New Harper government policy muzzles communication by Environment Canada government scientists

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“The concept of free speech is non-existent at Environment Canada,” says Canadian university climate scientist Andrew Weaver. The National Post (Canada) reported that Environment Canada recently instituted media message control rules for government scientists in an action that appears worthy of some of what was documented earlier under the Bush-Cheney administration.  The Post reports that the policy of requiring that the content of all responses to media inquiries be controlled through public relations officials in Ottawa is infuriating scientists, who had long been encouraged to discuss their work with the media and the public.

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