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Canadian researchers urge government to “Get Science Right”

published 31 July 2013 updated 1 August 2013

The organization representing Canada’s academic staff is calling for an overhaul of the federal government’s science policy, following renewed concerns about the impact of recent decisions on the integrity and independence of scientific research.

“Science in Canada is at a tipping point,” said James L. Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). “From the muzzling of scientists to the serious under-funding of basic research at our universities and colleges, the federal government is making dumb choices that will have serious consequences for all Canadians.”

In response to a growing outcry from researchers and academics, CAUT has launched a national campaign, Get Science Right, to highlight the negative impact of the government’s approach to science, to propose a new direction, and to encourage Canadians to take action to protect scientific integrity.

Turk said CAUT is calling on the government to re-invest in basic research, to make the research funding agencies arms-length and to establish a Parliamentary Science Officer to provide legislators with independent and non-partisan advice.

“Canada’s university and college researchers and scientists are saying enough is enough,” said Turk. “It’s time to stop making dumb choices, and start making right ones. We owe it to all Canadians to get science right.”

More information on the campaign can be found at www.GetScienceRight.ca