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Johnson Mark [NCR] January 18, 2012 10:42 AN Dodds, Karen [NCA] Ce: ‘Quinn Eileen [NCRI; Reinert, Chantal [NCR}; David Renee [NCR] Subject: FW: Invitation for Brian T. Gray for the AAAS in Vancouver Attachments: How to reopen the discourse.doc Importance: High Good morning, Karen, Please see below an invitation to @ panel taking place next month in Vancouver on federal communication policies in science, {encourage you to view the attachment, which contains a synopsis of the panel's subject matter and info on participants, which include Margaret Munro and Andrew Weaver. In case you're on berry, here's the lead of the document: Unmuzzling government scientists: How to re-open the discourse SYNOPSIS -1500 characters Across Canada, journalists are being denied access to publicly funded scientists and the research community is frustrated with the way government scientists are being muzzied. Some observe that itis part of a trend that has seen the Canadian government tighten control over how and when federal scientists interact with the media, As a result, media inquiries are delayed, and scientists are less present in coverage of research in Canada In 2008, Environment Canada ordered its scientists to refer all media queries to Ottawa, where communications officers and strategists would decide if the scientist could respond and help craft ‘approved media lines". Stories written for the CBC, Postmedia news, the journal Nature and others have then revealed how these communication restrictions had spread to other government departments. And the situation is, somewhat similar in the United States. A recent article in the Columbia Journalism Review details how restrictive practices established by George W. Bush’s administration stil hold under the current government. This panel will be an occasion to better understand the friction between the media and the governments. Are the tightened communication strategies symptomatic of a worldwide trend in public and private sectors? Are these tightened communication strategies in any way justified? How obstruction in communications with scientists compromise science research progression and undermine democracy? ‘And in the end, what can be done to improve the situation? ‘000001 Mark Johnson Conseiller en relations avec les médias | Media Relations Advisor Direction générale des communications | Communications Branch Environnement Canada | Environment Canada 10, rue Wellington, 23° étage | 10 Wellington, 23rd Floor Gatineau (Québec) K1A OHS ‘Tél: 819-934-8095 Fax: 819-994-1412 BB: 619-897-1745 Gouvernement du Canada | Government of Canada Site Web | Website Devez-vous vraiment imprimer ce courriel? Pensons environnement! mail? Think ofthe environment! s19(1) Sent: January 18, 2012 10:03 AM To: Media [NCR] ‘Subject: Invitation for Brian T. Gray for the AAAS in Vancouver Dear Mister Gray As discussed with the people of your press office, iim sending you my request by em: . Lam a science journalist in Montreal, and T'm writing you as a board member of the Quebec Science Communicators Association (ACS). As you probably know, this mid february will be held in Vancouver a very important science reunion, the AAAS annual meeting, without a doubt, one of the most important science gathering of the year. For this conference, the ACS and the Canadian science writers association (CSWA) will together present a panel on federal communication policies in science, on friday february 17th at 8am. We already have all our panelists confirmed but we still missing a federal representant around the table, Mister Gray, we would love to have you there with us. As you already know there have been some insatisfactions that have been expressed by some journalists and scientist the last few years about the federal communication strategies. We will present as well the American situation, As the core of the american and canadian scientific community and journalist community will be on te, we thought it would be a great opportunity to have an open, positive and constructive conversation, and to have your point of view on the different solutions that are proposed. I'm joining a copy of the presentation of the panel that have been submitted to the AAAS. Then, I will be fully available to respond to all your concerns, and am willing to do anything for you to feel comfortable to join us. ‘We could spend some time discuss the way the panel could take place. Please confirm that you have received this email, and let me know when you'll be able to provide an answer. Warm regards, 5.19(1) ‘000002 Document Released Under the Access to Information Act | Document divuigué en vertu de la Loi sur !'accas a l'information. s.19(1) ‘000003,