09/16/2013 10:30 EDT | Updated 11/16/2013 05:12 EST

Scientists rally protesting alleged muzzling

A group that says Canadian government scientists are being hampered from talking to the public about their taxpayer-funded research will be holding rallies across the country on Monday.

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The Evidence For Democracy is organizing events in 17 cities including Vancouver, trying to pressure Ottawa to be more forthcoming about communicating what government-funded scientific research is uncovering in fields such as public health, crime prevention, fisheries management and climate change.

We "need to see science supported collectively by decision makers," said conservation biologist Pamela Zevit, who is organizing Monday's rally in Vancouver.

"The practice of science requires this open communication of ideas."

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Canada's information commissioner, Suzanne Legault, confirmed earlier this year her office will investigate allegations that the federal government is muzzling its scientists.

The Vancouver rally kicks off at 11 a.m. PT Monday in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.