Seen and Heard: ‘Silence of the Labs’ Screening

Jordann Thirgood In January, the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto hosted a public screening of “Silence of the Labs” in collaboration with Evidence for Democracy (E4D), a non-partisan organization that advocates for transparency and evidence-based decision-making in public policy. Since then, E4D has continued to screen the film across the…

Canadian Research Policy: Retrenchment or Realignment?

Adina Serbanescu I recently had the opportunity to attend Social Planning Toronto’s July Research and Policy Forum entitled ‘Austerity or Ideology?’ Although the tagline could aptly encapsulate several recent policy changes, the SPT Forum focused on the upsurge of funding cuts and caps to research, and the realignment of priorities around research at both the…

The Conservative Nanny State?

By now, anyone who is not living under a rock, knows that the decision to eliminate the long-census form has lobotomized the government and made public policy a mystical, maudlin, and moralistic guessing game rather than an objective evidence-based undertaking. Many compelling arguments regarding this sad outcome have been made and are firmly grasped by…