We have some exciting news to share with you! 

Kathleen Walsh joined the team in April and will be serving as the interim Executive Director for the next year while I’m away on parental leave starting in May.

The 2016 federal budget announced on March 22nd marks a significant turning point for science in Canada. With increased support for the granting councils (NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC) as well as government research, this budget represents a vast improvement over recent budgets. In addition to increased funding for science and research, there is a renewed commitment to support basic research with funding that is not tied to industry driven projects. Perhaps most promising, there is a commitment to evidence-based decision-making and a general recognition of the importance of science and innovation in Canada’s economy and society.

Evidence for Democracy was asked by the Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, to provide feedback on the creation of a Chief Science Officer (CSO) for Canada. We consulted science policy experts, international best practices, and surveyed our approximately 15 000 supporters across Canada in order to guide our recommendations.

15 month full-time employment position ending May 2017 with possibility of continued employment.

When it comes to evidence-based decision-making in health, clinical trials are the standard for determining if a drug is safe and effective. However, up to half of the information from these trials is never made available to doctors or patients.

The following piece by E4D's Executive Director, Dr. Katie Gibbs, was published on Cochrane Canada's blog in December 2015. 

On November 30th, leaders from across the globe meet in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties, to discuss global solutions to climate change. On the eve of this, citizens across the globe are marching in the People's Climate March to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Real change for our new government to place science over industry and political whim in ocean management decisions: An open letter to the Honorable Hunter Tootoo (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) and the Honorable Kirsty Duncan (Minister of Science)

 

Bring the long-form census back in time for 2016!

There is only a short window to reinstate the long-form census in time for the 2016 census.

Take action now by calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to bring back the long-form census immediately so it is ready for the 2016 census.

It’s easy – simply sign the form below, or draft your own letter.

To: Justin Trudeau (justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca)

CC: Other party leaders (thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca)