2015 Federal Election - Vote Science Events

Across the country, Canadians are working to make sure that public-interest science and smart decision-making get the attention they deserve during this federal election campaign. 

Here is a list of exciting events happening from coast to coast!

If you don’t see your city on the list – consider hosting an event. It’s easy and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Sign up here for more information.


Past events


Sept. 21, 5pm — Ottawa, ON

What: A panel discussion on science policy organized by iVote at the University of Ottawa

Who: David Suzuki is the keynote speaker and panelists include Scott Findlay (uOttawa and E4D Board Director, Debi Daviau (President, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada), Paul Dufour (Paulicy Works), and Munir Sheikh (former Chief Statistician of Canada)

Where: University of Ottawa, 120 University, Social Sciences Building (First Floor Lobby)

For more information and to register for free please visit iVote's event page.


Sept. 21, 6-7pm - Toronto, ON

What: A Silence of the Labs screening and discussion organized by E4D, York University Libraries, Politics of Evidence Working Group

Who: Special speaker: John Dupuis, Steacie Science & Engineering Library, York University

Where: York University, Paul Delaney Gallery (Room 320)

For more information please visit the York University Libraries event page.


Sept. 22, 4pm - St. John's, NL

What: Panel discussion: Erosion of science and democracy organized by E4D, PIPSC and Paul Thorburn

Where: Memorial University. Room 1M101 of the Medical Education Building (HSC).


Sept. 22, 6pm - Antigonish, NS

What: The Canadian Journal Of Physics and Evidence for Democracy present a screening of the CBC documentary "Silence of the labs". An all-candidates meeting will follow at 7pm.

Where: Physical Sciences Centre, PS1072

For more information please visit the St. Francis Xavier University event page.


Sept. 23, 7pm PT - Victoria, BC

What: Science and Technology Debate organized by Aerin Jacob

Who: Debate will be moderated by Bob McDonald from CBC's Quirks and Quarks. Local Victoria candidates from the Green Party, Liberal Party and New Democratic Party have been confirmed

Where: B150, Bob Wright Centre, University of Victoria. Event will also be livestreamed. 

Visit their Facebook event for more details. 


Sept. 24, 3-5pm - Vancouver, BC

What: Silence of the Labs screening and discussion 

Where: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

For more information please visit the SFU Library Workshops event page.


Sept. 24, 3-5pm - Kingston, ON

What: A town hall on erosion of science organized by the Canadian Association of University Teachers

Who: Keynote speaker, Queens Professor John Smol and panel discussion with Annette Burfoot, Canadian Association of University Teachers and Katie Gibbs, Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy.

Where: Queen's University, Botterell Hall (Room B143).

For more information please visit the CAUT event page.


Sept. 24, 7pm - Maple Ridge, BC

What: A Silence of the Labs screening and discussion organized by Cinema Politica Ridge Meadows.

Where: Maple Ridge City Hall

For more information please visit the Cinema Politica event page.


Sept. 25, 10am- noon - Waterloo, ON

What: Silence of the Labs Screening followed by all-candidates discussion about science, organized by Justin Singer

Who: University of Waterloo faculty including Dr. John McLevey, Dr. Paul Thagard and Dr. David DeVidi will participate in the discussion, and local candidates from the Green Party, Liberal Party and New Democratic Party have been confirmed

Where: Building EV2, Room 2069, University of Waterloo campus

Visit their Facebook event page for more details.


Sept. 28, 1pm - Fredericton, NB

What: A presentation and discussion on the importance of science in democracy. Organized by E4D, PIPSC and Susan O'Donnell

Where: Renaissance College (downtown campus of UNB)


Sept. 29, 7pm - Halifax, NS

What: Town hall on erosion of science organized by the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers and the Dalhousie Faculty Association

Who: Moderated by Ian Stewart, Science historian with University of King's College. Speakers include Katie Gibbs, Evidence for Democracy; Britt Hall, uRegina biologist and ELA advocate; Peter Wells, retired Environment Canada marine scientist and adjunct professor at Dalhousie University; and Thomas Duck, Dalhousie atmospheric scientist featured in CBC documentary, Silence of the Labs.

Where: Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. 5440 Spring Garden Road


Sept. 29, 6pm - Ottawa, ON

What: A presentation and discussion on the importance of science in democracy. Organized by E4D and PIPSC.

Where: Vanier Hall room 5070 (University of Ottawa campus)


Oct. 1, noon-1:30pm - Lethbridge, AB

What: A presentation, lunch, and discussion on the erosionof science organized by the South Alberta Council on Public Affairs

Who: Evidence for Democracy's Dr. Shannon Stunden Bower will be giving a talk called  “Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Canada: What’s Happened, why it Matters, and what we can do?

Where: Country Kitchen Catering (lower level of the Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S

For more details, please visit the SACPA event page.


Oct. 1, 7pm - Waterloo, ON

What: A town hall on erosion of science organized by the Canadian Association of University Teachers

Who: Moderated by Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher Educational Leadership, Policy & Human Development, North Carolina State University. Panelists include Katie Gibbs, Evidence for Democracy; Dr. Heidi Swanson, Assistant Professor of Biology and University Research Chair, University of Waterloo; and Dr. Heather Douglas, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Waterloo Chair in Science and Society, University of Waterloo.

Where: Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel, 475 King Street North 

For more details, please visit the event page.


Oct. 6, 5:30 - Ottawa, ON

What: A panel discussion on the erosion of science in Canada, organized by the University of Ottawa Graduate Students Association

Who: Panelists include Katie Gibbs, Evidence for Democracy; Robert Ramsay, Canadian Association of University Teachers; and Christina Muehlberger, National Graduate Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students.

Where: 601 Cumberland, room GSD 307

For more details, check out the event page.


Oct. 8, 7pm - Regina, SK

What: A Silence of the Labs screening and discussion

Where: Royal Saskatchewan Museum

For more details, please visit the event page.


Oct. 8, 6:30pm - Waterloo, ON

What: A Silence of the Labs screening and discussion

Where: Renison University College (240 Westmount Rd N), Dunker Family Lounge 

For more details, please visit the event page.


Oct. 13, 5:30pm - Ottawa, ON

What: A Silence of the Labs screening and opportunity to sign the Science Pledge!

Where: D'Iorio Hall - University of Ottawa, Room 214

For more details, please visit the event page.


Oct 13. 5pm - Prince George, BC

What: A Silence of the Labs screening and opportunity to sign the Science Pledge!

Where: UNBC Prince George campus, Wintergarden Lecture Theatre (Room 7-212)

For more details, please visit the event page.


Oct 14. 6pm - Ottawa, ON

What: A presentation and discussion on the importance of science in democracy. Organized by E4D, PIPSC, and Marlene Fouad

Where: Room 209 Cafe Nostalgica (601 Cumberland St)


Oct 15. 4pm - Ottawa, ON

What: A presentation and discussion on the importance of science in democracy. Organized by E4D, PIPSC, and Marlene Fouad

Where: Carleton University GSA board room (sixth floor of University Centre)


Oct. 15, 7pm - Victoria, BC

What: A Silence of the Labs screening and opportunity to sign the Science Pledge!

Where: Room ECS 125 (University of Victoria campus).


Oct. 16, 8pm - Ottawa, ON

What: Science and Technology Debate organized by Alexander Churchin and Evidence for Democracy

Who: Debate will be moderated by special guest Kathryn O’Hara (CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication, and former co-anchor of CBC’s Newsday in Ottawa).  Three local Ottawa West-Nepean federal candidates have been confirmed: Anita Vandenbeld (Liberals), Marlene Rivier (NDP) and Mark Brooks (Greens).

Where: Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean)

Visit the Facebook event page for more details. 


Oct 16. 4pm - Ottawa, ON

What: A presentation and discussion on the importance of science in democracy. Organized by E4D, PIPSC, and Marlene Fouad

Where: Carleton University GSA board room (sixth floor of University Centre)


 

 

Marija Curran

Communications and Development Coordinator

Marija Curran joined Evidence for Democracy as a Communications and Fundraising Coordinator in 2014. She comes to E4D from the Council of Canadian Academies where she worked as a Communications Coordinator to create and promote independent, evidence-based research for public policy development.