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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.

Evidence for Democracy recently partnered with Situating Science for a public lecture at Dalhousie university with Evidence for Democracy's co-founder, Dr. Scott Findlay. The talk is called "Governing in the Dark: Evidence, Accountability and the Future of Canadian Science." Here is the abstract: Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the Canadian government’s attitude towards science. They are concerned about declining federal investment in public interest science; a shift away from federal funding of basic research to business-oriented research; policies that restrict the communication of scientific information among government scientists and to the public; and – despite assurances to the contrary from federal ministers – an increasingly cavalier attitude towards science-informed decision-making. Are these symptoms of an ongoing erosion of basic democratic principles? What are some possible therapeutic and preventative interventions? You can find a full video of the talk here, along with the full text here.

A supporter sent us this moving 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. Here is an excerpt:

We are worried and concerned about the elimination and doom of DFO programs and libraries and Canada’s ability to do science which will protect the natural world.

Evidence for Democracy is partnering with Situating Science to bring you an exciting event on March 5th!

 

Evidence for Democracy's co-founder, Dr. Scott Findlay, will be giving a public lecture at Dalhousie University as part of the Lives of Evidence lecture series. His talk is called Governing in the Dark: Evidence, Accountability and the Future of Canadian Science. 

 

You can watch the live stream here at 6:30pm EST: https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/livesofevidence