All posts by Geraldine Lindley

Canadian Research Grant on Right To Know Law

It is welcome news that Canadian Journalists for Free Expression ( has awarded its 2016-17 Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship to accomplished recipient Mark Bourrie. The grant will serve the public interest by facilitating research on the legal and constitutional basis of the public’s right to know.  Advocates will be provided with “a foundational argument, based

World Health Organization weakens Conflict of Interest safeguards

Will the WHO’s independence from industry be eroded now that it is inviting the private sector’s interaction for the first time?  The Canadian Centre for Health Science and Law is one of sixty public interest groups who have expressed concern that the WHO’s new rules for engaging  with non-State actors insufficiently protect global public health decision-making

Australia Censors Global Scientific Report – bad trend?

The recent UN report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate details the potential threat of climate change to World Heritage Sites on five continents, according to a New York Times article.  Despite the impact of climate change on unprecedented coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, a chapter originally included on Australia

ORK’s First e-Petition to Parliament

Our Right To Know is pleased that our first petition quickly garnered enough support that it must be debated in Parliament. However, the more signatures the more impact – please sign!  Get involved to demand the highest level of integrity for improvements to public science for the public good.

Minister of Science announces comprehensive review of federal support for scientific research

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has announced the establishment of an independent advisory panel to advise the Minister of Science on “how to improve federal science programs and initiatives”. Of stated importance is the need to review how federal funding can better support fundamental science and scientists in Canada.  The important role of science

Canadian government should recommit to UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

The Sierra Club Foundation urges the federal government to reverse its 2013 withdrawal from the Convention at the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification (June 17).  Canada was the only country in the world to withdraw from the Convention in March 2013, just before a conference at which the first ever comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of