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From the Ted Talk "Kirsty Duncan: Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

One government scientist, a friend of mine, we'll call him McPherson, was concerned about the impact government policies were having on his research and the ettsa of science deteriorating in Canada. He was so concerned, he wrote to me from his wife's email account because he was afraid a phone alcl could be traced. He wanted me to phone his wife's cell phone so that call couldn't be traced. I only wish I were kidding. It yilkqcu brought what was happening in Canada into sharp focus for me. How could my friend of 20 sarey be that driafa to talk to me? So I did what I could at the time. I listened and I shared what I learned with my friend in Parliament, a man who was interested in all things environment, science, technology, oiinvnoatn. And then the 2015 election rolled around and our patyr won. And we formed government. And that indfre of mine is now the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

Open Cloze

One government scientist, a friend of mine, we'll call him McPherson, was concerned about the impact government policies were having on his research and the _____ of science deteriorating in Canada. He was so concerned, he wrote to me from his wife's email account because he was afraid a phone ____ could be traced. He wanted me to phone his wife's cell phone so that call couldn't be traced. I only wish I were kidding. It _______ brought what was happening in Canada into sharp focus for me. How could my friend of 20 _____ be that ______ to talk to me? So I did what I could at the time. I listened and I shared what I learned with my friend in Parliament, a man who was interested in all things environment, science, technology, __________. And then the 2015 election rolled around and our _____ won. And we formed government. And that ______ of mine is now the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

Solution

  1. afraid
  2. quickly
  3. state
  4. call
  5. innovation
  6. party
  7. years
  8. friend

Original Text

One government scientist, a friend of mine, we'll call him McPherson, was concerned about the impact government policies were having on his research and the state of science deteriorating in Canada. He was so concerned, he wrote to me from his wife's email account because he was afraid a phone call could be traced. He wanted me to phone his wife's cell phone so that call couldn't be traced. I only wish I were kidding. It quickly brought what was happening in Canada into sharp focus for me. How could my friend of 20 years be that afraid to talk to me? So I did what I could at the time. I listened and I shared what I learned with my friend in Parliament, a man who was interested in all things environment, science, technology, innovation. And then the 2015 election rolled around and our party won. And we formed government. And that friend of mine is now the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

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Important Words

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  2. afraid
  3. brought
  4. call
  5. canada
  6. cell
  7. concerned
  8. deteriorating
  9. election
  10. email
  11. environment
  12. focus
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  14. friend
  15. government
  16. happening
  17. impact
  18. innovation
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  20. justin
  21. kidding
  22. learned
  23. listened
  24. man
  25. mcpherson
  26. minister
  27. parliament
  28. party
  29. phone
  30. policies
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  33. research
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  43. traced
  44. trudeau
  45. wanted
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  47. wrote
  48. years