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stifling science

"Having freedom of speech, having an informed electorate. It’s really that erosion of democracy that keeps me up at night the most."
"In Canada, the only time you hear about scientists now is when they’re being told to shut up or they're being shut down
One of Canada’s top biologists says he will not stop talking to the media after a government memo accused him of bias and
The vast majority of experts may be convinced, but Conservative MP James Lunney doesn't think that climate change is "settled
The NDP is accusing the Conservative government of silencing Canada's weather experts after Environment Canada said the agency's
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island — Canada’s National Research Council is the country’s premier scientific institution
Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is denying reports that scientific research was burned or discarded in the name of cost-cutting
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote a book about the five stages of grief. Denial of inconvenient facts is the first stage. It is followed by anger. Clearly the Conservatives have a deep well from which to draw. Bargaining is the third stage after denial and anger. The problem however is that Mother Nature is indifferent to Prime Ministers. Mother Nature doesn't do Bargaining.
The New York Times editorial board has accused the Harper government of seeking to "guarantee public ignorance" by muzzling
The notion of focusing on "commercialization" of scientific enterprise is based on a fundamental misconception of how science works. This misconception is largely based on confusing the role and motivation of the scientist with that of the inventor.
The email landed without warning in Brad Anholt’s inbox last April. It left him speechless. “I couldn’t even talk about it
OTTAWA — These scientists aren’t asking for much. They just want access to a road, the ability to get in a boat and keep
Canada's ability to gain a competitive advantage in the global economy increasingly depends on industry's R&D intensity and the success in translating basic science and knowledge into commercial products. With this change, the National Research Council of Canada is returning to these historic roots by renewing its focus on industrial research, new growth and business development.
By choosing to shift towards industry-driven applied research at the expense of scientist-driven basic research, the Conservatives continue to undermine scientific progress - and these policies will adversely impact all of us, including the very industry they purport to be servicing.
An innovative health clinic for new immigrants sees few patients trickle through its doors. Community health advisers scratch
Imagine if you discovered that a doctor was doing open-heart surgery based on a technique they saw on the TV show. Sound far-fetched? Unfortunately, it's this kind of unscientific technique that the Harper government appears to be relying on to diagnose the health of our planet, and how they should react to it.
The Harper government’s iron grip on communications has been acutely felt in federal agencies and departments that engage
Editor's note: The following piece was published in the CJFE’s 2013 Review of Free Expression in Canada. AS AN OTTAWA-BASED
Thumbtacked to a corkboard in professor Tom Duck’s Halifax office are laminated photos of a bright red building with small
A Tory MP has used the findings of U.S. climate skeptics to conclude the global polar bear population is flourishing. Ryan