Op-Eds

E4D staff frequently provide commentary on science policy and evidence-based decision-making via the media and through opinion editorials. Below are some op-eds authored by E4D staff and partners.

Science integrity at risk in B.C.

Vancouver Sun - Tej Heer, Kimberly Girling - 26/6/2020

Scientific professionals work hard to protect B.C.’s people, resources, and economy. We must protect this work by building a system that values their contributions and allows them to continue to enrich and protect the lives of British Columbians.

What's next for research trainees in Canada after the pandemic

University Affairs - Vote Science Partners - 29/5/2020

They are the life force of scientific discovery, yet a disproportionate number of research trainees face a dire financial situation moving forward.

How politicians use evidence - and how public servants can help them find it

Apolitical - Kimberly Girling - 16/12/2019

When science and evidence are ignored in government decisions, citizens suffer. In the face of global challenges like climate change, and a growing landscape of misinformation, ensuring our governments are equipped to use robust evidence in their decisions is more important than ever.

Who can MPs trust in an age of misinformation? 

Ottawa Citizen - Kimberly Girling - 2/12/2019

A new report finds that, while politicians want to find and use the best available research and evidence, they face challenges putting this into practice.

This fall, let's #VoteScience

University Affairs - Vote Science Partners - 13/9/2019

Science is rarely a key issue during federal elections - and we think this needs to change.

Who's missing in the Ontario cabinet shuffle? Perhaps a Chief Scientist

The Toronto Star - Kimberly Girling - 24/6/2019

Let’s talk about climate. Just last week, in light of evidence demonstrating that our national climate is warming at twice the global rate, Canada declared a climate emergency. Climate change is increasingly evident in Ontario (you’ll recall that, just this April, we experienced some of the worst flooding the province has ever seen).

Fundamental science needs futher investment

Policy Options - Katie Gibbs and Kimberly Girling - 10/4/2019

The era of stagnation is behind us, but we are a long way from the finish line mapped out by the Naylor Report.

Why I'm done saying 'fake news'

The Toronto Star - Katie Gibbs - 2/10/2018

We’ve reached a dangerous point in time where the answers to “what is true” and “who to trust” dominate the debate on important issues like climate change, vaccines, and immigration. Reality is apparently even debatable for seemingly unimportant issues like crowd sizes and the price of beer in Ontario.