The Fifth Estate | Jan 10, 2014 | 3:33

Are scientists really being muzzled ?

Peter Phillips is a specialist in public policy and science at the University of Saskatchewan. He argues that it is not the role of scientists employed by the government to speak to the public, but rather to advise politicians confidentially about their findings. Politicians will make decisions about public policy based on a variety of factors including, but not dictated by, scientific evidence.

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The Fifth Estate - Are scientists really being  muzzled ?Jan 10, 2014 | 3:33The Fifth Estate Are scientists really being muzzled ? Video
The Fifth Estate Are scientists really being muzzled ? Jan 10, 2014 | 3:33Peter Phillips is a specialist in public policy and science at the University of Saskatchewan. He argues that it is not the role of scientists employed by the government to speak to the public, but rather to advise politicians confidentially about their findings. Politicians will make decisions about public policy based on a variety of factors including, but not dictated by, scientific evidence.
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The Fifth Estate Politicians can't pick winners Jan 10, 2014 | 2:21James Turk is the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, which represents academic staff, including scientists. He argues that scientists should be free to speak to the public about their taxpayer-funded research, and scientific innovation will not flourish if funding is only granted to projects with a practical or economic purpose.
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The Fifth Estate Scientists cannot usurp politicians Jan 10, 2014 | 2:03Peter Phillips is a specialist in public policy and science at the University of Saskatchewan. He argues that it is not the role of scientists employed by the government to speak to the public, but rather to advise politicians confidentially about their findings. Politicians will make decisions about public policy based on a variety of factors including, but not dictated by, scientific evidence.
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The Fifth Estate "Loyalty to the government" is wong Jan 10, 2014 | 1:08James Turk is the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, which represents academic staff, including scientists. He argues that scientists should be free to speak to the public about their taxpayer-funded research, and scientific innovation will not flourish if funding is only granted to projects with a practical or economic purpose. In this video Turk reads part of a media protocol introduced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government shortly after it was elected in 2008.
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The Fifth Estate Science and prosperity Jan 10, 2014 | 2:30James Turk is the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, which represents academic staff, including scientists. He argues that scientists should be free to speak to the public about their taxpayer-funded research, and scientific innovation will not flourish if funding is only granted to projects with a practical or economic purpose.

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