This year, PIPSC will launch the next phase of our campaign - Why Public Science Matters. Part of the drive to highlight the importance of public science will involve gathering your stories about why you are passionate about your work, what you have achieved, and why your work is important to Canadians.
In June 2013, Environics Research conducted a survey of federal scientists to better understand how cuts to science and communication policies have impacted public science capacity as well as public health, safety and the environment. The following is a representative selection from over 1,000 comments anonymously posted by federal government scientists as part of the survey.
The results of an extensive survey of federal government scientists on the impact of ongoing cutbacks and a further public opinion survey of Canadians’ top science priorities reveal that, in addition to seriously harming Canada’s capacity to serve the public, the Harper government’s agenda for science is severely out of sync with the wishes of a large majority of Canadians.
A major survey of federal government scientists commissioned by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), has found that 90% feel they are not allowed to speak freely to the media about the work they do and that, faced with a departmental decision that could harm public health, safety or the environment, nearly as many (86%) would face censure or retaliation for doing so.
Scientists Rally in Support of Federal Research
Publish Date: 27-NOV-2014 11:16 AM
On the morning of October 22, researchers and science staff from Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture & Agri-food Canada and the Department of National Defence demonstrated in Québec city at the entrance of Université Laval in support of research in the federal government.
It has been claimed that since 2009, Harper’s Conservative government has laid off more than 2,000 federally employed scientists. Numerous programmes devoted to the monitoring of climate change, food inspection, water quality and oil spills have been cancelled. In September, hundreds of scientists in lab coats marched on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in protest, even going so far as to hold a mock funeral to mark “the death of evidence”.
Le Centre canadien de rayonnement synchrotron a réussi à développer des isotopes médicaux à partir de rayons X, une première mondiale qui pourrait changer la donne pour les patients atteints entre autres de maladies cardiaques ou de cancers.