We had eight fantastic speakers at our Queen's Park rally, listed below in their speaking order. Where available, we've provided links to their speeches.
MC: Rupinder Brar
Rupinder Brar is a Senior Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He was born and raised in the greater Toronto area and completed his PhD in Astrophysics at Queen’s University. He takes an active role in science outreach and public education. He gives public lectures, to a wide variety of groups locally and abroad, and appears on TV and in other media as a physics and astronomy educator and expert. Rupinder has won numerous awards for his teaching including TVO’s Ontario’s Best Lecturer.
Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, where she researches the lifecycle and impact of plastic debris in aquatic habitats. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. Chelsea served as an expert witness during hearings for AB-888, a California state bill to ban plastic microbeads. This bill passed with bipartisan support, inspiring similar efforts elsewhere. Her wide-ranging community and media outreach demonstrate her firm belief that scientific evidence should inform policy.
John Dupuis is currently a science and engineering librarian at York University’s Steacie Library. Since 2013, he has been using his librarian superpowers to keep track of how governments are ignoring scientific and other evidence in their decision making or attacking science and the environment in their policies, first with the Stephen Harper Conservatives here in Canada and now Donald Trump in the USA. He blogs at Confessions of a Science Librarian and tweets at @dupuisj.
Josh Matlow is a community advocate and Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul's. He was co-director of Toronto-based Earthroots, an environmental NGO that was instrumental in protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine from development. As previous St. Paul’s School Trustee, he advocated for improvements in sustainability, governance, and community consultation. During his first year as a City Councillor, his weekly City Hall Diary column was published in the Toronto Star. He has long been a champion of environmental initiatives, open communication with community stakeholders, and evidence-based policy.
Aadita Chaudhury is a PhD student at York University. Her research interests include the anthropology and philosophy of biology and the ecological sciences, cartography, postcolonial and feminist STS, politics of forensics, and environmental and medical humanities. She has researched the significance of patient narratives in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, and previously interned with the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris. She also served as a science writer and editor for Technology and Engineering with Science Borealis.
Eden Hennessey is a data-driven artist and activist completing a PhD in Social Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Eden researches diversity promotion and discrimination reduction and transforms findings into thought-provoking photo-research exhibits (#DistractinglySexist and #DistractinglyHonest). She is inspired by her ongoing work with the Laurier Centre for Women in Science (WinS), and she and her sister Skye co-founded the social movement #49minimarches. Connect with her on Twitter @EdenHennessey.
Dawn Martin-Hill (Mohawk, Wolf Clan) holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and is a co-founder of the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University. Her research aims to maintain the integrity of Indigenous knowledge, methodologies and global traditional healing practices for diverse Indigenous populations. She has published a peer reviewed book, The Lubicon Lake Nation: Indigenous Knowledge and Power, as well as numerous chapters and technical papers. Her community work includes successful mediation between Six Nations and McMaster Sick Kids stakeholders to improve health services in First Nations communities.
Cody Looking Horse
Cody Looking Horse is Haudenosaunee and Lakota. His Sioux mother is Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill, Mohawk Anthropologist, and his father is Lakota, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, belonging to both Cheyenne River Reservation and Six Nations. He is a representative of the Standing Rock Youth Council and journeyed to Standing Rock twice to protect the waters from the proposed pipeline (see page 34). He is currently finishing high school at Turning Point: his education has been immersed in Indigenous knowledge.
Dr. Tanya Harrison is currently a Research Scientist at Arizona State University working in mission operations and geology for Mars. She received her Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science from the University of Western Ontario. She is also an active science communicator, writing for outlets such as The Planetary Society, Astronomy Magazine, Slate, and The Globe and Mail.
Went to the march on April 22? Not sure what to do next? Here you can find media coverage of the march, and we'll be adding information on how to get involved with science in your area soon.
- Five reasons to support the March for Science (NOW Magazine, April 18)
- Science: It Works Baby! (audio) (The Green Majority episode #551, CIUT, April 21; starts around 18:35)
- Marching for Science Internationally (Inside Higher Ed, April 21)
- Torontonians march for science on Earth Day (Toronto Star, April 22)
- Advocates rally in global show of support for science (The Globe and Mail, April 22)
- Canadians march for science from coast to coast (CTV News, April 22)
- Why Scientists in Canada Are Marching Against Trump, Too (VICE Motherboard, April 22)
- Should Scientists Be Marching for Science? (The Walrus, April 22)
- Global March for Science raises concern over Trump policies (CBC News, April 22)
- Canada’s complicated history with scientific freedom (Global News, April 23)
SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE
Toronto joined over 600 marches and rallies around the world, including many across Canada, on April 22, 2017. Thousands of scientists, educators, students, engineers, parents, children, science communicators, and science enthusiasts of all backgrounds marched with us to make it clear: science will not be silenced.
The March for Science was an unprecedented gathering of citizens and scientists standing together to champion science that serves the common good, and the indispensable role it plays in our lives and communities. Toronto marched both in solidarity with Washington DC and in response to threats to — and opportunities for — Canadian science. Our aims were to:
- advocate for science integrity: the process of scientific research should be free from politically-motivated vetting / filtering
- advocate for evidence-based policymaking
- promote better and more inclusive science / STEM education
- celebrate Canadian scientists
The following local and national organizations endorse March for Science Toronto.
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The broader March for Science movement maintains a list of their sponsors, partners, and supporters, which you can view on their website.
SCHEDULE AND ROUTE
These documents contain information on March for Science Toronto plans, policies, and guiding principles.
- Human Rights Code: our commitment to making March for Science Toronto a safe, inclusive, and diverse place to show your support for science.
- Press Release: overview of March for Science Toronto's plans and objectives.
- Accessibility Plan (working draft) : our plans to meet accessibility needs for the march and rally.
- Flyer (black and white version) : for posting on public signage boards and other locations.
SUPPORT VISIONS OF SCIENCE
Our T-shirt campaign is finished! Thanks to your generous support, we sold 250 t-shirts, completely covering our march costs. Any extra money from our T-shirt campaign will be donated to Visions of Science, a Toronto-based charity that promotes STEM education in low-income and marginalized communities.
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MARCH ORGANIZING TEAM
Virve Aljas currently works with Physician leaders in Ontario. In 2010, Virve founded Nerd Nite Toronto. She is an active supporter of the local science community, and volunteers with multiple organizations, with an emphasis on cancer research, and Crohn’s and colitis awareness.
Website, Media Contact
Evan Savage is a consulting software developer and entrepreneur. He currently consults with Intel Labs on tools to teach data literacy through interactive visualization. As Savage Internet, he and Valkyrie design augmented reality educational games.
Tim Ellis is a writer, musician, and community organizer. Based out of Toronto, his work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and other publications. He recently worked as a staffer with Bernie Sanders primary campaign and as the lead coordinator for the Rock Against the TPP tour. He is the founder and director of Progress Champions.
Jesiqua Rapley (M.A.) is a research coordinator at Holland Bloorview Kid’s Rehab Hospital where she works on projects involving quality of care, health care transitions, and engagement in youth with disabilities. Jesiqua is also a part time instructor in the Psychology department at Trent University and she is the creator of a Mental Health Education Program.
Dan is a scientist, educator, and advocate for evidence-based decision making. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. (U of T, Dept. of Physics) and is a member of Evidence for Democracy’s board of directors.
Margrit Eichler is Professor emerita of Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE/UT. Her publications range across feminist methodology, gender issues, public health, and environmental issues. Since retirement, she has served various organizations, including as Secretary of Science for Peace and as President of the advocacy group Our Right to Know.
Valkyrie holds a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. Her thesis research revolved around 3D printing and other digital fabrication. She now works somewhere between a UI/UX designer and a developer, collaborating with Evan as Savage Internet, where they design educational games.
Elliann is a Project Manager with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, developing a province-wide pathology research network. Elliann has worked in clinical trials, patient engagement and national government healthcare projects. She also founded SciCommTO: a volunteer-led group engaging the public with science in Toronto.
Dawn Bazely is professor of Biology at York University. She directed the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) for 7 years, until 2014. Dawn and her students study plant-animal interactions, from temperate to arctic regions, along with invasive species, climate change impacts, forest dynamics, and fungal endophytes of grasses. She also carries out research into the science-policy-politics interface.