Radio and Television

Silence of the Labs, A Documentary by CBC’s Fifth Estate

Science under Siege, Ideas, CBC Radio

International scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore funding and freedoms, Interview on CBC’s The Current with Union of Concerned Scientists, Oct 23, 2014

Muzzling federal scientists may be damaging to government, Experimental Lakes Area researcher Michael Rennie speaks to CBC’s As It Happens, November 11, 2014

Canadian scientist Steve Camapana quits over government muzzling, Interview on CBC’s The Current, May 20, 2015

Organizations and Analysis

York University Science Librarian John Dupuis’ Chronology of Canada’s War on Science

Evidence for Democracy, Science Report Card, “Can Scientists Speak?”

Our Right to Know: Learn More

Union of Concerned Scientists Deliver Letter to Stephen Harper with the Signatures of 800 Scientists

Silencing Dissent in Canada by Voices-Voix

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Interactive Timeline: Muzzling Federal Scientists

Democracy Watch Campaign, “Stop Muzzling Scientists“


Carol Linnit, “Access Denied: Ministry Vetos Interview Request on Oilsands Toxins in Animals,” DeSmog Canada, March 24, 2015.

Natasha Myers, “Writ2Know: Amplifying the Silences of Muzzled Silences and Performing Participatory Democracy,” Centre for Imaginary Ethnography, Responding to Current Events, May 2015

Emily Chung, “Muzzling of Federal Scientists Widespread, Survey Suggests: 4,000 responded to survey commissioned by PIPSC to gauge political interference in science,” The Globe & Mail, Oct. 21, 2013.

Emily Chung, “Foreign scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom: Open letter warns about effects of Canadian science policy on international collaboration,” The Globe & Mail, Oct. 20, 2014.

Carla Hustak, “Flying Blind and Canadian Environmental Health Research: An Interview with Former Federal Scientist Michael Arts,” Technoscience Research Unit, March 8, 2015.

Carol Linnit, “Harper’s Attack on Science: No Science, No Evidence, No Truth, No Democracy,” Academic Matters, May 2013.

Tim McSorely, “The Big Chill: ‘Scientists Can’t Do the Job they were Hired to Do,’” Desmog Canada, Oct. 23, 2013.

A collection of stories on “Stifling Science” by Huffington Post

“Inquiry as Protest: Censored Federal Science and the Write2Know Project,” Scientists for the Right to Know, by Max Liboiron, April 13, 2015

“Write2Know: Amplifying the Silences of Muzzled Scientists and Performing Participatory Democracy,” Center for Imaginative Ethnography, by Natasha Myers

Write2Know for Educators

See our call to educators for details on how you can bring Write2Know into the classroom.


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Our Right To Know, one of our partners, has put together an overview of where each party stands on the Science Question in Canada.