Swelling of feds’ communications staff reflects growing ‘public relations state’ : experts
Publish Date: 11-AUG-2014 09:54 AM
The swelling of the federal government’s communications bureaucracy to more than 3,000 workers reflects a “public relations state” designed to keep pace with the news cycle and politicize government messaging, experts say. “Spending more on communication isn’t problematic in itself,” Josh Greenberg, director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication, wrote in an email. “It becomes problematic to the extent that it increases the likelihood of blurring the lines between public information and party propaganda.”  
High Arctic research station saved by new funding
Publish Date: 17-MAY-2013 08:27 AM
Canada's northernmost research lab won't have to shut down after all and will be able to resume year-round operations, with the help of a new grant from the federal government. The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in Eureka, Nunavut, will receive $5 million over five years, Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear announced Friday  
Scientists shocked after Harper government assigns IT staff to monitor ozone data
Publish Date: 15-SEP-2012 09:54 AM
Atmospheric scientists from around the world are asking Environment Canada to back down from a plan that they believe would compromise ozone and radiation monitoring by putting it into the hands of an Information Technology computer expert. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Sept. 16 signing of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to reduce ozone-depleting pollution in the atmosphere, the scientists said they were shocked to learn about the budget cuts and staffing changes made by the Harper government.  
Dr. Thomas McElroy, Senior Research Scientist, Environment Canada
Publish Date: 12-NOV-2010 08:42 AM
Dr. Tom McElroy is very active in Canada and internationally on issues related to ozone. He is a co-inventor of the Brewer Ozone Spectrophotometer in use in 41 countries world-wide and is the designer of the 'double Brewer', the most accurate ozone measuring instrument in the Global Ozone Observing System.