New National Organisation Fights for Science

This has been a busy week for the promoters of science in Canadian Society.  Just yesterday, hundreds of scientists marched on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest the cuts to science funding that is at the heart of economic prosperity and well-being in Canada; and on Monday, my partners Jamie Williams, Carol Parlow, Rob Tarzwell, and Paul Ingraham and I announced the launch of a new non-profit science advocacy group Bad Science Watch to complement this fight and promote good science in public policy.

Bad Science Watch is a new national activist organisation that has been built to combat dubious claims in the media and the government and to fight for the proper enforcement and strengthening of consumer protection regulation.  Skeptic North writers have been continually frustrated with the lack of interest shown by both the Office of Consumer Affairs and Health Canada to properly regulate questionable products and Bad Science Watch intends to remind them that the stakes are highest for those who are sickest in society.

Over the next few weeks we will be announcing our first projects, so stay tuned for that.   We have a 30 day campaign on right now and need to raise our first year of operating funds as well as funds for our first two projects. In the meantime, check out www.badsciencewatch.ca for more information on how to become involved, join our mailing list, and donate to help bring the fight for good science to an entire new level.

Bad Science Watch Launch Video from Bad Science Watch on Vimeo.

2 Responses to “New National Organisation Fights for Science”

  1. Lorne says:

    I was disappointed to find no content at this site (there doesn’t appear to be a site actually?) but I’ll be interested to hear about it once it’s up and running.

  2. DMG says:

    Great idea!

    Looking forward to what you do. I’ll consider donating once I’ve seen a bit of a track record established.
    (After all, I wouldn’t be a very good supporter if I didn’t wait for evidence before opening my wallet…)

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