On April 22nd, we march for science!
The March for Science is a global celebration of our passion for science as well as a call to support and safeguard the scientific community from muzzling, funding cuts and political or corporate interference. These issues are not new to Canadian scientists: we fought a long battle against the gutting of research programs, the closure of labs, muzzling of government scientists and ideologically driven policies. While Canadian science has made great strides recently, the current situation for science in the United States is a reminder that this progress is always under threat. Some fields of science are politicized and targeted for anti-science policies; marginalized scientists are particularly vulnerable to a hostile government.
Science is international - cuts to American science hurt Canadian science. Our nations are deeply entwined, and our shared border means that policies and regulations in the US have a direct impact on Canada. This is an era of “alternative facts” and pervasive ideology: evidence and science are more important yet more vulnerable than ever before. Now is the time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted. Standing up for science means standing with scientists of all races, all genders, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all religions, all nationalities, and all political perspectives.
ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.
We as Canadians know too well the damage that can be done by an anti-science political agenda. Yet we also know first hand the positive change that is possible when scientists come together to defend science and its critical role in our society and democracy. Join us on April 22nd as we come together in Canada, in the US, and around the world, to march in solidarity with our American neighbours and stand in defence of science.
WHEN SCIENTISTS MARCH, WE CITE OUR SOURCES...
To celebrate Canadian public interest science, we are using the Twitter hashtag #ScitationNeeded to profile 30+ Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to science. You can see all the profiles posted so far on our #ScitationNeeded page.
...ON OUR PLACARDS.
We're having a community sign making party on April 12th from 6 to 8:30 at our office at 251 Bank St. We'll have bristol board and art supplies, but feel free to bring that eye-searingly bright paint or any sort of materials you'd like to use or share. Even if you can't make it, send us your witty slogans! We'll use them to make some signs, and we'll draw one at random at the sign making party and send the person who sent it in one of our t-shirts.
The Ottawa Speaker List is available here! We've got speakers from E4D, PIPSC, the University of Ottawa, and more. Note that we will be meeting, and staying on Parliament Hill.
Questions? Contact Stephanne Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parliament Hill is wheelchair accessible (use the Metcalfe Street entrance, and there is an incline from the sidewalk to the lawn level). The closest public washrooms that are easily accessible from the Hill lawn are at the Capital Information Centre across the street at 90 Wellington Street, and there is an accessible washroom there. There are also public washrooms between Centre and East block, near the Famous Five statue. If you have any accessibility concerns, please let us know -- we want everyone to be able to attend.
Want to volunteer in Ottawa or elsewhere? Click here for the webform, and we'll put you in touch with your local organizers.