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Good bets in science and research today, a national science strategy tomorrow?

It’s been just over a week since the federal budget was tabled amid a grueling third wave of COVID-19 infections and lockdowns. If you’re looking for an anchor in the storm, Budget 2021 is a safe bet. It is a dense document by any measure - over 700 pages in English, more in French - and if you manage to make it to the end, you’re greeted by annexes chock-full of impact analysis. (Annex 5 alone is 169 pages and “considers how each Budget 2021 measure affects Canadians - both who is most affected and the nature of the impacts at a high level.”)

The words "2021 Federal Budget" over an image of parliament hill.

Today, the Government of Canada tabled its long-awaited budget. This federal budget comes at a turbulent moment in the pandemic, with many regions experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 infections and accompanying restrictions, as well as ongoing challenges with vaccine roll-outs. 

Dear friends and colleagues,

Last week I officially joined the Evidence for Democracy team and community. I have been welcomed by a talented team and Board of Directors, as well as an enthusiastic community of supporters. It has been a welcome like no other and I am so thankful for your support. 

Green and Blue "E" and "D" from the Evidence for Democracy logo

I am very excited to share that today we are welcoming our new Executive Director! 

Just before the holidays, I let you know I would not be returning to Evidence for Democracy following my maternity leave. After close to a decade leading E4D, it’s time for me to move on to my next adventure. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together over these years, and continue to be passionate about this work.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the overwhelming overload and complexity of health information, also referred to as an infodemic. This experience is shared by all. If scientists find themselves drowning in the “growing torrent of new scientific papers” about the disease, where does it leave the public who have to navigate more scientific terms and data than ever before? At the same time, this health crisis has highlighted the important role we all play as individuals in public health, specifically, in slowing down the spread of the virus and of misinformation.

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