Heather Douglas talks on CBC about government cuts to science

Friday, May 9, 2014

Heather DouglasHeather Douglas, Philosophy professor and Waterloo Chair in Science & Society, moderated a town hall in Waterloo addressing federal government cuts to science research. The event was organized by the Liberal Riding Association and featured Dr. Art Carty, executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, and Dr. Brian Dixon, Waterloo professor of Biology and Canada Research Chair in Fish & Environmental Immunology.

The next morning professors Douglas and Dixon spoke on CBC KW’s The Morning Edition.

Stressing the value of basic and discovery research, Dr. Douglas also spoke about the crucial role of research for the public good – such as science that monitors public health and environment.

Canada is going to have to decide what the role of science is in its democratic discourse and how to ensure that the public has access. […] It’s not the place of government to restrict that information in a democratic society. […] I’d like to see change in government to support communication of public interest science.” – Heather Douglas

Hear the full CBC radio interview.

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