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.

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!