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Caught in the ‘Iron Cage of Bureaucracy’: Why I Resigned as Chief Statistician of Canada

  By Wayne Smith, Nov 2 2016 In 2011, Statistics Canada was put into an ‘iron cage of bureaucracy’,[1] severely hampering its capacity to fulfill its mandate. The cage – Shared Services Canada (SSC) was created on August 4, 2011, to transform how the Government of Canada manages its information technology infrastructure.  Statistics Canada was


By Tim Gray, Executive Director environmental defence, Oct 21 2016 Charities in Canada play a critical role. Canadians look to environmental, health, international development and social justice organizations to collectively express their views and advocate for a better world. Improvements on issues as diverse as ending acid rain, drastically reducing drinking and driving, and ending

Citizen Science through the Internet

by Geraldine Lindley, August 2016 I have had a busy time as a citizen scientist lately – counting penguin chicks in Antarctica, and listening to bat calls in warmer climes – all from the comfort of my armchair with cup of tea in hand! A while ago I blogged enthusiastically about two citizen science experiences

Why Whistleblowers need Protection

by Sue Kralik, Secretary of ORK     June 3, 2016     The muzzling of public scientists during the Harper years should serve as a cautionary tale against assuming that scientists will be free to enable public science to serve the public good.  Canadian public scientists are at the mercy of the government in

The Conflict of Interest Movement in Medicine. Part 2: Influence and Education

The Conflict of Interest Movement in Medicine. Part 2: Influence and Education A Conversation between Harriet Rosenberg and Adrienne Shnier May 18, 2016   HR: Your research also looks at financial conflicts of interest in Continuing Medical Education (CME) for practicing physicians. AS: There are about 60 Canadian Professional Medical Association (PMAs) that host continuing

Transparency and access to publications: The question of (useable and useful) knowledge

by: Jim Deutsch May 5th 2016 Science (from the Latin scientia, for knowledge) is an essential part of how we grasp reality and decide how to act. As we are all citizens of the world, should the collected works of science not be available freely to all of us? Clearly they are not, for a

Liberal Responses to ORK Questions

We have a new government and there is hope that public science will once again be supported, and perhaps even flourish. During the election campaign, the Liberal Party of Canada responded to our seven questions with the following answers:     It is part of our task now is to make sure that Canada’s new

Campaign to reform Access to Information

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression have started a campaign to reform our Access to Information: A strong access to information system is vital to maintaining a healthy democracy. The public has the right to obtain the information it needs to participate meaningfully in the democratic process, while also holding Canada’s public officials and Members of

Federal investigation on muzzling of scientists stalled

  After starting a investigation into the muzzling of government scientists 2 1/2 years ago, Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault still has not filed a report. When Prof. Duck requested an update on the status of the investigation, he was told: “The investigation is ongoing.” … “We cannot comment further given the strict confidentiality rules governing our