Government Scientists Have their Say Through their Union’s Survey

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 vansciscientists 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:

“Report Lists Top Scientists Who Lost Jobs Due To Federal Cuts” in The Tyee (Feb. 12) at:

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