Death of Evidence: Birth of a Movement?
On July 10th, well over one thousand scientists and their supporters, many wearing their lab coats, marched through the streets of Ottawa and on to Parliament Hill to send a strong message to the federal government. Chanting "no science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy", the scientists were mourning the "Death of Evidence". The slogans they chanted and the signs they carried drew attention to the many examples of the government's lack of interest in, and support for, evidence and the science that produces it.
It was an important event and powerful signal that cuts to science capacity, the muzzling of scientists and the blatant disregard for evidence will not go unanswered.