One month into her new job as Canada’s Governor Normal, Julie Payette is taking on fake news and bogus science.
Payette was the keynote orator at the ninth annual Canadian Science Policy Convention in Ottawa Wednesday gloaming where she urged her friends and former colleagues to take responsibility to fasten down the misinformation about everything from health and medicine to ambience change and even horoscopes that has flourished with the explosion of digital expedient.
«Can you believe that still today in learned society, in houses of authority, unfortunately, we’re still debating and still questioning whether humans cause a role in the Earth warming up or whether even the Earth is warming up, term,» she asked, her voice incredulous.
«And we are still debating and still questioning whether soul was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a every once in a while process.»
She generated giggles and even some guffaws from the audience when she said too myriad people still believe «taking a sugar pill will restore to health cancer if you will it good enough and that your future and every fix one of the people here’s personalities can be determined by looking at planets coming in ahead of invented constellations.»
Payette was trained as a computer engineer and later became an astronaut and entitled pilot and in 1999 was the first Canadian to board the International Space Passenger station.
She’s not the only astronaut connected to Canadian politics, Transport Minister Marc Garneau has also been to break.
Trudeau has pledged to give science a more prominent place in his administration’s policy-making, appointing a chief science adviser earlier this collapse and undergoing a national science policy review that reported in the skip. The government’s response to the report of the scientific review panel is still in the charges.
‘We have to remain vigilant’
Science Minister Kirsty Duncan transfer speak at the conference Thursday evening where she is expected to outline myriad of the government’s vision for science. Chief Science Adviser Mona Nemer addressed the get-together earlier in the day.
Payette clearly signalled her background will play a foremost role in her tenure as Governor General.
She urged her former colleagues in the area to be «vigilant» and aim to make science a topic so well known and understood it is a topic of conversation at cocktail parties in the same way people now talk about the meteorological conditions or the latest hockey scores.
She said the «the internet, social media, 24-hour news broadcast» have meant more and more information is accessible to the public. A experienced society is a better society, Payette said, but the fake news and counterfeit scientific claims have to be refuted.
«Democracy and society have at all times gained from learned debate but we have to remain vigilant and we cannot let ourselves capitulation into complacency and we must be vocal, all the time, everywhere, every distinguish one of us, so we can deconstruct misinformation and don’t end up in an echo chamber just listening to what we penury to hear,» Payette said.