The following opinion piece by E4D Executive Director Katie Gibbs appeared in iPolitics on November 17th 2013.

Is it time for scientists to leave the lab and enter the political fray?

November 9th - Ottawa

E4D’s Executive Director, Katie Gibbs, will be speaking at Media Democracy Days (http://mddottawa.ca/) in Ottawa. Talk starts at 1:30pm in Lamoureux Hall (145 Jean-Jacques Lussier) room 242. 

November 13th - Halifax

Get Science Right event in Halifax hosted by the CAUT. Event starts at 7pm at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

November 18th - Toronto

This letter to the editor from E4D's Executive Director was published in the Hill Times today: Contrary to the scenario that Mel Cappe’s comments suggest in last weeks article on communication policies for government scientists (The Hill Times, Oct. 28, pg. 41), the documented cases of government scientists being prohibited from talking to the media are not cases of scientists trying to “go public” with information or “go out and embarrass the government” over policy decisions they did not like. In many of the most notable instances, the government scientists in question (e.g. Kristi Miller, Scott Dallimore, David Tarasick) were not permitted to do interviews to discuss their peer-reviewed research that had already been published in internationally renowned scientific journals.

A report released today by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) based on a survey of federal scientists indicates that many believe censoring and suppression of publicly-funded science is widespread. These results provide additional evidence for concerns about the muzzling of federal scientists, and highlight the need for new less restrictive communication policies.

October 8, 2013 (Ottawa) ― On Thursday, Evidence for Democracy is bringing together an expert panel to discuss the ongoing erosion of public-interest science in Canada that has resulted from recent government actions.

The current federal government maintains that it supports science more than any previous government, yet the scientific community has been increasingly vocal about cuts to science funding, reduced capacity of government science, and restrictions on the ability of government scientists to communicate their findings.

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.

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.

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.