Canada's so-called "War on Science" has made international headlines, especially after deep funding cuts led to the closure of some of Canada's most important research centres. Thousands of federal scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as well as Environment Canada have lost their jobs as a result of the cuts. Since 2006 the Harper government has introduced strict communications procedures that prevent scientists from speaking freely about -- and at times even publishing -- their research.
One Ontario government employee complained that her home was picketed by co-workers after she chose to work during a strike. Her name was placed on a "scab list" and circulated to her neighbours. She was followed from her home to her son's school. Messages were left on her machine by people calling themselves "the Oshawa mob."