Canadian Federal scientists push for protection from political interference

Public-service unions are asking the federal government for the first time to enshrine scientific integrity language into their collective agreements.

The language is intended to ensure that researchers employed by the government can speak openly about their work, publish results without fear of censorship and collaborate with peers.

With contract negotiations set to resume this week, there will also be a series of demonstrations for the Ottawa area on Tuesday to focus attention on the issue.

If successful, the effort could mark a precedent-setting turn in what the government’s critics portray as a struggle between intellectual independence and political prerogative. …

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/federal-scientists-push-for-protection-from-political-interference/article24473222/

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