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Petition in Support of the SSHRC

NDP's Niki Ashton has launched a petition in support of the SSHRC:

The Federal Budget presented on January 27th contains a sentence that has the potential to halt this kind of research: “Scholarships granted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will be focused on business-related degrees”.


These measures are backward and insulting to the thousands of Canadians that are students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities.


THEREFORE, we petitioners are calling upon the government to remove this sentence from the 2009 Budget and ensure that SSHRC funding not be allocated to one specific discipline but to the range of studies in the social sciences and humanities.

You can get a summary of the SSHRC's work here, and sign the petition here, if you are so inclined.

p.s. There is a Facebook group to join as well if that's more your speed.

p.p.s. Daniel Lemire notes that the government is also cutting back on science funding.