In their 2017 budget tabled this week, the Liberal government delivered on their promise to strengthen science in government, but fell short in supporting basic academic research.

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Fisheries expert Hillary MacDonell summarizes the government's recent review of the Fisheries Act, and what should be done to ensure the strength and health of Canada's fisheries.

Welcome to Stephanne, our new program co-ordinator!

Curious about science policy?

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Did you attend any of the Environmental Assessment Review public hearings, workshops, or panel presentations? Read on to hear about Stephanne Taylor's take on attending the EA Review workshop, and her hopes as a scientist for the EA review. 

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In the lead-up to the 2015 federal election, the federal Liberals made 219 promises to Canadians. Fifteen of these related to science and evidence-based decision-making. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the election, we ask, what progress has been made? 

We discussed in depth the performance of the Liberals on a few key promises in the Toronto Star.

What about the rest? Here, we give you a run down of every pre-election promise relating to science and evidence... and where things stand today.

We did - with events in six cities across Canada!

Ottawa, March 9, 2016 – In an open letter sent today to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal science ministers Kirsty Duncan and Navdeep Bains, two leading groups in the fight to restore evidence-based public policy are calling for scientific integrity provisions, including the right of federal scientists to speak publicly, to be added to collective bargaining agreements and formal science integrity policies at science-based departments.

Because science is for everyone.

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Whether you plan to attend an event, volunteer with a local organizing team, or even plan your own event, please sign-up below to join the March for Science movement in Canada.

This is a guest blog post by Dr. Eric Fisher. In this post Eric outlines the highlights of our recent Science and Social Media webinar with Samantha Yammine. 

 Dr. Eric Fisher is a scientist and entrepreneur. Eric earned his PhD at Dalhousie University, where he investigated how liver cells produce and destroy "bad cholesterol" particles. Eric then founded a startup called Labfundr, Canada's first crowdfunding platform for science. Eric lives in Halifax with his wife and dog, both of whom are smarter than him. Find him on Twitter @EricF1sher.