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How to make bureaucrats think like scientists

In February 2020, as Canada’s count of COVID-19 cases crept into the double digits, Mona Nemer realized she had a problem. For just over three years, she had been the federal government’s chief science advisor. But as the country scrambled to respond to an emergency growing more urgent by the day, she realized there was no official channel for her to advise those leading the response on the science of what they were dealing with.