Ten years ago, thousands of scientists and their supporters marched through Ottawa to Parliament Hill in the “death of evidence” rally. Some wore white coats, while others came in grim reaper costumes, complete with scythes. All came to mourn the demise of science in Canada’s democracy.
At the time, research sites were being shuttered and government scientists were being barred from speaking publicly about their work. All in all, science was being wilfully excluded from public policy. In response, Canada’s science community overcame its reluctance to enter the political fray, and stood up for what was missing: evidence-informed policy, transparency, and scientific integrity.
Much has changed since (sort of)... (F. Qaiser & R. Maxwell, Hill Times: hilltimes.com)