Professor Peter A. Singer, Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director at the McLaughlin - Rotman Centre
Professor Peter A. Singer is Professor of Medicine, Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director at the McLaughlin - Rotman Centre for Global Health, University Health Network and University of Toronto.
In 2007, Singer received the Michael Smith Prize as Canada’s Health Research of the Year in Population Health and Health Services. He is the Foreign Secretary of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the US Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World). Singer is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges for Global Health Initiative, and has advised the UN Secretary General's Office, the Government of Canada, several African governments, and Pepsico Inc. on issues related to global health.
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Federal Scientists Don’t Feel They Can Speak Out, Even If Public Health and Safety at Risk
Publish Date: 21-OCT-2013 10:58 AM
The results of the first extensive survey on the actual scale and impact of muzzling and political interference among federal government scientists are in, and they are even more damning of the Harper government – and more worrying for science and the public interest – than at first feared.
Between June 5 and 19, 2013, invitations to participate in an online survey on science and the federal public service (conducted by Environics) were sent to 15,398 federal scientists who are PIPSC members, of which 4,069 participated. The results of the survey, outlined in a report published today titled The Big Chill: Silencing Public Interest Science, A Survey, are considered accurate + or - 1.6%, 19 times out of 20.
While corporate lobbyists and free market economists promote the view that deregulation creates jobs, neither evidence nor common sense support this view. Forestry in Canada is a case in point. Despite the abusive practices of previous generations of timber barons, companies still harvest a lot of trees on Crown land, which belongs to all of us. Taxpayers have a strong interest in a long-term timber supply. Regulations aimed at sustainable forestry practices benefit the economy and maintain jobs.
Protesters in Grand Bank barricaded a Department of Fisheries and Oceans truck in response to the department’s planned closure of their office in that town. A moving truck had arrived Tuesday to move furniture out of the DFO building, but access was blocked by protesters, who included the town’s mayor.