It’s a case study in facts vs. misinformation. Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report; a “scientific blueprint” for how we can reach the global goals agreed to in Paris in 2015.
Ontario has cancelled its cap and trade system, which was created to reduce the province’s greenhouses gas (GHG) emissions. Premier Doug Ford has also promised to oppose implementing the federal carbon tax.
When decision-makers need to make a call about policy, where do they get their information from? Who helps to inform their decisions? How do they weigh information coming from different sources such as their party, local constituents, and external players like lobbyists, and think tanks? What kind of data are they able to take into account, and how?
Objective, sound, and robust science, evidence, and data are needed to inform policy. When government decisions are made on the best available evidence, our health, environment, economy, and communities benefit
This is an excerpt from an op-ed authored by our Katie Gibbs and Kathleen Walsh, published in the Ottawa Citizen on July 20th, 2018. Read the full article here.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford promised to provide “value for money” when it comes to tax dollars spent on the public service. Days after taking office, he required the public service to cancel all subscriptions to newspapers and other sources of information, and freeze all travel outside the province.