Written by Denise Deby.
Government decisions that affect the environment, health and resources need to be informed by sound science–that’s obvious.
In Canada, science has been adversely affected by government cuts, weakened legislation and limits on communication of publicly-funded scientific findings. These constraints have also undermined citizens’ ability to participate in decision-making.
On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Carleton University’s Graduate Students’ Association and Evidence for Democracy are hosting The State of Public Science in Canada.
There’s an impressive list of panelists: Mike De Souza, investigative reporter on resources and the environment; Emily Norgang, senior researcher at the Canadian Labour Congress; Jake Rice, national senior ecosystem advisor at Department of Fisheries and Oceans; and moderator Katie Gibbs, executive director of Evidence for Democracy. The discussion is at 7 p.m. in the MacOdrum Library at Carleton.
If you haven’t already, check out the work that Evidence for Democracy has been doing to promote the use of science in public decision-making and citizen engagement in public debate. (Check their links here for more information on what’s happening with science in the public interest.)