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More on Goodyear-SSHRC “bullying”

September 30, 2009

The alleged threat to withhold funding increases from SSHRC made by a senior member of Minister of Science Gary Goodyear’s office has been picked up by the international journal Science. The article quotes CAUT executive director James Turk describing the action as “heavy-handed bullying tactics”. Though Goodyear has not responded publicly to the allegations, the article quotes one anonymous official who suggests it is simply “a misunderstanding between bureaucrats”.

This dismissive and condescending attitude is consistent with the government’s approach to criticism, but does little to clear the air.

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P.S. Not policy-related, but of interest to those preparing their NSERC Discovery Grants: Diane Harms at Harms & Co. has been posting tons of useful hints and information about grant preparation. It’s been a great series and will be a huge help to anyone preparing their applications.

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