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
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.
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
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
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).