Canadians marched for science, from coast-to-coast

""There's so much to protest, I brought a reusable sign," one man's whiteboard sign read."

In April, thousands of people around the world participated in the March for Science, marching and rallying in support of science and scientific community.  We estimate over 7500 people marched in Canada, with rallies and events taking place in 17 cities across the country.  The turnout was excellent, the media coverage was extensive, but ultimately grassroots initiatives are driven by the people themselves - and we are grateful that Canada has so many willing to organize for science.  This is a small selection of photos and quotes from speakers, organizers, and participants from across the country.

 

Victoria: “Some say that scientists should stick to what they know best, which is doing research, and that they shouldn’t care how or where the chips fall. I say we cannot stand by when our work is misrepresented, when data is cherry-picked, when outright lies and abuse are heaped on our profession.” - Patrick von Aderkas, as quoted in the Times Colonist

 

Vancouver: Photo (and photo at top of post) courtesy of Scott Pownall of Open Science Network. Coverage in the Vancouver Sun and the Georgia Straight.
 Crowd of people filling sidewalk carrying signs and giant jellyfish

 

Edmonton: Photo courtesy of Paula Kirman. Coverage in the Edmonton Journal.
Man holding a sign that reads "what do we want? Evidence based decision making!  When do we want it? After peer review!"

 

Calgary: “It’s frankly quite scary when we’re putting aside fact for opinion or ideology or people’s gut feelings. So I think that’s why it resonated with a lot of people here today . . . not just to remind our politicians that they need to take these things into account, but also to show that we’re here to support our brothers and sisters and folks to the south as well.”  - Chelsa Dornian, as quoted in the Calgary Herald.

 

Lethbridge: Photo courtesy of Stephnie Watson.  Coverage in Lethbridge News Now.

 

Saskatoon: "Writer Candace Savage – who was among those to address the crowd – also took aim at the Wall government’s cutbacks in library funding. “If that isn’t an attack on knowledge I don’t know what is,” she declared." - Saskatoon Star Pheonix

 

Winnipeg: "Ruby Pommer and her daughter Sage, 13, sat at the foot of the legislature steps and handed out their homemade "Periodic Table" cookies. Pommer said the anti-scientific/anti-elite message of Trump "will affect us in the long-term. Just his (Trump's) whole public statement that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese," Pommer added. "I find that very irritating. I wish everybody would get out and yell about that. It's such a crock." - Winnipeg Free Press

 

Sudbury: Photo courtesy of Drew Gazmik and Elizabeth Sorrell. Coverage in the Sudbury Star and Left Lens Media.
Marchers on a sidewalk with a banner reading "Science March" and a variety of signs

 

Windsor: Photo courtesy of Allison Mistakidis.  Coverage in the Windsor Star.

 

London: Photo courtesy of the London chapter of the Council of Canadians.

 

Kitchener-Waterloo: Photo courtesy of Kitchener-Waterloo March for Science. Coverage in The Record.

 

Hamilton: ""There's so much to protest, I brought a reusable sign," one man's whiteboard sign read." - The Spectator

 

Toronto: Photo courtesy of Dan Weaver.  Coverage in the Toronto StarNow Magazine, and Motherboard.

 

Ottawa: Photo courtesy of Alex Tetreault.  Coverage in the iPolitics and the CBC.

 

Montreal: Photos courtesy of the Montreal March for Science.  Coverage in the Montreal GazetteThe Link, and Radio-Canada.

 

Halifax: "We have this huge consensus of scientists telling us that the way things are going cannot continue. For example, reliance on fossil fuels, emissions-heavy transportation, and (unhealthy) food production. But governments at every level, including international, are not acting properly on it." - Tim Allenby, as quoted in the Chronicle Herald.

 

St. John's: Photo courtesy of Lauren Hayes.
Four people in winter coats holding signs reading "science saves lives" and "people thinking the earth is flat never made it less round"

 

A big thank you et un gros merci to everyone who joined us across the country!

Stephanne Taylor

Program Co-ordinator

Stephanne is organizing science policy, research, and communication initiatives for E4D.  She completed her PhD in physical oceanography at McGill University in 2016, where her research focused on ocean circulation and energetics. She has also published research in gravitational physics, applied physics, and Martian geochemistry, giving her a strong and varied background in physical sciences.