One year ago today, Canadians went to polls. There are many claims that science was an important election issue, and indeed, engaged the public as never before. Are these claims true?

This infographic shows us how Canadian science issues played out on Twitter in the lead-up to the 2015 federal election.

This month, the federal government has been inviting Canadians to weigh in on Canada's Fundamental Science Review. Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan has assembled an Independent Review Panel, who are considering the feedback of thousands of Canadians for our nations' scientific future. 

It seems like Fall is here! Ottawa already feels different -- university students are back from summer break, the weather is changing, and most importantly for us at Evidence for Democracy, Parliament returns today.

This is our chance to keep pushing for smart decision-making in Canada, starting with the rebuilding of science.

Monday marks the start of Science Literacy Week (Sept 19 - 25), a weeklong celebration of science in Canada.

We’re excited! To mark the occasion, we’re putting on events all over the country to highlight Canadian science, discuss issues, and share our passion for science.

Upcoming changes to academic science funding have the potential to make or break Canada's capacity as an international leader in science. In this blog post series, we've asked researchers to weigh in on the potential impacts of the Fundamental Science Review why a funding review matters not just for scientists, but for Canadians.

Right now, the federal government is engaged in the Fundamental Science Review, where they are evaluating the government’s funding and support of fundamental research. You can find out more about the review process, and how to help shape Evidence for Democracy’s input to the Science Review’s advisory panel. 

We were recently asked to prepare responses to the Government of Canada's Draft Plan on Open Government and Revitalizing Access to Information. These commitments to make government information freely available to the public, and enshrining a culture of 'open by default', are laudible. They will help move the country towards a more transparent, accountable democracy. However, when it comes to science and integrity, these proposals fall short: they do not offer open science, as promised, but merely open scientific data.

Have your say! Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

Spring was a blur for us at E4D!  In addition to planning campus movie screenings, we organized a series of science pub nights and have recently launched our first volunteer newsletter!

This guest blog is by Mary-Herbert Copley, who explores the links between evidence and deliberative design when engaging in problem-solving for our institutions.