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March for Science 2018 was a success in Canada from coast to coast

The 2018 March for Science occurred from coast to coast on Saturday, April 14th. Science supporters gathered across the country to celebrate the amazing tool that is science and to call for stronger civic engagement and government support for the institution of science.

Canadians marched, rallied, braved the cold and freezing rain, told and listened to stories, and came out in full force to show their support for science and evidence-based decision making.

Here are recaps of the various events from last month:

Equality & Growth - Budget 2018

Budget 2018 was announced this week and we are excited to share that it includes significant investments in science and research. This budget contains significant steps towards the recommendations laid out in the Fundamental Science Review in 2017 and makes considerable mention of the Government’s commitment to evidence-based decision-making. As well as an increase of $925 million over 5 years for fundamental research through the granting councils, the Government has proposed forward-thinking solutions to challenges in Canadian science. Initiatives such as the new Tri-Council Fund for interdisciplinary and high-risk research, and investments in improving diversity and equality in academia are the right steps forward.  

This is a guest blog post by Dr. Eric Fisher. In this post Eric outlines the highlights of our recent Science and Social Media webinar with Samantha Yammine. 

 Dr. Eric Fisher is a scientist and entrepreneur. Eric earned his PhD at Dalhousie University, where he investigated how liver cells produce and destroy "bad cholesterol" particles. Eric then founded a startup called Labfundr, Canada's first crowdfunding platform for science. Eric lives in Halifax with his wife and dog, both of whom are smarter than him. Find him on Twitter @EricF1sher.

To answer this question, Evidence for Democracy partnered with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) to host an online town hall. Dr. Paul Kushner, Dr. Laxmi Sushama, and Dr. James Drummond joined us to share their take on the question and a bit about their research.

Hundreds of prominent international scientists specializing in climate and atmospheric science released an open letter urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to re-invest in climate science.