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Stand Up for Science rallies target federal government

posted Sep 18, 2013, 7:13 PM by SOS SaveOceanScience   [ updated Sep 18, 2013, 7:23 PM ]

Stand Up for Science rallies target federal government

Motion supporting scientists' freedom to speak tabled by NDP

CBC News Posted: Sep 16, 2013 12:12 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 16, 2013 10:48 PM ET


Scientists gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and at locations across the country to protest cuts to research and what they say are the federal government's attempts to 'muzzle' scientists.

Canadian scientists and their supporters held demonstrations across the country Monday, calling on the federal government to stop cutting scientific research and muzzling scientists.

“Stand Up for Science” events were held in 17 cities by the non-profit science advocacy group Evidence for Democracy.

“Scientists would rather be doing research than rallying, but many of us are concerned about the health of public science, and feel that Canadians should understand these concerns,” said Scott Findlay, a co-founder of Evidence of Democracy and a professor of biology at the University of Ottawa, in a statement.

“The Canadian standard of living is, in large measure, a result of scientific discovery and technological innovation. So every Canadian has a vested interest in the health of public science, and the use of scientific evidence to protect and sustain the values we hold.”

The group says “it’s time to stand up for science in the public interest” because in recent years:

  • “Many important” scientific institutions have received cuts.
  • There has been a shift in science funding toward the commercialization of research at the expense of more fundamental research.
  • Government scientists have lost their ability to communicate their research to the public. That complaint is currently being investigated by the federal information commissioner.