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Reports of this blog’s death have been greatly exaggerated

Lack of posting here nothwithstanding, I’ve been writing over at Science Borealis. This week I wrote about three of Canada’s major collaborative physics facilities (TRIUMF, SNOLAB, and the Canadian Light Source), and back in December (eek) I wrote about the Dunlap Observatory. I’m hoping to get back to blogging at least semi regularly here within the foreseeaable future — got some interesting things to write about!

iPolitics Article Arguing for Scientists in Cabinet

I’ve got an article up today on iPolitics about why I think we need cabinet members with scientific backgrounds in the science-based portfolios. To be crystal clear, I don’t think that cabinet members in science-based portfolios who don’t have science backgrounds are automatically ineffective or ill-informed — there have been lots of effective ministers and critics without science backgrounds. However, I think having scientific expertise in Cabinet brings an important and often underrepresented perspective to the table, and given how climate change is affecting many aspects of Canadians’ lives, evidence-based science policy is becoming imperative.