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PIPSC to reveal findings of a major survey documenting "muzzling" among federal scientists

Ottawa, October 18, 2013 – On Monday October 21st, Gary Corbett, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) will reveal the results of a major survey hosted by Environics Research to gauge the scale and impact of “muzzling” and political interference among federal scientists.

Between June 5 and 19, 2013, 15,398 federal scientists represented by PIPSC received an invitation to take part in an online survey on science and the federal public service. More than 4,000 participated.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m. ET

Place: National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St (Entrance 165 Sparks St) Ottawa

Speakers:

  • Gary Corbett, President and CEO, PIPSC
  • Derek Leebosh, Vice-President, Public Affairs, Environics Research Group
  • Francesca Grifo, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Peter Bleyer, Head, Policy and Communications, PIPSC

PIPSC is the largest union representing scientists and other professionals in Canada, including more than 20,000 federal scientists who help ensure the safety of Canada's food, air, water, medicines, energy, consumer products, protection of the environment and long-term economic viability.

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For further information:

Johanne Fillion, 613-228-6310, poste 2303 or 613-883-4900 (cell.)
Pierre Villon, (613) 228-6310 extension 2228 or (613) 794-9369 (cell)

Teleconference: Media representatives wishing to participate via teleconference may dial 1-866-797-9099 (toll-free) or 613-787-5142 (local). The Conference ID is 8705669.

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Publish Date: 21-OCT-2013 08:00 AM
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