The Canadian Science Policy Centre, which organizes the CSPC, is pleased to announce the launch this blog! We will be welcoming submissions from all individuals interested in science policy and in the intersection between science and technology with society, the economy, and politics.

Submit your posts with a short description of your background and a link to your website (if applicable) to blog@sciencepolicy.ca.

Below is a list of suggested areas of interest to CSPC. However, posts related to science policy on any topic, especially Canadian perspectives, are welcome.
• Global and national science, health and environmental issues
• Science communication and education
• Current issues in scientific research
• Knowledge transfer and R&D policies

Three Docs and a Dame will perform during the CSPC reception

The first day of the CSPC is concluded by a music performance. David Bell (Bassist), Dr. Lorne Tepperman (Keyboardist) and Dr. Nelles Van Loon (Guitarist) who have all perfectly balanced their academic and artistic lives and are joined together with professional musician and songwriter Patricia Duffy (vocalist) to form the ‘Three Docs and Dame’ ensemble. The performance will be during the evening reception on Wednesday night November 20th, from 8:20 to 9:20pm.

The Canadian War on Science

By:  Chris Turner - An excerpt from the book 'The War on Science'

"If you look at the impacts of Bill C-38 and its policy cohort on environmental science, the agenda's real aims become all too clear. From the freshwater lakes of the ELA to the High Arctic  monitored by PEARL to the coastal waters where the Department of Fisheries and Oceans does its data-gathering to the creeks and rivers once protected by the Navigable Waters Act, the Harper agenda has steadily diminished the government's capacity to analyze and assess the health of the natural world. (The elimination of the long-form census has had a similar impact on the social sciences.)

The Health Effects of Conducted Energy Weapons / Effets sur la santé de l’utilisation des armes à impulsions

The use of conducted energy weapons (CEWs) by law enforcement agencies around the world has grown rapidly in recent years. CEWs are devices that use electrical energy to induce pain or to immobilize or incapacitate a person. The health effects of CEWs are one of several factors that police and correctional agencies, policy-makers, and front-line personnel must take into account when deciding whether such devices should be used in the field.