Media Advisory: Scientists demonstrate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in support of the global movement “Walk for Science”

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Scientists and science advocates will be mobilizing tomorrow (April 22) at 11 am on a Science Walk on Parliament Hill, To hundreds of thousands of people in more than 500 cities around the world. What will be the biggest demonstration of support for open and independent science in history will also be a collective and united response to the countless cuts, restrictions on communication and restructuring initiatives undertaken in the United States by the Trump administration, Particularly unfavorable to federal science-based services.

Speakers include Elder Annie Smith St-Georges; Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy; Debi Daviau, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada; Kin Chan, American scientist and assistant professor at the University of Ottawa; Jeremy Kerr, President of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution and Professor at the University of Ottawa; Catherine Abreu, Executive Director of the Climate Action Network; Kristin Baetz, President of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences and Professor at the University of Ottawa; And James Compton, President of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

“The Walk for Science” celebrates our shared passion for science and demonstrates that science is important not only to scientists but to all Canadians, “said Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy. “We know too well the damage caused by antiscientific political aims, but we also know that positive changes are possible when scientists unite their voices to that of their community.”

“Our members stand in solidarity with their American colleagues in their struggle for scientific integrity,” said Debi Daviau, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), representing more than 15,000 scientists employed by the Government of Canada . The draconian cuts imposed by the previous government on federal science are far from being erased and forgotten and should serve as a warning about the even more disastrous consequences of cuts in the United States. Science has no boundaries. The world may need more countries like Canada, but it also needs more science. “

Source: Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada