below the $500 muzzling limit:
    The harperman.ca home page should be links to news articles and commentaries that expose the anti-democratic activities of the current government.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of Harper is for good people to do nothing.
    – with inspiration from Edmund Burke

  5. What a wonderfully Canadian protest song! Well done!! Songs are extraordinarily powerful and Mr Harper knows that. Little wonder his stooges fired you. Know that you have a nation ready to lift their voices with you and take our country back. Thank you for what you have created and launched.

  6. I’m so glad Tony wrote and performed the song. Another timely event to show how controlling this gov’t has become.

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