The Good Society--Evidence Based Decision-Making

Fundamental to the good society is the ability of elected officials and their civil servants to make decisions and policies grounded on evidence and sound scientific advice. This is also key to ensuring that the power of elites, and vested interests for maintaining the status quo do not dominate the political agenda of the day, and are kept in balance with the democratic principles of social justice, fairness, equity and sustainable development.

This recent article in University Affairs shows the underlying seriousness about what is happening in this country to evidence-based decision making, as roughly 1,500 scientists, students and supporters rallied at noontime on Parliament Hill yesterday.  Their rallying cry, No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy, should be a ‘wake’ up call for all Canadians.


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