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Good bets in science and research today, a national science strategy tomorrow?

It’s been just over a week since the federal budget was tabled amid a grueling third wave of COVID-19 infections and lockdowns. If you’re looking for an anchor in the storm, Budget 2021 is a safe bet. It is a dense document by any measure - over 700 pages in English, more in French - and if you manage to make it to the end, you’re greeted by annexes chock-full of impact analysis. (Annex 5 alone is 169 pages and “considers how each Budget 2021 measure affects Canadians - both who is most affected and the nature of the impacts at a high level.”)

The words "2021 Federal Budget" over an image of parliament hill.

Today, the Government of Canada tabled its long-awaited budget. This federal budget comes at a turbulent moment in the pandemic, with many regions experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 infections and accompanying restrictions, as well as ongoing challenges with vaccine roll-outs. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the overwhelming overload and complexity of health information, also referred to as an infodemic. This experience is shared by all. If scientists find themselves drowning in the “growing torrent of new scientific papers” about the disease, where does it leave the public who have to navigate more scientific terms and data than ever before? At the same time, this health crisis has highlighted the important role we all play as individuals in public health, specifically, in slowing down the spread of the virus and of misinformation.

Evidence-based response to COVID-19

Originally published March 25, 2020. 

Globally, health care workers, first responders, essential workers, public servants, and scientists are working tirelessly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This crisis demands an evidence-based response. Informing our actions and decisions using the best available science, and mobilizing the skills and knowledge of experts will be vitally important.  To help you, we will be keeping this post updated with credible sources of information on COVID-19 and ways to take action and do your part to stop the spread. We will continue to add to this post as the situation evolves. 

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Survey: Perceptions of misinformation among academics

COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the significant impact misinformation can have on our lives. 

 

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