Written by Denise Deby.

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Photo courtesy Stand Up for Science https://www.facebook.com/events/639576056054837/

Evidence for Democracy is a non-profit organization that advocates for the use of evidence in government decision-making. It was created by Canadian scientists and science communicators concerned about federal cuts to science and limits on communication of publicly-funded research.

Evidence for Democracy is holding Stand Up for Science rallies across Canada on Monday, September 16, 2013, including one in Ottawa on Parliament Hill from noon to 1:00 p.m.

The rally is a response to the government’s cuts to public institutions, its restrictions on communication of publicly-funded scientific research and the priority it’s given to applied research and technology over basic research. Here are just a few examples of what the federal government has done in recent years:

Here’s why that’s a problem, according to Evidence for Democracy:

Science matters to Canadians. Good science, when coupled with good decision-making, keeps our water and air clean, keeps us healthy, keeps our food safe and prepares Canada for the future. Science in the public interest is crucial for our well-being and long-term prosperity.”

Details on Stand Up for Science are available at Evidence for Democracy’s website and on Facebook.

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