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Real change for our new government to place science over industry and political whim in ocean management decisions: An open letter to the Honorable Hunter Tootoo (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) and the Honorable Kirsty Duncan (Minister of Science)

 

Dr. Steve Campana is a renowned fisheries biologist, who previously headed up both the Otolith Research Laboratory and the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He left the public service after government cutbacks and policy changes made his working environment increasingly difficult. He now holds an academic appointment at the University of Iceland, which is where we spoke to him.

University of Waterloo Biologist, Trevor Charles and Evidence for Democracy's Research Coordinator, Alana Westwood examine the shortcomings of Canada's science and innovation approach in this The Hill Times opinion-editorial.

At Evidence for Democracy, we take a broad view of science, one that includes a variety of means of establishing and testing knowledge. We promote the use of evidence in government decision-making with the conviction that this will lead to decisions that serve the public interest. And we understand that good decisions rely on input from both the natural and social sciences.

A question about science policy has never been asked at a federal leaders’ debate. Now more than ever that has to change.

This opinion piece by Evidence for Democracy's Dr. Katie Gibbs and Alana Westwood was originally posted in the Toronto Star.