Written by Denise Deby.
Layoffs of thousands of federal government scientists, cutbacks in program and research funding, weakening of environmental legislation, restrictions on communication of scientific findings–there’s plenty of evidence that in Canada, science is being undermined.
Those changes affect our health, our lands and waterways, our capacity to monitor and respond to problems, and much more.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers has been speaking out about this through its Getting Science Right campaign, which calls for a return to support for science in the public interest.
On Thursday, November 27, 2014 CAUT is hosting a discussion in Ottawa on “A New Direction for Science Policy in Canada? Get Science Right!”
The focus is the federal government’s approach to science policy, and alternative approaches. Panelists are Béla Joós, University of Ottawa physics professor; Diane Beauchemin, chemistry professor at Queen’s; Christina Muehlberger, PhD candidate in sociology and political economy at Carleton; Tim Powers, vice-president of Summa Strategies; Ted Hsu, Liberal MP and Science and Technology Critic; and Kennedy Stewart, NDP MP and Science and Technology Critic. Investigative reporter Mike De Souza will moderate.
The event is 6-8:30 p.m. at the Westin Hotel, Ontario Room, 11 Colonel By Dr. Admission is free.