Did you attend any of the Environmental Assessment Review public hearings, workshops, or panel presentations? Read on to hear about Stephanne Taylor's take on attending the EA Review workshop, and her hopes as a scientist for the EA review.
In the lead-up to the 2015 federal election, the federal Liberals made 219 promises to Canadians. Fifteen of these related to science and evidence-based decision-making. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the election, we ask, what progress has been made?
Ottawa, March 9, 2016 – In an open letter sent today to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal science ministers Kirsty Duncan and Navdeep Bains, two leading groups in the fight to restore evidence-based public policy are calling for scientific integrity provisions, including the right of federal scientists to speak publicly, to be added to collective bargaining agreements and formal science integrity policies at science-based departments.
Budget 2018 was announced this week and we are excited to share that it includes significant investments in science and research. This budget contains significant steps towards the recommendations laid out in the Fundamental Science Review in 2017 and makes considerable mention of the Government’s commitment to evidence-based decision-making. As well as an increase of $925 million over 5 years for fundamental research through the granting councils, the Government has proposed forward-thinking solutions to challenges in Canadian science. Initiatives such as the new Tri-Council Fund for interdisciplinary and high-risk research, and investments in improving diversity and equality in academia are the right steps forward.