Lessons learned at the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2018

Stefanie Novakowski, guest contributor From November 7 to 9, government researchers, policy-makers, academics, entrepreneurs, and science communicators met at the 10th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, ON. This was an opportunity to share and discuss the major challenges and successes in Canada’s science policy landscape. Highlights of the event included talks by the Honourable […]

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Building Indigenous relations in an Age of Reconciliation

Michelle Washington and Lou-ann Neel

Sarah Boon, Science Borealis Core Team member On Saturday, November 17, Science Borealis co-hosted a workshop on Building Indigenous Relations in an Age of Reconciliation in Victoria, BC. The workshop was co-hosted with Vancouver’s Curiosity Collider and the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC), with in-kind support from the Hakai Institute. We spent the morning […]

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Canada’s ‘scientific integrity’ policy and its effects on transparency

Nahomi Amberber, Policy & Politics co-editor Scientific integrity has been a focus of the 2018 conversation around the intersection of science and policy. While research integrity has historically focused on the ethics of research design, scientific integrity in the Canadian context also aims to protect accountability after the research has been done. The Office of […]

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Science & Policy Exchange brings student voices to Canadian science policy issues

Subhobrata Das – used with permission

Farah Qaiser, Policy & Politics co-editor When it comes to science policy issues in Canada, there are plenty of perspectives to consider. A key demographic is graduate students and post-doctoral fellows; unfortunately, their voices often go unheard. With this in mind, the Montreal-based student group Science & Policy Exchange (SPE; or Dialogue Sciences & Politiques) […]

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Charismatic organisms, “lost causes”, and conservation priorities

Alina Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors It’s no coincidence that the logo and mascot for the World Wide Fund for Nature (known as the World Wildlife Fund in Canada and the USA) is a panda, and that baby seals are now associated with Greenpeace. Pandas and seals are cute and cuddly, […]

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