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)

Check out our Executive Director, Dr. Katie Gibbs' letter to the new Prime Minister of Canada that was recently featured on CBC's The Current. 

You can listen to Katie and the entire segment on letters with calls for action from Justin Trudeau here: http://bit.ly/1LBxBp8

Dr. Steve Campana is a renowned fisheries biologist, who previously headed up both the Otolith Research Laboratory and the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He left the public service after government cutbacks and policy changes made his working environment increasingly difficult. He now holds an academic appointment at the University of Iceland, which is where we spoke to him.

In advance of Monday's election, E4D volunteers have put together some infographics looking at the education breakdown for MPs and cabinet ministers in our last Parliament. Keep this information in mind when you head to the polls on Monday!

For the first time in Canadian history, science and smart decision-making have become an election issue. This is a huge accomplishment, but there is still much work to be done. Check out what you can do today to make sure we elect a science-friendly government on October 19th!

Public concern surrounding the state of science and evidence-based decision-making in Canada has risen dramatically in recent years. In response to these concerns and in anticipation of the upcoming election, Evidence for Democracy distributed a science policy questionnaire to all major party leaders to gain insight into how they plan to address these issues if elected.

Take action to show that Canadians care about science and smart decision-making.