In our latest instalment of Evidence for Democracy's Network of Experts Panel, our experts tackle a contentious energy issue: hydrocarbon fracking. Nova Scotia became the first province to introduce legislation banning high-volume fracking of onshore shale gas. On the decision, Nova Scotia’s Energy Minister Andrew Younger expressed that there were too many uncertainties about the health and environmental impacts of fracking. We asked our experts: "In your view, is there enough empirical evidence about hydrocarbon fracking to make an informed decision about whether it should be permitted? What is the most critical piece or type of information we should take into account on this issue?"

Attention Montréalers!

E4D's Co-Founder Dr. Scott Findlay is a keynote speaker at the upcoming 5th annual Science & Policy Exchange Conference in Montréal. This year's conference theme is "The State of Innovation in Canada". 

This is a guest post by Heather Douglas, the Waterloo Chair in Science and Society in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.

Update: You can find a copy of Scott Findlay's E4D presentation here

Attention Winnipeggers, 

The Winnipeg South Liberal Association is hosting a great event featuring E4D's Co-Founder Dr. Scott Findlay next week! The panel discussion will focus on "Ending the War on Science" in Canada. Other panelists include:

Mr. Terry Duguid - Winnipeg South Federal Liberal Candidate

Evidence for Democracy has launched a new feature: the Network of Experts Panel, where we bring the opinions of professionals in the network to the public on critical issues.

This is a guest post by Michael Spratt, an Ottawa based criminal lawyer.

In a recent speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said something no cabinet minister ought to have to say out loud: that her boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his government are firm believers in evidence-based policy.

The Peoples’ Social Forum is taking place in Ottawa this weekend. E4D’s Katie Gibbs will be participating in two workshops. Come say hi and pick up an E4D button! (we’ll also have t-shirts for sale for $25)

Friday, August 22

10:45 am Montpetit 201

Silencing Dissent in Canada: Video screening and Q&A discussion organized by Voices Voix.

E4D is looking to hire a British Columbia-based organizer to expand our impact and presence in B.C. The organizer will be responsible for coordinating events and engaging supporters, among other tasks. Applications open immediately!

 

We are looking for an experienced organizer with excellent communication skills to fill this flexible, part-time position. For more information and to apply, click here:

 

Evidence for Democracy B.C. Organizer Position

If the government is committed to an independent, rigorous scientific assessment then it cannot base a decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline on this flawed report. To do so will simply serve to further undermine both public confidence and government credibility.

We have some exiting E4D events coming up in Vancouver! E4D Executive Director, Katie Gibbs, will be in town in mid-June and is looking to connect with you. This is your chance to learn more about E4D and what we're working on, have your say in our upcoming events and campaigns and meet fellow science and evidence supporters! We hope you can make it out to one of these events. See below for details. 

SFU talk

What: Talk with E4D's Katie Gibbs

When: June 17th, 12:30 pm

Where: B9242 room, SFU campus