Volunteer Spotlight

The work that Evidence for Democracy does would not be possible without the support, talent, and time of our hundreds of volunteers across Canada. With so many amazing people contributing their skills to this work, we want to take the time to recognize them. Each quarter, we introduce you to volunteers through our newsletter, The Catalyst. This time around, meet Angela Zhou and Farah Qaiser!

Budget 2019

Last year, Budget 2018 made an historic investment in science and research, with a more than $1.7 Billion of new funding for fundamental research. Many of these 2018 investments were direct responses to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review in 2017; recommendations made by a panel of experts on how to better support science across Canada.

This year we are pleased to see Budget 2019 expand on that solid investment with continued support for science, research and evidence. We’re especially thrilled to see investments in graduate student scholarships in-line with the Fundamental Science Review Recommendations and new initiatives to make science more inclusive and accessible including more support for parental leave for students and postdocs and new ways to support Indigenous students (details below).

Each month, Evidence for Democracy hosts a Canadian researcher for #CDNSCICHAT, a one hour Twitter chat about their research. Join us on March 28th for a conversation with Dr. Alexa Alexander-Trusiak. You can find her full bio below. 

Review of Ontario's Endangered Species Act

The Ontario government is currently reviewing the Endangered Species Act “to improve protections for species at risk, consider modern and innovative approaches to achieve positive outcomes for species at risk, as well as to look for ways to streamline approvals and provide clarity to support economic development.” We need experts to weigh in to make sure any changes made to the act are evidence-based. We don't have long to act - a proposal has been posted online and comments from the public are being accepted until March 4th. Below is a list of resources and background information on the Ontario Endangered Species Act to help you prepare your comments - thank you to Dr. Sheila Colla and others for providing us with these helpful resources. 

Please consider submitting a comment and sharing this resource list with your peers! 

Ahead of Budget 2019, the Department of Finance held a consultation period calling for Canadians to respond to a survey and submit feedback on priorities for the next federal budget. E4D participated in this consultation, submitting a call for further investments in research in line with the Fundamental Science Review recommendations along with calls to increase capacity for government science advice and science integrity.