UPDATED November 2015
The Write2Know Project is a letter-writing campaign that gives you the opportunity to ask federal scientists and Ministers about the results of the Canadian government’s environmental monitoring and scientific research programs. We believe that people have a right to know about the health of their bodies, communities and environments.
Write2Know works: Making public science an election issue
Over 4900 Write2Know letters were signed by people around the world in advance of the October 19, 2015 federal election in Canada. Our campaign was part of the efforts of many organizations and individuals who helped to make science an election issue.
The new federal government in Canada has named Catherine McKenna the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, appointed Kirsty Duncan as the Minister of Science, and Navdeep Bains as the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. They have also reinstated the long-form census and are claiming that they will rebuild their “capacity to deliver on evidence-based decision-making.”
The Write2Know campaign will continue. We have readdressed our public letters to newly appointed ministers and ministry critics. Your signatures on these new letters invite scientists once again to respond to our questions, however this time, given claims that they are no longer muzzled, we expect to hear back from them with answers. If they do not respond it is clear that our work is not done.
The letters you send demonstrate: the public desire for this information; your support for federally funded science and scientists; the need to protect databases, archives, and libraries; and the importance of reinstating the essential programs that monitor human and environmental health.
It’s your right to know.
Write2Know. Ask the questions that matter to you.