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OTTAWA (October 8, 2014) –

A report released today by Evidence for Democracy (E4D) – a national non-partisan, non-profit organization promoting evidence-based public policy – and Simon Fraser University (SFU) shows that most federal departments fail to adequately support open communication between their researchers and the public.

Evidence for Democracy (E4D), a national non-partisan organization championing evidence-based decision-making in public policy, will undergo substantial expansions thanks to a grant of $96,600 over 24 months from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This grant highlights the growing desire for evidence-based policies in Canada and will allow E4D to expand their work helping scientists and experts engage with the public, journalists and policy makers.

Click here to download a PDF version of the release.

OTTAWA (February 4, 2014) –

The federal government is soliciting feedback on their consultation paper - Seizing Canada’s moment: moving forward in science, technology and innovation - to inform a revised science, technology and innovation strategy to be released later this year. This will update a strategy adopted in 2007 entitled Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.

October 8, 2013 (Ottawa) ― On Thursday, Evidence for Democracy is bringing together an expert panel to discuss the ongoing erosion of public-interest science in Canada that has resulted from recent government actions.

The current federal government maintains that it supports science more than any previous government, yet the scientific community has been increasingly vocal about cuts to science funding, reduced capacity of government science, and restrictions on the ability of government scientists to communicate their findings.

It’s time to stand up for science in the public interest in Canada. In recent years we have seen cuts to many important scientific institutions, science funding has shifted focus towards the commercialization of research, and government scientists have lost the ability to communicate their research to the public.