Canadian Federal government puts polar briefings on ice


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Canadian Federal government puts polar briefings on ice

canada.com/news/Federal+government+puts+polar+briefings/10128511/story.html

Thoughts on this?


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Quoting from the news article:

Braithwaite and her colleagues — aware of the national and international interest in the shrinking polar ice — wanted to hold a “strictly factual” technical briefing for the media to inform Canadians how the ice had disappeared from not only the Northwest Passage but many normally ice-choked parts of the Arctic.

The briefing never happened. Nine levels of approval — from the director of the ice service up to the environment minister’s office — were needed for the “communication plan,” according to the documents released to Postmedia News under the Access to Information Act.

“Ministerial services” — the sixth layer — cancelled the briefing, the documents say. And the ice service scientists ended up watching as the Canadian media and public got most of their information from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), where scientists were quick to give interviews, hold briefings and issue press releases as the ice shattered records as it melted from Baffin Island to the Beaufort Sea.

Well, the news got out, even if not from Canadian scientists. This is an advantage of a free society.

Whether the Canadian government actually muzzled its researchers, I don’t know. It sounds hard to believe.


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