In June 2016, the Canadian government announced comprehensive reviews of a number of environment-related proecsses, including the National Energy Board, Fisheries Act, and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. These reviews include public consultation. In November 2016, we sent an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and six Cabinet Ministers recommending five actions to improve the use of science, evidence, and transparency in these processes, signed by more than 1800 early-career researchers in Canada and Canadians abroad. In December, we presented our recommendations to the Expert Panel Review of Environmental Assessment Processes.



Read Our Letter

The letter was sent to:

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth

Cc: Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change;

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard;
Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development;

Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport;

Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources;

Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

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Young researchers call for scientific integrity in environmental decision-making in Canada

We are more than 1800 early-career researchers concerned about environmental and regulatory processes in Canada. Environmental and regulatory decision-making processes need scientific rigour and transparency to adequately assess benefits and risks for the health and environment of all Canadians. Our letter provides five recommendations to assist the federal government as it reviews these processes and seeks to strengthen evidence-based decision-making in Canada.
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You can still sign the letter by clicking the button below. We will update the signatures soon.

Organizing team

Michael Arbeider, Simon Fraser University
Colin Bailey, Simon Fraser University, @PiscisBailey
Caroline Fox, Dalhousie University, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, @CarolineHFox
Travis Gerwing, University of Northern British Columbia, @Dr_TGG
Pascale Gibeau, Simon Fraser University, @p_gibeau
Eric Hertz, Simon Fraser University, @eric_hertz
Aerin Jacob, University of Victoria
Luis Malpica-Cruz, Simon Fraser University, @luismalpicaC
Nico Muñoz, Western University, @uneasyNico
Kara Pitman, Simon Fraser University
Michael Price, Simon Fraser University
Ciara Sharpe, Simon Fraser University
Samantha Wilson, Simon Fraser University

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