Federal scientists launch website as government tightens its media controls

Government criticized for limiting what they can say about their research, and how

Federal government scientists have launched a website to show their work. The launch comes just weeks new restrictive rules affecting those at the National Resources department were revealed, the Globe and Mail reports. The new rules require approval from a minister’s director of communications before they can speak to reporters about their work. Reporters and scientists from all sorts of departments know the government has discouraged open communication between employees and the media unless prior approval has given. The union representing federal government scientists launched its website,, which features interviews with scientists, experts and Canadians. It called the government’s decision to end the mandatory long-form census the latest step in a trend away from policy making based on evidence.

The Globe and Mail

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