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Natasha Myers, "Politics of Evidence (in Canada)"

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When Feb 18, 2015
from 04:10 PM to 06:00 PM
Where SS&H 1246
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The Politics of Evidence Working Group is a coalition of academics, scientists, and activists formed in 2014. Together we aspire to challenge the fraught politics of evidence in Canada today, troubling the obstacles that interfere with our right to know about the health and wellbeing of our bodies, communities, and environments.
 
We are concerned with the current Canadian government’s “war on science,” across the natural and social sciences. This includes the defunding of scientific research and environmental monitoring, the cancellation of the long form census, the closure of research stations, libraries, and archives, and the muzzling of federal scientists.
 
Our goal is to raise public awareness and to challenge existing barriers to research and the dissemination of research findings, whether such barriers come from the public or private sector. By interrogating the uses and abuses of evidence, we seek to highlight where science and technology in Canada intersect with issues of social and environmental justice.
 
The injustices we are concerned with include: the government’s failure to conduct inquiries into the environmental health effects of chemical contamination from industry; the consequences for people, animals, and plants living downstream from toxic waste; and the government’s refusal to conduct an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
 
The talk presentation will include a brief introduction and call for support for the Write2Know Project, our Canada-wide letter writing campaign condemning the muzzling of scientists and the cancellation of major environmental and health research programs: https://politicsofevidence.wordpress.com/the-write2know-project/

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Sciences (ISS), Science and Technology Studies (STS), and the Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS).

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