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.

OTTAWA (March 31, 2014) – An agreement has been reached to transfer the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research center from under the auspices of the Government of Canada to a non-profit organization, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The ELA, a collection of 58 lakes in northwestern Ontario, has conducted ground-breaking research on the impacts of environmental problems – such as acid rain, climate change, and mercury pollution – on lakes and fish populations for over four decades.

A few days ago we posted a letter from concerned citizens in Kenora to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister of the Environment, and the Minister of State for Science and Technology regarding the closure of many federal science libraries across the country. You can find that post and the letter here.

Evidence for Democracy recently partnered with Situating Science for a public lecture at Dalhousie university with Evidence for Democracy's co-founder, Dr. Scott Findlay. The talk is called "Governing in the Dark: Evidence, Accountability and the Future of Canadian Science." Here is the abstract: Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the Canadian government’s attitude towards science. They are concerned about declining federal investment in public interest science; a shift away from federal funding of basic research to business-oriented research; policies that restrict the communication of scientific information among government scientists and to the public; and – despite assurances to the contrary from federal ministers – an increasingly cavalier attitude towards science-informed decision-making. Are these symptoms of an ongoing erosion of basic democratic principles? What are some possible therapeutic and preventative interventions? You can find a full video of the talk here, along with the full text here.

A supporter sent us this moving letter from concerned citizens in Kenora to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister of the Environment, and the Minister of State for Science and Technology regarding the closure of many federal science libraries across the country. Here is an excerpt:

We are worried and concerned about the elimination and doom of DFO programs and libraries and Canada’s ability to do science which will protect the natural world.

Evidence for Democracy is partnering with Situating Science to bring you an exciting event on March 5th!

 

Evidence for Democracy's co-founder, Dr. Scott Findlay, will be giving a public lecture at Dalhousie University as part of the Lives of Evidence lecture series. His talk is called Governing in the Dark: Evidence, Accountability and the Future of Canadian Science. 

 

You can watch the live stream here at 6:30pm EST: https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/livesofevidence

There are a number of exciting E4D events coming up!

Katie Gibbs will be speaking in Toronto as part of Freedom to Read Week

What: Talk and screening of Silence of the Labs documentary
When: Saturday, March 1st
1pm - 2pm : Screening of Silence of the Labs
2pm - 3pm: Talk by Katie Gibbs
Where: Jane/Dundas Library 620 Jane St.

Joint the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/526619310784715/

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MEDIA RELEASE 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. “Most of the questions posed in the consultation paper are focused on business innovation,” said Dr. Scott Findlay, Professor of Biology at the University of Ottawa. “While business innovation is certainly important for our economic prosperity, many other aspects of Canadian science are equally important for the long-term well-being of Canadians.”

Make sure to watch the Fifth Estate this Friday, January 10, at 9pm EST for 'Silence of the Labs'.

The following is a blog post written by E4D supporter and conservation ecologist Alejandro Frid. It was originally posted to Conservation Bytes. Artists, poets and musicians make us feel, viscerally, how people destroy what they do not understand. Logic and observation lead E. O. Wilson to conclude: ‘If people don’t know, they don’t care. If they don’t care, they don’t act.’ Whether you feel it in one of Drew Dillinger’s poems or visualize it from the sinuous beauty of mathematical equations, the song remains the same. Scientists are critical to the present and future of the biosphere and humanity, but if — and only if — we are free to communicate our findings to the voting public.