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 Mairin Deith and Aaron Maxwell!

I am beyond excited to introduce myself as the Summer Outreach Coordinator for Evidence for Democracy!

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.

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