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Why the Secrecy??

The  University of Saskatchewan refuses to remove redactions from transcript of a closed symposium to manage media scrutiny of its collaborations with industry which coincided with Monsanto's campaign to discredit World Health Organization/IARC warnings about "Roundup" (glyphosate)*, despite the recommendations of Saskatchewan's Freedom of Information Commissioner.   

http://www.academia.edu/36753735/The_Monsanto_Papers_Poisoning_the_Scientific_Well

Goal: To fund the legal costs of forcing the University of Saskatchewan's senior administration to comply with the recommendations of Saskatchewan's Information and Privacy Commissioner and the public's right to know.


Notice of Appeal against the University of Saskatchewan was filed on Thursday August 2nd, 2018 at the Court of Queen’s Bench. It asks the Court to enforce recent recommendations by Saskatchewan’s Information and Privacy Commissioner  that the University lift most of its redactions in the transcript of proceedings of a closed symposium involving university and agriculture industry representatives, held on campus in December 2015.

The symposium, entitled Research Management and the Right to Know (referring to the US organization “Right to Know,” which has brought to light several instances of undue influence on research by industry partners ) was by invitation only. The 20 attendees included members of the University of Saskatchewan administration, faculty from this and other universities, research funders, communications personnel and representatives from industry.

Emails previously obtained through FOI indicate that U of S Professor Peter Phillips, assisted by Monsanto Canada’s “social sciences lead” Camille Ryan, organized the symposium in order to develop strategies for managing the intense media scrutiny of collaborations between university researchers and the agricultural chemical industry. A critical news report about Phillips’ associations with Monsanto had appeared in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix just weeks before, and it had both Phillips and Ryan very concerned.

An Access to Information request to the University in August 2017 asked for a copy of the Symposium’s proceedings. After demanding $483 for costs involved the University finally provided a 42-page transcript, with 85% of its contents blacked out and almost all of the discussion at the meeting redacted.

Saskatchewan’s Information and Privacy Commissioner was requested to review the University’s actions.  On June 5, 2018 the Commissioner delivered his Determination that the University had not applied the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act appropriately and recommending that most of the redactions be lifted. The University has completely refused to comply, which has impelled the commencement of legal proceedings. Saskatchewan’s Freedom of Information legislation dictates that the responsibility of enforcing the Commissioner’s recommendations falls with the applicant.

Private donations – the large majority of them substantial personal contributions from academics and other concerned Saskatchewan residents  – have enabled legal proceedings to be commenced and expert Counsel to be retained.  We are determined to see the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s recommendations complied with. Your donation will guarantee that proceedings can be carried through appeals in provincial courts, and if necessary to the national level.  Should justice prevail without need for such appeal, then your donations will be used to reimburse a portion of the substantial financial outlays by the private donors who made this action possible.  We will do our best to keep donors informed.

Please also SIGN OUR PETITION: 

Stop the University of Saskatchewan Monsanto Cover-up!

https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/stop-the-university-of-saskatchewan-monsanto-cover-up
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Bayer been much in the news and its stock has taken a serious hit as nearly 12,000 legal actions against Monsanto poisoning of the environment and people proceed through the courts. Our case just came up again:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/court-rule-release-monsanto-meeting-transcript

You may also want to view the international effort of people around the world against this megacorporate monster of greed and misinformation.
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Your help, with whatever amount you can afford to give, continues to needed We await the judicial outcome of the legal process that the University of Saskatchewan has done its best to make as difficult and expensive as possible. In the meantime, we must prepare for the possibility that U of S will continue to misuse public moneys to impede disclosure with an appeal of any decision that damages their “brand”..
Some recent updates:
Group hopes courts will force U of S to release documents on ties to Monsanto
Sask Dispatch/BRIARPATCH by Saima Desai Feb 28, 2019
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/saskdispatch/view/group-hopes-courts-will-force-u-of-s-to-release-documents-on-ties-to-monsanto

Other articles that closely relate to this issue that have also appeared in the news recently:

University of Regina refuses to name funders of fossil fuel research
Sask Dispatch/BRIARPATCH by David Gray-Donald Feb 28, 2019
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/saskdispatch/view/university-of-regina-refuses-to-name-funders-of-fossil-fuel-research

Big Agro on Campus
Universities claim industry-funded research on chemical and pesticide safety is scientifically sound. Not everybody is convinced
THE WALRUS by Bruce Livesey
Updated 9:16, Sep. 17, 2018 | Published 11:39, Apr. 11, 2017
https://thewalrus.ca/big-agro-on-campus/

The wider context of our case:

It is important not to underestimate the size and power of the international megacorporation whose influence at our university we are trying to document and curtai. It is equally important to understand Monsanto’s (now Bayer) history of trying to hide, distort and slander criticis and plaintiffs, in cases like Rachel Carson’s warnings about its DDT and lawsuits about Agent Orange. And, of course – and, of course, the recent Johnson case in California.

The Monsanto Papers: Poisoning the scientific well.
International Journal of Safety Merdicine by Leemon B. McHenry, 2018;29(3-4):193-205.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29843257
http://www.academia.edu/36753735/The_Monsanto_Papers_Poisoning_the_Scientific_Well

The Wikipedia article is also quiite informative
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto
As is a look at the “science” professionalism of the University of Saskatchewan chair it funds:
https://twitter.com/stuartsmyth66?lang=en
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Your help, with whatever amount you can afford to give, continues to needed We await the judicial outcome of the legal process that the University of Saskatchewan has done its best to make as difficult and expensive as possible. In the meantime, we must prepare for the possibility that U of S will continue to misuse public moneys to impede disclosure with an appeal of any decision that damages their “brand”..
Some recent updates:

Group hopes courts will force U of S to release documents on ties to Monsanto
Sask Dispatch/BRIARPATCH by Saima Desai Feb 28, 2019
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/saskdispatch/view/group-hopes-courts-will-force-u-of-s-to-release-documents-on-ties-to-monsanto

Other articles that closely relate to this issue that have also appeared in the news recently:

University of Regina refuses to name funders of fossil fuel research
Sask Dispatch/BRIARPATCH by David Gray-Donald Feb 28, 2019
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/saskdispatch/view/university-of-regina-refuses-to-name-funders-of-fossil-fuel-research

Big Agro on Campus
Universities claim industry-funded research on chemical and pesticide safety is scientifically sound. Not everybody is convinced
THE WALRUS by Bruce Livesey
Updated 9:16, Sep. 17, 2018 | Published 11:39, Apr. 11, 2017
https://thewalrus.ca/big-agro-on-campus/

The wider context of our case:

It is important not to underestimate the size and power of the international megacorporation whose influence at our university we are trying to document and curtai. It is equally important to understand Monsanto’s (now Bayer) history of trying to hide, distort and slander criticis and plaintiffs, in cases like Rachel Carson’s warnings about its DDT and lawsuits about Agent Orange. And, of course – and, of course, the recent Johnson case in California.

The Monsanto Papers: Poisoning the scientific well.
International Journal of Safety Merdicine by Leemon B. McHenry, 2018;29(3-4):193-205.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29843257
http://www.academia.edu/36753735/The_Monsanto_Papers_Poisoning_the_Scientific_Well

The Wikipedia article is also quiite informative
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto

As is a look at the “science” professionalism of the University of Saskatchewan chair it funds:
https://twitter.com/stuartsmyth66?lang=en
+ Read More
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