This month, the federal government has been inviting Canadians to weigh in on Canada's Fundamental Science Review. Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan has assembled an Independent Review Panel, who are considering the feedback of thousands of Canadians for our nations' scientific future.
It seems like Fall is here! Ottawa already feels different -- university students are back from summer break, the weather is changing, and most importantly for us at Evidence for Democracy, Parliament returns today.
This is our chance to keep pushing for smart decision-making in Canada, starting with the rebuilding of science.
Upcoming changes to academic science funding have the potential to make or break Canada's capacity as an international leader in science. In this blog post series, we've asked researchers to weigh in on the potential impacts of the Fundamental Science Review why a funding review matters not just for scientists, but for Canadians.
We were recently asked to prepare responses to the Government of Canada's Draft Plan on Open Government and Revitalizing Access to Information. These commitments to make government information freely available to the public, and enshrining a culture of 'open by default', are laudible. They will help move the country towards a more transparent, accountable democracy. However, when it comes to science and integrity, these proposals fall short: they do not offer open science, as promised, but merely open scientific data.