This is a guest post by Michael Spratt, an Ottawa based criminal lawyer.

In a recent speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said something no cabinet minister ought to have to say out loud: that her boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his government are firm believers in evidence-based policy.

The Peoples’ Social Forum is taking place in Ottawa this weekend. E4D’s Katie Gibbs will be participating in two workshops. Come say hi and pick up an E4D button! (we’ll also have t-shirts for sale for $25)

Friday, August 22

10:45 am Montpetit 201

Silencing Dissent in Canada: Video screening and Q&A discussion organized by Voices Voix.

E4D is looking to hire a British Columbia-based organizer to expand our impact and presence in B.C. The organizer will be responsible for coordinating events and engaging supporters, among other tasks. Applications open immediately!

 

We are looking for an experienced organizer with excellent communication skills to fill this flexible, part-time position. For more information and to apply, click here:

 

Evidence for Democracy B.C. Organizer Position

If the government is committed to an independent, rigorous scientific assessment then it cannot base a decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline on this flawed report. To do so will simply serve to further undermine both public confidence and government credibility.

We have some exiting E4D events coming up in Vancouver! E4D Executive Director, Katie Gibbs, will be in town in mid-June and is looking to connect with you. This is your chance to learn more about E4D and what we're working on, have your say in our upcoming events and campaigns and meet fellow science and evidence supporters! We hope you can make it out to one of these events. See below for details. 

SFU talk

What: Talk with E4D's Katie Gibbs

When: June 17th, 12:30 pm

Where: B9242 room, SFU campus 

On April 23rd, new regulations for the Fisheries Act came into effect--dramatically weakening pollution prevention measures by increasing ministerial discretion and reducing the role for science and evidence.

These changes allow the Ministers of Environment and Fisheries to grant blanket authorization to industry to pollute our waterways instead of making these decisions on a case-by-case basis, based on the best available scientific and Indigenous knowledge. Ministers are now able to:

This article appeared in the March 13th issue of Research Money.

Evidence for Democracy is a national, non-partisan organization advocating for the use of evidence-based decision-making in public policy. E4D launches a number of education and advocacy campaigns, as well as supports those of partner organizations. Central to the success of our education and advocacy work is distributing clear, easy-to-understand and eye-catching visuals meant to share information quickly. We are currently looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist in the development of infographics, web graphics, and other materials for education and promotion. This requires intermediate webdesign skills using the program of the artist’s choice (ie: Illustrator, Inkscape, Easel.ly, Infogr.am, etc.)

Evidence for Democracy (E4D), a national non-partisan organization championing evidence-based decision-making in public policy, will undergo substantial expansions thanks to a grant of $96,600 over 24 months from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This grant highlights the growing desire for evidence-based policies in Canada and will allow E4D to expand their work helping scientists and experts engage with the public, journalists and policy makers.

OTTAWA (March 31, 2014) – An agreement has been reached to transfer the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research center from under the auspices of the Government of Canada to a non-profit organization, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The ELA, a collection of 58 lakes in northwestern Ontario, has conducted ground-breaking research on the impacts of environmental problems – such as acid rain, climate change, and mercury pollution – on lakes and fish populations for over four decades.