City & Politics, Politics

Protecting scientific integrity from political interference

The union representing federal scientists is attempting for the first time to enshrine the protection of scientific integrity into their collective bargaining agreement with the federal government. Having been muzzled by the Harper government for years, scientists are attempting to ensure they are able to speak freely and honestly about their research, the findings of which have often been at odds with the Stephen Harper’s pro-oil agenda. According to Global News, a survey by their union found nine out of 10 federal scientists feel they aren’t allowed to speak freely about the work that they do. Several rallies are scheduled for today to support the scientists’ push as they head into bargaining talks later this week.