Eroding Democracy: Canada’s Public Science Policy in a New Regime of Governance

The CSA-SCS, along with co-sponsors the Canadian Association for Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL), the Canadian Population Society (CPS), the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), and the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) will collaborate with Scientists for the Right to Know* to assemble a panel of experts to open up an important conversation at Congress 2014 about the muzzling of scientists and decreased access to information due to the current Canadian government policies.

This cross-association, interdisciplinary panel will elaborate on the current Canadian government’s science policy, access to information, the ability of government scientists to communicate freely with each other, the public, and the media, and the dangers posed to democratic engagement and participation through the erection of bureaucratic and other boundaries.

Financial support for this session was provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

*Scientists for the Right to Know are an advocacy group for the free communication, publication, and archiving of research.

Session Organizers:  Jesse Bazzul, University of Toronto, Margrit Eichler, University of Toronto, and Erin Sperling, University of Toronto

Panelists:

Dr. Janet Friskney, Past-President of the Bibliographical Society of Canada
Dr. James Turk, Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers
Franke James, noted artist and author

Schedule: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Brock University, Welch Hall-David S. Howes Theatre

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