The union representing government scientists, engineers and professionals says its next contract demands will include an integrity policy to free up muzzled researchers and promote evidence-based policy making.
The union representing scientists and other professionals in the federal public service is abandoning its tradition of neutrality in elections to actively campaign against Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Few scientists employed by the federal government are able to share their expertise freely with journalists, and most are not shielded from political interference before publicly discussing their work, says a landmark new report.
A large survey of science professionals in the federal public service has found that almost 25 per cent of respondents say they have been directly asked to exclude or alter information for 'non-scientific reasons.'
Federal policies that restrict what government scientists can say publicly about their work are about to be put under the microscope. Federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault has agreed to investigate how government communications rules on taxpayer-funded science impact public access to information.