From Susan Carpenter:
Kathryn O’Hara, past president of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association, wrote a letter to our prime minister asking for the freedom to speak publicly. Did you know that Canadian scientists who wish to speak to the media must first vet that through public affairs officials in Ottawa and are sometimes denied their right to speak even though many have their work published?
South of the border they have the scientific integrity policy that allows scientists to speak by adding a disclaimer that in essence says ‘this is not government policy, but personal opinion’. Sounds easy enough.