Rare Protest by Canadian Scientists

Scientists protesting

The Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria and the ethics advocacy group Democracy Watch has cited multiple examples of taxpayer-funded science being suppressed or limited to pre-packaged media lines across six different government departments and agencies.

That was one of the things the Vancouver Sun reported today in its coverage of a very rare protest by physicists and other scientists in Ottawa.

The very fact that such a typically apolitical group felt the need to make their voices heard speaks volumes, said Jeremy Kerr, a biology professor at the University of Ottawa.

Instead of me quoting all the best parts of the story, I encourage everyone to just read the entire article.

According to a different story in the Ottawa Citizen about the event, the same scientist

noted that in 2006 the National Research Council published nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed publications and 53 patents. In 2012, the agency’s publication output had dropped by 80 per cent and the patent rate by 95 per cent, to just three.

That article is a good one too and goes into greater detail about how Canadian researchers have been muzzled in recent years.

It’s hard to believe this is happening in Canada of all places and in the 21st century. I find it eerily reminiscent of how the Soviet Union handled its scientists in the decades before that country collapsed.

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