Federal Court Hears Case Against Science Granting Council

    OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Federation of Students is
arguing in federal court today that the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) erred in its dismissal of research misconduct
allegations pertaining to a drinking water experiment with human subjects.
    "Research in Canada's public universities should be held to the highest
possible ethical standard," said Angela Regnier, past National Deputy
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students and affiant in the case.
"Canada's granting councils must actively pursue their role in maintaining
research integrity and accurate reporting of research results."
    In July 2006, the Federation filed an application for a judicial review
of NSERC's decision regarding a complaint about an experiment conducted by
University of Toronto researchers on the citizens of Wiarton, Ontario. The
Federation argued that NSERC erred in interpreting its legal obligations when
it dismissed the Federation's request for an investigation. A positive outcome
from today's review would require NSERC to request that the University of
Toronto investigate the Wiarton experiment complaints.
    News releases and a journal article published by researchers involved in
the Wiarton experiments omitted important information that contradicted a key
finding and that was unfavourable for the researchers and the chemical company
that helped sponsor the experiments.
    "The nature of the alleged misconduct raises questions about the
relationship between some university researchers and their corporate
sponsors," said Regnier. "If research results were altered to satisfy the
sponsors, it is a violation of the most sacred academic principles."

    The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation. It is composed of over 80 university and college students'
associations in ten provinces with a combined membership of over one-half
million students.

For further information:

For further information: Ian Boyko, Campaigns Coordinator, (613)
261-7939; Angela Regnier, affiant, (647) 989-4780

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