On Monday September 16th 2013, scientists and concerned citizens participated in rallies across Canada, voicing their concern for the state of science in the public interest. Speakers highlighted that the health of public science impacts all of us and called on the federal government to make transparent, evidence-based decisions for the health and prosperity of all Canadians.
In addition to a large rally in Ottawa, rallies were held from coast to coast including Vancouver, Salmon Arm, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener – Waterloo, Montreal, Fredericton, St. Andrews, and Halifax, making this one of the largest nation-wide pro-science rallies in Canadian history.
The rallies arose over concern about the state of science in Canada. In recent years there have been cuts to many important public scientific institutions that provide the data critical to keeping Canadians informed about their health and welfare. While there is evidence of increased investment in applied research and technological innovation, this has come at the expense of investment in basic research. And there is accumulating evidence of increasing constraints on the ability of government scientists to communicate directly with the public.
Here is a sampling of the national and international media coverage from the rally:
Globe and Mail: Scientists push campaign for evidence-based decision making from government
CBC Quirks and Quarks: Researchers stand up for science, plan rallies coast to coast
Grist and The Guardian: Canada bans researchers from discussing snowflakes, findings. Scientists protest
New York Times Editorial: Silencing Scientists
CBC's The National: Stand Up for Science rallies
Click below for photos and video from the rallies. (more will be added soon)