Let federal scientists speak freely: Editorial

The Toronto Star has been very good about supporting Federal scientists on this issue. Show your support for them if you get the chance.

Environics was not alone in its findings. Last year a survey from the science advocacy group Evidence for Democracy also found that federal policies do not support open communication between scientists and the public.

That’s not just bad news for scientists. It means the government can ignore findings that do not fit its agenda and the public won’t even know it — or be able to hold it accountable for wrong-headed decisions.