The NSIS recently received a letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on November 26, 2013. This letters follows from correspondence started in 2012 when the NSIS wrote letters to the government highlighting its concerns regarding environmental aspects of Bill C38 and the media control of federal scientists. This correspondence can be followed in a previous blog.
The Nova Scotian Institute of Science would like to invite you to the Sable Island Update- Ninth Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at the Theatre Auditorium, McNally Building, Saint Mary’s University Campus
This includes talks about research, island activities, and the Sable Island National Park Reserve, followed by a Question & Answer session, and Reception.
Speakers include:Timothy Frasier, Biology Department, Saint Mary’s University; Zoe Lucas, naturalist and Sable Island resident, and a Parks Canada representative.
The meeting has been organized by the Friends of the Green Horse Society and the Ecology Action Centre, and is co-hosted by Saint Mary’s University, the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and the Nova Scotian Institute of Science.
Thomas Rand (NSIS President), Saint Mary’s University, will chair the meeting.
There is no charge for this event. To view the program and for more information about Sable Island go to: www.GreenHorseSociety.com.
The Nova Scotian Institute of Science is partnering to present the following lecture.
The Situating Science national Strategic Knowledge Cluster, the Evolution Studies Group and Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability along with the Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association (ARPA), Nova Scotian Institute of Science (NSIS), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), and the Friends of the Halifax Common are pleased to invite you to join us for a free public evening lecture by science and democracy expert, Dr. Philip Kitcher.
CAN WE SUSTAIN DEMOCRACY, AND THE PLANET TOO?
Examining Scientific Expertise in Public Life
Dr. Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Thursday 3 October 2013 at 7 PM
Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave., Halifax, NS
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW LECTURE
Poster available at:
Live streamed at:
In most democratic nations, Dr. Kitcher argues, there is little popular support for the measures that are urgently needed to limit global warming. This raises provocative questions for us as citizens: How do democratic ideals shape the living conditions of our descendants? How should the institutions and procedures that exemplify democratic ideals change? How do we better understand the relationship between expertise and
democracy, climate science and society?
The Institute is delighted to announce the names of the winner and students receiving an honourable mention in the 2013 Student Science Writing Competition.
NSIS has highlighted its concerns regarding environmental aspects of Bill C38 and the media control of federal scientists in a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June 13, 2012. Copies were sent to Prime Minister Harper, Environment Minister Peter Kent, the Leader of the Opposition, the NDP Critics for Fisheries and Oceans and for the Environment, and Leaders of the Liberal and Green Parties. In January 2013, the NSIS received a letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in response to the letter sent to the Prime Minister in 2012.
The NSIS Council responded to the letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on May 3, 2013. On May 29, 2013, the NSIS Council sent another letter to the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans regarding our concerns about environmental aspects of Bill C38 and the media control of federal scientists.
The Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Lecture of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science were held on Monday 6th May 2013 at the Great Hall, University Club, Dalhousie University, Halifax.