Shortly after naming a new Cabinet lacking a science or innovation minster, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative premier Doug Ford has reportedly fired the province’s first chief scientist, Dr Molly Shoichet.
Organization: Office of the National Science Advisor
Dr Mona Nemer’s appointment as federal chief science advisor (CSA) is receiving rave reviews in science and policy circles. But it has also reignited the debate over whether the new position will represent a significant improvement over past efforts to advise government on important scientific issues, and how this advice will feed into decision making.
The Office of the National Science Advisor (NSA) is being transferred to Industry Canada from the Privy Council Office (PCO) as part of a reorganization that will see several PCO-based secretariats moved to other departments. The transfer was announced in an internal email sent May 11 by PCO clerk Kevin Lynch. In the letter, Lynch…