Stand Up for Science

Fed up with the erosion of science in Canada? Want our government to support science in the public interest? Think that decisions should be based on evidence and facts instead of ideology? Join us on September 16th to Stand up for Science!

It’s time to stand up for science in the public interest in Canada. In recent years we have seen cuts to many important scientific institutions, science funding has shifted focus towards the commercialization of research, and government scientists have lost the ability to communicate their research to the public.

Science matters to Canadians. Good science, when coupled with good decision-making, keeps our water and air clean, keeps us healthy, keeps our food safe and prepares Canada for the future. Science in the public interest is crucial for our well-being and long-term prosperity.

To make the public aware of this, and to call on the federal government to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest, we are organizing ‘Stand Up for Science’ rallies across the country on September 16th 2013.

We will be calling on the Federal government to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest by:

  • Funding scientific research from basic science through to applied.
  • Using the best available science and evidence to make the best decisions.
  • Supporting the open communication of publicly funded science to the public, unless there are demonstrably good reasons for not doing so.

It’s your future - make it your science.

We need your help to make these event a success. The Death of Evidence rally last July had a huge impact. We want to put these issues back in the public eye and let our government know that we demand better science policies. To accomplish this, we need a HUGE turnout at these rallies. Please come to a rally near you, and share this information with your friends and colleagues.
If you can’t attend a rally, sign up to participate by email. We will email you on September 16th with the details.

 

Rallies are being planned for the following cities (check back for updates):

Vancouver
Vancouver Art Gallery - North plaza on Georgia Street, 11am - 1pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/364664120302614/
Contact: Pamela, S4S.Vancouver@gmail.com, 604-786-9521.

Salmon Arm, BC
Art Gallery front steps, noon - 1pm
Contact: Warren Bell, cppbell@web.ca

Abbotsford, BC
University of the Fraser Valley (33844 King Rd) - Meet on "The Green", noon
Bring a lab coat and signs if you can.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/163910220479231/?ref=2

Edmonton
September 14, Winston Churchill square, 2pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/569543279770489/
Contact: Krystal, StandUp4Science@outlook.com

Lethbridge
University of Lethbridge, noon - 1pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/289078114564171/

Yellowknife
In front of The Greenstone Building (5101 50th Ave), noon - 1pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/504283992999086/

Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg (in front of Wesley Hall), 12:30 - 1:30
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/612342002158861/
Contact: sosrallywpg@gmail.com

Toronto
South side of Queen's Park, 11:45 - 1pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/371506262976184/

Hamilton
Press conference, City Hall, 9am

Ottawa
Parliament Hill, noon - 1pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/639576056054837/

Sudbury
Tom Davies Square, noon - 1pm
Facebook event:

Kingston
Queens campus - Stauffer Library (101 Union St.), noon - 1pm
Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/548886058510343/
Contact: Raly Chakarova, r.chakarova@hotmail.com, 416-937-7302

Kitchener - Waterloo
Meet at Kitchener City Hall, 5pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/444399535673713/

Montreal
Complexe Guy-Favreau, noon - 1:30pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/606078736081800/

Halifax
Dalhousie Student Union Building, room 307, 1pm - 3:30pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/171325193051947/
Contact: Justin Singer, justin.singer@dal.ca, 647-407-2443

Fredericton
City Hall, noon - 1pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/122105531293444/
Contact: Jeff Clements, j.clements@unb.ca

St. Andrews, NB
Information rally and barbecue
Water St and King St, 10am - 1pm
Contact: Caroline Davies, sos.oceanscience@gmail.com

Background information on the Stand up for Science rallies is available here.