As part of the 2014 CFIA Consultations, the Professional Institute of The Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) has submitted a detailed analysis of each of the following proposals:


On the morning of October 22, researchers and science staff from Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture & Agri-food Canada and the Department of National Defence demonstrated in Québec city at the entrance of Université Laval in support of research in the federal government.


Interview with Michael Halpern from the Union of Concerned Scientists on CBC's radio show The Current on October 23, 2014.


Over 800 scientists worldwide have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on the federal government to restore funding cut from its science programs and to remove barriers to the ability of Canadian government scientists to collaborate internationally.


As scientists outside of Canada committed to international cooperation in confronting threats to the planet and human health, we urge you to remove excessive and burdensome restrictions and barriers to scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.


Panel on Communication & Collaboration: Government Science as a Partner for Innovation


October 8, 2014 Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Evidence 4 Democracy (E4D) released a report that grades science-based federal departments’ communication policies for openness of communication, protection against political interference, right to free speech and protection for whistleblowers.


The release today of a new report grading federal science-based departments’ communication policies for openness of communication, protection against political interference, the right to free speech and protection for whistleblowers is being welcomed by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC)


Science is a fundamental part of Canadian culture and society, affecting both individual and social life.


On September 9, 2014, Chalk River scientists held an info picket outside Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) facilities to draw attention to the Government-owned Contractor-operated management model - semi-privatization of the laboratories.


Trees for Science!

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On September 19, members of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) joined members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Save Ocean Science (SOS) in St. Andrews, NB, for a ceremonial tree planting event.


As part of the upcoming People’s Social Forum (August 21-24, 2014), PIPSC will be sponsoring the workshop Censoring Science.


The Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) has released a Policy Brief Series on the Science/Policy Interface. The Director of ISSP, Marc Saner, writes that


The John Maddox Prize rewards an individual who has promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest.


The voice of is now on Twitter!


Evidence for Democracy is assembling a network of experts to monitor and report on the use of evidence in government decisions.


Heather Douglas, Philosophy professor and Waterloo Chair in Science & Society, moderated a town hall in Waterloo addressing federal government cuts to science research.


The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) is a freshwater research facility in Northwestern Ontario, Canada that has operated as a government research program for over 45 years.


On May 16th, Health Canada launched a public consultation process to solicit feedback on a revised version of Safety Code 6.


The CFIA’s is currently revising its “Improved Food Inspection Model” (iFIM) and creating a new “Integrated Agency Inspection Model” (iAIM).


CSPC 2014 is currently looking for “dynamic, interactive, and engaging panel sessions and case studies that align with the conference themes and would appeal to a diverse, national audience.”


Close to 5,000 researchers, including 55 international participants from some 40 countries, will gather in Montreal for the 82nd Congress of ACFAS.


Save Ocean Science!

05-MAY-2014 09:00 AM  

SOS is a group of citizens who are committed to the future of the Atlantic region’s marine economy, environment and traditions, particularly in southwest New Brunswick.


Cuts to science, vanishing environmental programs, and library closures: all expressed as “the war on science”.


Silence of the labs

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Scientists across the country are expressing growing alarm that federal cutbacks to research programs monitoring areas that range from climate change and ocean habitats to public health will deprive Canadians of crucial information.


Dr. Munir Sheikh, Former Chief Statistician of Canada, Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and Distinguished Fellow at the School of Public Policy, Queen's University


PIPSC has been working alongside other unions, advocacy groups and media to promote the importance of government science through research projects and public awareness.


Canadians hoping to gauge the hazards of the Harper government’s ongoing budget cuts need look no further than the impact of the cuts on government science, concludes a new report by the PIPSC titled “Vanishing Science,” based on recent, separate surveys of federal government scientists and the public.


On The Fifth Estate, “Silence of the Labs”, about cuts to public science in Canada. To learn more about this topic, read “The Big Chill” at


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.


As part of the Institute’s ongoing efforts to support the government scientists it represents and to promote the importance public science, PIPSC is now conducting a survey of all members with science-based jobs.


In response to increasing concerns about the integrity and independence of scientific research, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has launched a campaign to “Get Science Right”.


On July 10th, well over one thousand scientists and their supporters, many wearing their lab coats, marched through the streets of Ottawa and on to Parliament Hill to send a strong message to the federal government.