Inquiring into Ontario science and research

A few months back, we shared an update on science and research in Ontario, including some concerns about potential reductions in funding for scientific research and an update on our work regarding the dismissal of the Chief Scientist. In February, we sent a letter to Premier Ford reminding him of the importance of the position and inquiring about the status of hiring a replacement Chief Scientist for Ontario.

Research Summary: Showing scientific consensus may not impact individual's beliefs, but there is no consensus on that either

This piece is one in a new series we will be hosting on our blog, aiming to help make science more accessible to the public. This is a short, comprehensive summary of a recent paper: “Examining the Impact of Expert Voices: Communicating the Scientific Consensus on Genetically-modified Organisms”. Thank you to our volunteer Justin Marleau for contributing this post! 

Image with the words "The Fundamental Science Review: Where are we at?" overlaid over a blue, geometric background

In 2017, the federal government commissioned a review of Canada’s fundamental science and research ecosystem. The results of this, the Fundamental Science Review (also known as the Naylor report) called upon the government to take action on several recommendations that aimed to improve fundamental research in Canada.  The review was met with great support from scientists across the country.

The words "An Update on Science and Research in Ontario" overlaid on an image of Queen's park.

On June 7, 2018, Ontario elected a new Conservative government, led by Doug Ford. The shift in government has led to many changes in Ontario that are still emerging, including several shifts pertaining to science and research.

At Evidence for Democracy, we care about science capacity and ensuring that government decisions are made transparently, with robust evidence supporting them. As such, we’ve been closely monitoring the changes in Ontario to make sure that science, research and evidence-informed decision-making is a priority.

We wanted to bring you up to speed with some of the initiatives we’ve undertaken regarding science in the provincial government.

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