Daniel Durand's was trained as an astronomer. He works at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics of the National Research Council.
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Federal Scientists Don’t Feel They Can Speak Out, Even If Public Health and Safety at Risk
Publish Date: 21-OCT-2013 10:58 AM
The results of the first extensive survey on the actual scale and impact of muzzling and political interference among federal government scientists are in, and they are even more damning of the Harper government – and more worrying for science and the public interest – than at first feared.
Between June 5 and 19, 2013, invitations to participate in an online survey on science and the federal public service (conducted by Environics) were sent to 15,398 federal scientists who are PIPSC members, of which 4,069 participated. The results of the survey, outlined in a report published today titled The Big Chill: Silencing Public Interest Science, A Survey, are considered accurate + or - 1.6%, 19 times out of 20.
The Harper government has dismantled one of the world's top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.
Scientists try to identify chemicals as developments continue to expand. Working with some of the country’s most sensitive equipment, the team of 60 experts is putting together the most complete picture of air pollution from oilsands projects to date, determining the various emissions from mines, upgraders, trucks, how far the pollution spreads and the impact on forest and lakes and human health.