Muzzling of scientists subject of ‘unique’ probe by Canada’s information watchdog

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Wide-ranging investigation, which will look into six different federal departments, is to review incidents in which the media was thwarted when trying to speak to Canadian government scientists about their work.

Canada’s information commissioner is launching an investigation into the “muzzling” of government scientists, a wide-reaching probe that will cover six different federal departments.

The University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre and the non-partisan DemocracyWatch had asked Information CommissionerSuzanne Legault to examine “systematic efforts by the government of Canada to obstruct the right of the media — and through them, the Canadian public — to timely access to government scientists.”

Their request specifically named Environment Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Natural Resources Canada, the National Research Council and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Legault’s office wrote last Friday to approve the investigation under the Access to Information Act — and to add another department to the…

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