Here's a bit of required reading for a Saturday morning. There have been a number of media reports recently concerning the choke hold this government has on information coming out of the civil service. This article suggests that no matter how bad you thought it was, it's even worse. And particularly so at Environment Canada.
University of Alberta ecologist David Schindler states: "Muzzling under the Harper government is the worst it's ever been."
The Vancouver Sun quoted University of Victoria climatologist Andrew Weaver: "The concept of free speech is non-existent at Environment Canada." Weaver is close to the epicentre. As one who regularly co-authors studies with EC colleagues, he understands the impacts on federal scientists. He calls it "Orwellian," and says that as a result, "morale is at an all-time low."
Perhaps the free speech warriors could look into this.