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Federal policies under scientific fire

July 11, 2012

For the second time in less than three weeks, an international scientific journal is a vehicle for three SFU researchers’ objection to the federal government’s changes to its environmental science policy. This time a letter co-authored by John Reynolds, Isabelle Côté and Brett Favaro in Nature underscores how Bill C-38, the government’s omnibus budget bill, recently ratified by the Senate, further dismantles environmental protection in Canada. Late last month, in conjunction with the Rio +20 UN conference on sustainability in Brazil, the trio’s publication of a letter in Science drew international media attention. It called on the world to oppose Ottawa’s budget cuts and legislative changes in departments with environmental responsibilities, such as fisheries. The publication of this latest letter comes a day after hundreds of scientists nationally marched on Parliament Hill to denounce what they say are the federal government’s sweeping cuts to research.

Brett Favaro, 778.782.3989, 604.418.0420 (cell),
John Reynolds, +61 0452 050 732 (Australian cell),, Skype: sturgeonzz

Note: Reynolds is on sabbatical in Australia. Contact Reynolds’ assistant Sandra Vishloff, 778.782.5610,, to expedite reaching him.

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