Saturday, August 29, 2015

Videos & Articles re great Harperman Protest Song - by Scientist, Tony Turner

Wow - the videos of the Harperman Protest Song by scientist, Tony Turner, are great !
He is a "longtime singer-songwriter in Ottawa's folk music scene".
Below are links to the YouTube video, Vimeo video,  news articles and websites re the Harperman Song Project
At the end, I have put Tony Turner's own Singer/Songwriter website.  If you look at his website, you will see NO mention of his employment.

NOTE:     Bolding & coloured text was done by me.

                Federal scientist put on leave

                over Harperman protest song

Environment Canada staffer Tony Turner wrote and performed anti-Tory song
CBC News
by Haydn Watters
Posted: Aug 28, 2015 3:40 PM ET - Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015 4:44 PM ET
A scientist with Environment Canada has been put on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation for creating a politically charged protest song about ousting Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

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 breached Environment Canada's value and ethics code.

Turner has been a public servant for nearly 20 years and was planning to retire in roughly one month. He was working on a project involving migratory birds.
Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), confirmed to CBC News that Turner is under investigation. PIPSC is the union which represents federal scientists.
"[Environment Canada] is alleging … [Turner] has violated the departmental code of values and ethics in that the writing and performing of this song somehow impeded his ability to impartially study migratory birds," she said.
"There doesn't seem to be a lot of formal grounds to base this in and certainly the courts have been loud and clear on the matter of how public servants can legitimately participate in a federal election."

              videos - Harperman, a Protest Song
Harperman is written and performed by Ottawa folksinger Tony Turner. This video was recorded in a live session on 12 June 2015 and features Tony Turner on guitar and lead vocal, with Ann Downey on upright bass. Thanks to impressario and project manager Chris White for organizing this impromptu choir, the Crowd of Well Wishers, on short notice.
Sound recording is by j sonier. Video recording is by Andrew Hall and Matthew Hall. Video and sound mixing is by Andrew Hall, who produced this live recording. Project manager is Chris White. For more details, go to

Vimeo video - Harperman
at Gil's Hootennany
a May 1 singalong of songs of protest & hope

                      Harperman Song Project

Song lyrics, chords and other details are available on this website.
The Harperman logo and t-shirts are ready to go. Be the first one on your street to proudly wear this quality Canadian-made t-shirt that makes such a great statement. When Harper shows up in your city, and he probably will sometime in the next two months, show up at his event wearing your Harperman t-shirt. Make sure the news and TV cameras get a good chance to take a picture. It all counts.

           Cross-Canada Harperman Sing-Along

People will sing "Harperman" on Parliament Hill and 14 other locations on Thursday, September 17th.
In 1 day, this website has already exceeded goal of raising $5,000.
Money is needed for sound equipment, technicians, musicians and publicists. Your support will increase the impact of this sing-along event about Canadian values and human rights. Please donate what you can.  And wherever you are, please sing the song on September 17th.
A note about "Harperman" t-shirts:
We are working on making t-shirts available... we just need to sort out details on sizes, prices etc.  Please stand by!  Check for updates, or e-mail to be notified when shirts are available.


      Union says suspended 'Harperman' scientist

         has same charter rights as all Canadians

Ottawa Citizen
Kathryn May

Published on: August 28, 2015 - Last Updated: August 28, 2015 9:56 PM EDT

(Debi Daviau is the President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service - PIPSC.)
said Turner sought clearance from the union before posting the controversial rendition of his song, Harperman, on YouTube in June. It’s unclear whether he sought similar advice from management or the department’s ethics officer.

She said union representatives advised him to remove all “traces of being a public servant from the public sphere.” He wasn’t identified on the video as a public servant, and his music biography and website don’t refer to his public service job.
Daviau said the video was made on his own time, used no government resources, and revealed nothing confidential about his program or department. He didn’t produce the video and had no control over the posting on Your Tube.
The investigation was sparked by a complaint, but the union doesn’t know whether it came from another public servant, politician or member of the public.


“He works for the Government of Canada, and today it is led by the Conservative government. But his boss is not Stephen Harper and his duty of loyalty is to the Government of Canada, not to Harper,” said Daviau.


    website for Tony Turner  -  Singer/Songwriter


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