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On April 23rd, new regulations for the Fisheries Act came into effect--dramatically weakening pollution prevention measures by increasing ministerial discretion and reducing the role for science and evidence.

These changes allow the Ministers of Environment and Fisheries to grant blanket authorization to industry to pollute our waterways instead of making these decisions on a case-by-case basis, based on the best available scientific and Indigenous knowledge. Ministers are now able to:

This article appeared in the March 13th issue of Research Money.

Evidence for Democracy is a national, non-partisan organization advocating for the use of evidence-based decision-making in public policy. E4D launches a number of education and advocacy campaigns, as well as supports those of partner organizations. Central to the success of our education and advocacy work is distributing clear, easy-to-understand and eye-catching visuals meant to share information quickly. We are currently looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist in the development of infographics, web graphics, and other materials for education and promotion. This requires intermediate webdesign skills using the program of the artist’s choice (ie: Illustrator, Inkscape, Easel.ly, Infogr.am, etc.)

OTTAWA (March 31, 2014) – An agreement has been reached to transfer the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research center from under the auspices of the Government of Canada to a non-profit organization, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The ELA, a collection of 58 lakes in northwestern Ontario, has conducted ground-breaking research on the impacts of environmental problems – such as acid rain, climate change, and mercury pollution – on lakes and fish populations for over four decades.

A few days ago we posted a letter from concerned citizens in Kenora to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister of the Environment, and the Minister of State for Science and Technology regarding the closure of many federal science libraries across the country. You can find that post and the letter here.