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Objective, sound, and robust science, evidence, and data are needed to inform policy. When government decisions are made on the best available evidence, our health, environment, economy, and communities benefit

This is an excerpt from an op-ed authored by our Katie Gibbs and Kathleen Walsh, published in the Ottawa Citizen on July 20th, 2018. Read the full article here.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford promised to provide “value for money” when it comes to tax dollars spent on the public service. Days after taking office, he required the public service to cancel all subscriptions to newspapers and other sources of information, and freeze all travel outside the province.

Equality & Growth - Budget 2018

Budget 2018 was announced this week and we are excited to share that it includes significant investments in science and research. This budget contains significant steps towards the recommendations laid out in the Fundamental Science Review in 2017 and makes considerable mention of the Government’s commitment to evidence-based decision-making. As well as an increase of $925 million over 5 years for fundamental research through the granting councils, the Government has proposed forward-thinking solutions to challenges in Canadian science. Initiatives such as the new Tri-Council Fund for interdisciplinary and high-risk research, and investments in improving diversity and equality in academia are the right steps forward.  

To answer this question, Evidence for Democracy partnered with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) to host an online town hall. Dr. Paul Kushner, Dr. Laxmi Sushama, and Dr. James Drummond joined us to share their take on the question and a bit about their research.

Hundreds of prominent international scientists specializing in climate and atmospheric science released an open letter urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to re-invest in climate science.