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Posted: 9/13/2010 6:55:43 PM EDT
Let's control the message.




Documents reveal federal researchers, whose work is financed by taxpayers, need approval from Ottawa before speaking with media

By Margaret Munro, Postmedia News September 13, 2010









The Harper government has tightened the muzzle on federal scientists, going so far as to control when and what they can say about floods at the end of the last ice age.

Natural Resources Canada (NRC) scientists were told this spring they need "pre-approval" from Minister Christian Paradis' office to speak with journalists. Their "media lines" also need ministerial approval, say documents obtained by Postmedia News through access-to-information legislation.

The documents say the "new" rules went into force in March and reveal how they apply to not only to contentious issues including the oilsands, but benign subjects such as floods that occurred 13,000 years ago.

They also give a glimpse of how Canadians are being cut off from scientists whose work is financed by taxpayers, critics say, and is often of significant public interest –– be it about fish stocks, genetically modified crops or mercury pollution in the Athabasca River.



Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Tightened+muzzle+scientists+Orwellian/3515345/story.html#ixzz0zT7yT3AB
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:07:44 PM EDT
The last thing we need is more yakking eggheads going off to make sensationalism for the press. Any info in Canada can be obtained through the information act...

Some of these things would be taken out of context by the green/left and exploited until they turn it into a new "inconvenient truth"...
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:34:23 PM EDT
OP: Knowing your positions, I'd assume you'd be in favor of this.
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