Jacquie Zeng, Health Canada, Natural Health Products Directorate, Ottawa
A specialist in Chinese traditional medicine, Jacquie Zeng protects the well-being and safety of Canadians by conducting scientific reviews of natural health products to ensure that they meet Canadian standards.
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Federal Scientists Don’t Feel They Can Speak Out, Even If Public Health and Safety at Risk
Publish Date: 21-OCT-2013 10:58 AM
The results of the first extensive survey on the actual scale and impact of muzzling and political interference among federal government scientists are in, and they are even more damning of the Harper government – and more worrying for science and the public interest – than at first feared.
Between June 5 and 19, 2013, invitations to participate in an online survey on science and the federal public service (conducted by Environics) were sent to 15,398 federal scientists who are PIPSC members, of which 4,069 participated. The results of the survey, outlined in a report published today titled The Big Chill: Silencing Public Interest Science, A Survey, are considered accurate + or - 1.6%, 19 times out of 20.
Scientists who have performed experiments at Canada’s world-renowned freshwater research station are being labelled “radical ideologues” by the Conservative riding association of federal science minister Greg Rickford. Four of them wrote an editorial in the Toronto Star in July that decried Mr. Rickford’s appointment to the science portfolio, saying he is a “politician with no science background and one who failed to support one of our country’s most important public science programs in his own riding.” Anne Ayotte, the president of the Conservative riding association in Kenora, has since fired off a letter to her members saying the Star article was written by “radical ideologues who have lead (sic) a campaign of misinformation about Greg’s work to protect the Experimental Lakes Area.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s environment minister is casting doubt about scientific observations of melting summer sea ice in Canada’s north. In a short televised interview on CTV’s daily political show, Power Play, Leona Aglukkaq suggested that scientific observations were not as important as the Harper government’s priorities in its new role as chair of a group of Arctic nations. When asked whether the ice was melting in the Arctic, considered by climate scientists to be part of the evidence of global warming, Aglukkaq said there may or may not be changes underway.