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OTTAWA (February 4, 2014) –
The federal government is soliciting feedback on their consultation
paper - Seizing Canada’s moment: moving forward in science, technology
and innovation - to inform a revised science, technology and innovation
strategy to be released later this year. This will update a strategy
adopted in 2007 entitled Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's
“Most of the questions posed in the consultation paper
are focused on business innovation,” said Dr. Scott Findlay, Professor
of Biology at the University of Ottawa. “While business innovation is
certainly important for our economic prosperity, many other aspects of
Canadian science are equally important for the long-term well-being of
The consultation paper makes no reference to science and technology
development by government agencies and departments other than those
related to business. Any comprehensive federal science strategy must
also include research that provides unbiased knowledge for the benefit
of all Canadians. This includes medical research, environmental
monitoring and other research required for the federal government to
adequately execute their legal, fiduciary and regulatory functions that
depend on scientific information.
“We know that responsible resource development is a
priority for this government, yet the existing strategy and consultation
paper focus only on the science needed to develop resources, not the
science needed to protect human health and the environment.” said Dr.
Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy. “We need to
invest in both to ensure that our resource development is truly
The current strategy is also entirely silent about federal support for basic research.
“Supporting basic research is not identified as a
priority for Canadian science, yet basic research is at the heart of all
innovation, whatever form they take.” said Dr. Roger Croll, Professor
in the Department of Department of Physiology and Biophysics at
Dalhousie University. “No basic research, no innovation: it’s that
Evidence for Democracy recommends that the revised science, technology and innovation strategy should:
- recognize the need to foster innovation in the public interest as well as business innovation;
- restore federal government science capacity and identify strategies to ensure it flourishes;
- include a clear and explicit communication policy permitting
government scientists to communicate their science freely and openly;
- reinvest in basic research.
You can find the complete submission from Evidence for Democracy at www.evidencefordemocracy.ca/st.
Dr. Katie Gibbs, Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy
Phone: 613-866-6921 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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