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.
June 28, 2018 - The British Columbia government today released an independent report on the current government practice of relying on professionals hired by the industry to manage the risk to public health and the environment as we develop our natural resources. The report follows an 8-month provincial review process to examine whether qualified professionals have the tools and structure to ensure both the protection of the public interest and the conservation of B.C.’s wildlife and wildlife habitat.
The 2018 March for Science occurred from coast to coast on Saturday, April 14th. Science supporters gathered across the country to celebrate the amazing tool that is science and to call for stronger civic engagement and government support for the institution of science.
Canadians marched, rallied, braved the cold and freezing rain, told and listened to stories, and came out in full force to show their support for science and evidence-based decision making.
Here are recaps of the various events from last month:
Budget 2018 was announced this week and we are excited to share that it includes significant investments in science and research. This budget contains significant steps towards the recommendations laid out in the Fundamental Science Review in 2017 and makes considerable mention of the Government’s commitment to evidence-based decision-making. As well as an increase of $925 million over 5 years for fundamental research through the granting councils, the Government has proposed forward-thinking solutions to challenges in Canadian science. Initiatives such as the new Tri-Council Fund for interdisciplinary and high-risk research, and investments in improving diversity and equality in academia are the right steps forward.
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.