DeSmogBlog proudly presents the new Canadian government policy to muzzle the staff at Environment Canada, who might say something that the Minister of the Environment or the Prime Minister disagree with. I love how the staff will now "respond with approved lines."
So when the government is not dumping its science advisors and firing its nuclear regulators, it is duct-taping the mouths of the experts still on the payroll, "To improve service to media by coordinating responses and ensuring that appropriate spokespeople are speaking to issues." -George Orwell couldn't have said it better. ::DesmogBlog; full PDF of Media Relations Protocol