The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada released a new report with insights into the effects of the Harper government’s attitude to environmental issues. Vanishing Science: The Disappearance of Canadian Public Interest Science summarizes the results of two surveys by Environics – one, a survey of scientists who work for the federal government, and the other a survey of Canadians. Nearly 73% of Canadians believe public health, safety and protection of the environment should be a top government priority. Yet the survey states that “Over three-quarters of federal scientists (78%) report cuts to capacity in their own workplace. Nearly 7 out of 10 scientists (69%) at Environment Canada and over 8 out of 10 (83%) at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) believe Canada is doing a worse job of environmental protection and sustainable resource management than 5 years ago”. An article by Andrew Nikoforuk in The Tyee gives voice to specific prominent scientists who have been let go.
Vanishing Science:The Disappearance of Canadian Public Interest Science is at: http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/website/issues/science/vanishingscience
“Report Lists Top Scientists Who Lost Jobs Due To Federal Cuts” in The Tyee (Feb. 12) at: http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/2014/02/12/Federal-Science-Cuts/