Scientists for the Right to Know began when we -- a collective of
concerned citizens -- realized that the Canadian federal government has been
waging a systematic assault on science as the basis of relevant
information for policy making, and for knowing ourselves as a country
and a nation.
Here are just a few of the issues we will no longer know about ourselves:
- Accurate detailed information about recent immigrants, people with
disabilities, Aboriginal people, people with lower levels of education,
post-secondary students because of the abolition of the mandatory
long census form.
- Information about the environmental effects of almost 3,000 projects
-- information collection which was cancelled by the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency after passing of the Omnibus Bill.
- The number of Aboriginal women gone missing or murdered through the
cutting of the Sisters in Spirit database.
- Detailed information on the lives of low-income Canadians through the
abolition of the National Council of Welfare.
Some of the ways in which science is being destroyed include:
- Closing down whole research organizations
- Partially de-funding research organizations
- Maintaining a research organization but perverting its work
- Stacking overseeing bodies with government supporters
- Firing (or not renewing, or harassing until they resign) individuals who oppose government polices
- Preventing the remaining scientists from speaking to the public, or the media
- Preventing scientists to communicate with other scientists
- Making it illegal for government scientists to criticize the government on and even off work
In other words, the current federal government is out to destroy science as a basis for gaining information. For some of the evidence please look at the Muzzling Science timeline.
We need to put the pieces together and start looking at the picture as a whole. The government's actions in this area have been internationally condemned. It is time for us to take charge and resist this on-going assault.
Our mandate is to advocate for the free conduct, communication, publication and archiving of research. We will resist the muzzling of scientists and of science. Please join us in the fight for maintaining Canada as a country in which policies are based on scientific knowledge, not on uninformed ideology.
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Dentistry and Safety
Even the rest of the medical community has a tendency to neglect the importance of dental health. Dentists are often in a position where they are separated from the rest of the medical community in more ways than one. The fact that dentists are called dentists in the first place and not doctors helps to cement that level of separation in the mind of the public and in the minds of other professionals. However, dentists are still doctors in a very real sense. They just take care of a different organ system compared to other doctors. A dentist Riverbend may be a highly specialized doctor, but he or she is still a doctor in any objective sense.
Many doctors neglect the dental dimension in more ways than one. There has been a lot of attention paid to the dangers of consuming too much sugar these days, for instance. Lots of people are trying to figure out why this is and whether or not this is the case genuinely. Carbohydrates literally feed the tooth bacteria in a person's mouth, and there is evidence that having too much of this bacteria can put a person at risk for a wide range of health problems, including heart problems. The idea that the dangers of sugar could be mitigated by proper oral hygiene is not one that gets discussed outside of the dental world, and this is only one of the many examples of the disconnect between dentists and the rest of all doctors.
While it might take researchers a long time to resolve this discrepancy, people can at least avoid playing into the same idea, and they can improve their health as a result. Oral hygiene is important for overall health, and it is not merely a cosmetic procedure that people may or may not need.