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Vaccination: Protection for You and Me

Our world has changed dramatically over the last century due to advances in modern science. Were we living in 1900, it would come as no surprise to have our health threatened by infectious disease, but today this possibility rarely crosses our minds.

It’s bittersweet to announce that my time as Director of Policy at Evidence for Democracy is coming to a close.

It’s a case study in facts vs. misinformation. Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report; a “scientific blueprint” for how we can reach the global goals agreed to in Paris in 2015.

Ontario has cancelled its cap and trade system, which was created to reduce the province’s greenhouses gas (GHG) emissions. Premier Doug Ford has also promised to oppose implementing the federal carbon tax.

When decision-makers need to make a call about policy, where do they get their information from? Who helps to inform their decisions? How do they weigh information coming from different sources such as their party, local constituents, and external players like lobbyists, and think tanks?  What kind of data are they able to take into account, and how?