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Molly Shoichet, Ontario’s first chief scientist, was fired by the provinces newly elected premier, Doug Ford. (Roberta Baker/University of Toronto)

Who needs science advice anyway? Governments, for one

Governments lean on science advisers for guidance on increasingly complex issues of great concern, including oil and gas development, drug legalization, water quality and the environment.
A president’s science advisor is traditionally a close confidant. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

How does a US president settle on his science policy?

Innovation is a huge part of economic growth – and the White House needs to be well-informed on science and tech issues when setting goals and budgets. Here’s how presidents get up to speed.

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