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OTTAWA (Sept. 16, 2013) –

Today, thousands of scientists and concerned citizens participated in rallies across Canada, voicing their concern for the state of science in the public interest. Speakers highlighted that the health of public science impacts all of us and called on the federal government to make transparent, evidence-based decisions for the health and prosperity of all Canadians.

OTTAWA, September 11, 2013 - A year after gathering on Parliament Hill to mourn the ‘Death of Evidence’, scientists and their supporters are back. On September 16th, they will rally across the country to highlight the critical need to maintain evidence-based decision-making through the support of science in the public interest.

Rallies are set to take place in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Fredericton and Halifax, along with numerous other communities.

Fed up with the erosion of science in Canada? Want our government to support science in the public interest? Think that decisions should be based on evidence and facts instead of ideology? Join us on September 16th to Stand up for Science!

It's time to stand up for science in the public interest in Canada. In recent years we have seen cuts to many important scientific institutions, science funding has shifted focus towards the commercialization of research, and government scientists have lost the ability to communicate their research to the public.

Evidence for Democracy (E4D) advocates for the transparent use of science and evidence in Canadian public policy and government decision-making.

As a national, non-partisan, and not-for-profit organization, we believe that all Canadians benefit when public policy is informed by evidence.

We aim to increase government transparency and accountability by ensuring that scientific evidence is used in the decision-making process for the public good. And that these decisions are communicated openly to the public.

Dr. Katie Gibbs: Scientists call for evidence based decisions by governments

Dr. Katie Gibbs has seen her colleagues at the University of Ottawa biology department realize that if anybody in Canada can stand up to the attacks on science, it's the scientists themselves.