Why Public Science Matters

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Over 800 scientists worldwide have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on the federal government to restore funding cut from its science programs and to remove barriers to the ability of Canadian government scientists to collaborate internationally.

 

As scientists outside of Canada committed to international cooperation in confronting threats to the planet and human health, we urge you to remove excessive and burdensome restrictions and barriers to scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.

 

Quebec’s celebrity and oceanographer Boucar Diouf and scientist Pierre Béland appeared on the talk-show Tout le monde en parle to address the stoppage of TransCanada’s exploratory drilling in Cacouna ordered by the Superior Court of Quebec.

 

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) believes that “Canadians need science policy that puts the public interest first and builds upon the proven strengths of government and academic research.”

 

It’s a series that sheds light on the importance of aquatic sciences in the Charlotte County Coastal Region of New Brunswick. It’s a series that takes the viewer from the scenic Bay of Fundy to the lakes, rivers, and watersheds that make up that biologically diverse part of the world.

 

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which represents over 15,000 federal scientists and researchers whose work ensures the health and safety of Canadians and the environment, endorses NDP MP Kennedy Stewart’s private member’s bill to establish an independent Parliamentary Science Officer.

 

On June 6, 2014, Statistics Canada released its annual report “Federal Scientific Activities.”

 

Evidence for Democracy is assembling a network of experts to monitor and report on the use of evidence in government decisions.

 

The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) is a freshwater research facility in Northwestern Ontario, Canada that has operated as a government research program for over 45 years.

 

Heather Douglas, Philosophy professor and Waterloo Chair in Science & Society, moderated a town hall in Waterloo addressing federal government cuts to science research.

 

Save Ocean Science!

05-MAY-2014 09:04 AM | General  

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SOS is a group of citizens who are committed to the future of the Atlantic region’s marine economy, environment and traditions, particularly in southwest New Brunswick.

 

Cuts to science, vanishing environmental programs, and library closures: all expressed as “the war on science”.

 

Dr. Munir Sheikh, Former Chief Statistician of Canada, Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and Distinguished Fellow at the School of Public Policy, Queen's University

 

In three revealing, bilingual talks followed by a round-table discussion, this event connected the dots between the recent budget cuts to research, the muzzling of government scientists, and the Conservative government's actual agenda - a concerted dismantling of Canada's longstanding traditions of leadership in natural science and environmental stewardship. Featuring: Chris Turner, keynote & award-winning author of The War On Science / Science, on coupe ! Dr. Katie Gibbs, scientist & Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy Mike De Souza, freelance environment & science journalist Ethan Cox, MC, journalist & Senior Partner at CauseComms

 

Vanishing Science

06-FEB-2014 08:55 AM | General  

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Harper Government Cuts to Science Overwhelmingly Detrimental and Out of Sync with Public’s Priorities, Say Surveys

 

The Big Chill

21-OCT-2013 09:16 AM | General  

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Most Federal Scientists Feel They Can’t Speak Out, Even If Public Health and Safety at Risk, Says New Survey

 

Thank you all for coming out today in support of Canadian science. PIPSC represents more than 20,000 scientists, engineers and researchers across the country.

 

Today Statistics Canada released its report “Federal Scientific Activities, 2013/2014.” The survey covers the period from Sept. 10, 2012 to Jan. 11, 2013.

 

This spring the organizers of the “Death of Evidence” demonstration and the “Science Uncensored” campaign have launched a new “Evidence for Democracy” (E4D) Campaign.

 

Thomas J. Duck is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

 

Public Policy Rationale and Impact - Report prepared for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

 

Daryl Copeland

03-NOV-2010 08:08 AM | Audio  

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Daryl Copeland is an Ottawa-based analyst, author and educator specializing in diplomacy, international policy, global issues and public management.

 

Yves Gingras (French)

29-OCT-2010 01:58 PM | Audio  

Yves Gingras has been a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 1986. In 1997, Gingras co-founded the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies, where he currently holds the position of scientific director.

 

Gary Corbett

President, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

04-OCT-2010 03:41 PM | Video  

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As President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service, Gary Corbett represents scientists and researchers working for the federal government. Gary began his career as a scientist working for Natural Resouces Canada.

 

Louise Shaxson

Director, Delta Partnership, U.K.

04-OCT-2010 08:55 AM | Video  

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Louise Shaxson is a consultant based in the United Kingdom. She advises governments on evidence-based policy-making.

 

Stephen Lewis

Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University

15-SEP-2010 02:17 PM | Video  

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Stephen Lewis is a Professor in Global Health in the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University. He is Chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation(www.stephenlewisfoundation.org), which is dedicated to turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa. And he is Co-Director of AIDS-Free World in the United States.

 

Francesca Grifo

Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

15-SEP-2010 02:16 PM | Video  

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Dr. Francesca Grifo is Senior Scientist and Director of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Dr. Grifo acts to mobilize scientists and citizens to defend the integrity of government science from political interference.

 

Peter A. Singer

Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director at the McLaughlin - Rotman Centre

15-SEP-2010 02:15 PM | Video  

Tags : Health

Professor Peter A. Singer is Professor of Medicine, Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director at the McLaughlin - Rotman Centre for Global Health, University Health Network and University of Toronto.

 

Paul Noon

General Secretary, Prospect

15-SEP-2010 02:14 PM | Video  

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Paul Noon is General Secretary of Prospect, the 11th biggest union in the UK representing more than 122,000 engineering, managerial and scientific and professional staff in both the public and private sectors.

 

Andrew Weaver

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

20-JUL-2010 01:33 PM | Video  

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Andrew Weaver is one of the world's foremost climate scientists. He was a lead author in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- the group that, with Al Gore, won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author of Keeping Our Cool.

 

Rees Kassen

University of Ottawa and Chair, The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

20-JUL-2010 01:32 PM | Video  

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Dr Rees Kassen is associate professor and University Research Chair in Experimental Evolution at the University of Ottawa. He is also Chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), an association of over 25 professional and scientific organizations representing 50,000 members from academia, industry and government.

 

Dr. David Suzuki

20-JUL-2010 01:31 PM | Audio  

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David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation (www.davidsuzuki.org) is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.

 

Adam Holbrook

Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University

20-JUL-2010 01:31 PM | Video  

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Adam Holbrook is an adjunct professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Prof. Holbrook was trained as a physicist and electrical engineer and is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of Ontario and BC.

 

Peter Calamai

School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

20-JUL-2010 01:30 PM | Video  

Peter Calamai worked as a correspondent and editor with the Southam chain for 30 years and was a staff science reporter for Canadian daily newspapers for 15 years. In 1970, Calamai was a founding member of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association and he is now a director of the new Science Media Centre of Canada.