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Muzzling of Canadian government scientists on agenda at top international science conference
Gary Corbett, president of the union that represents some 23,000 Canadian federal scientists, is available for interviews
Ottawa, February 17, 2012 - The union that represents 23,000 Canadian federal scientists and researchers provides, through a webcast, open access to a unique panel session featuring scientists and journalists entitled “Unmuzzling Government Scientists”. The panel is part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 5-day annual conference in Vancouver. The AAAS is the world’s largest science society.
“We believe that muzzling scientists who work for the public good threatens the safety of all Canadians, undermines our democracy and our country’s ability to meet its full potential,” says Gary Corbett, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.
In an opinion piece (http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/02/15/gary-corbett-scientific-home-truths/) published earlier this week, Corbett also calls attention to cuts to government science as well as the danger posed by the current government’s disdain for evidence-based decision-making.
Corbett adds, “Government scientists are between a rock and a hard place - their ability to do their jobs and protect Canadians is compromised by disappearing resources, a lack of support from their employer and their inability to communicate. Our union does not need government approval to speak up for public science and for the Canadians whose safety depends on it. ”
“Unmuzzling Government Scientists: How to Re-open the Discourse” is a panel organized by the Canadian Science Writers' Association (CSWA) and the Association des Communicateurs Scientifiques du Québec (ACS), featuring Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria, and Postmedia News journalist Margaret Munro.
AAAS Annual Conference at Vancouver Webcast
- “Unmuzzling Government Scientists: How to Re-open the Discourse”
Source: Johanne Fillion, tel: (613) 228-6310 x 2303 or cell.: (613) 883-4900