OPINION: Firing our best public researchers will negatively impact the Bay of Fundy.

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The news is filled today with the firing of Dr. Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. While her work on how fracking will affect the health of New Brunswickers is important to the general public, it also provided important insight into potential downstream impacts in the Bay of Fundy and other coastal ecosystems. Similarly, her current work in progress is on the health impact of glyphosate, the principal ingredient in forest and agricultural sprays in New Brunswick and other Maritime Provinces. The negative impacts of sprays on our watersheds,  the Bay of Fundy, Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gulf of Maine are well-known for previously used insecticides and herbicides … but the debate about glyphosate rages on in spite of clear scientific evidence pointing to its deleterious impact on human and environmental health. (See: http://scorecard.goodguide.com/chemical-profiles/summary.tcl?edf_substance_id=1071-83-6)

So now the folks of New Brunswick, as well as their neighbours in Nova Scotia, PEI and Maine will be missing an important source of fact-based information on which they can make decisions about developments as they are proposed and as they proceed.

So now the question is … “Who made this happen?” Well in science there is an approach called the “Law of Parsimony” which states: “the simplest of several hypotheses is always the best in accounting for unexplained facts”. Using this approach many folks seem to think that the exploitation is really simple … and simply frightening!

After a decade of Harper’s Conservatives silencing our federal scientists, it is a an insult to have this being perpetuated in New Brunswick by a Liberal Government. That’s how I see it tonight. Art MacKay

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‘I knew that this was where it was leading’ 

By Laura Brown, Video Journalist Global News

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s top doctor has been fired by the Province of New Brunswick.

According to Dr. Eilish Cleary, she found out earlier Monday that she would be terminated as Chief Medical Officer of Health effective immediately, “without cause.”

She said it wasn’t necessarily a shock.

“It’s been a very long and hard month,” Cleary said in a phone interview with Global News.

“My leave was made on the 2nd of November and at that stage I knew that this was where it was leading.”
Cleary further stated that the Government of New Brunswick let her know they came to the conclusion “that my particular skill set does not meet the needs of my employer.”

“I have served the people of New Brunswick since 2007,” she said.

“In that time I have done my absolute best to live up to my responsibilities – to protect and promote the health of the public and prevent disease and injury.”

She said she has reached out to her lawyer on the next steps to take.

Global News reached out to the Department of Health, but hadn’t received a response at the time of publishing this article.

Meanwhile, NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says he’s demanding an immediate independent investigation into Cleary’s firing.

“The Gallant Liberals campaigned on ensuring the independence of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. I don’t think anyone thought that meant firing her,” Cardy said in a release.

“The Liberals are silencing New Brunswick’s most prominent government scientist. We cannot expect civil servants to do their job when even prominent public officials like Dr. Cleary are muzzled.”
Since her leave was made public, many people have called out the government for “muzzling” Cleary.

Earlier Monday, about 50 people gathered in front of HSBC Place in Fredericton, which houses the Department of Health and public health, protesting Cleary’s leave.

“I chose to come here because I believe in fact-based decision making, and Dr. Cleary provides us with the facts and enables us to make fact-based decisions,” said Joan MacDonald.

Cleary had been New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health since 2008.

© Shaw Media, 2015

Source: ‘I knew that this was where it was leading’ : Dr. Cleary fired from position as Chief Medical Officer – New Brunswick | Globalnews.ca


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