100 people brave storm for March for Science rally

Research essential to better lives, participants say

Although the Toronto weather called for ice rain and snow in the forecast, that didn’t stop about 100 people from showing their support at the 2018 March for Science on Apr. 14.  

Through the wind, rain, and numerous umbrellas, several speakers and scientific activists at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday morning raised their voice about creating a more science-engaged society. 

“Research is absolutely essential to our medicine, to live better, and to have longevity in life,” Cree Comanita, who works at the Krembil Research Institute at Toronto Weston Hospital, said in an interview.  

Asked what the March for Science movement means to her,  Comanita replied: “It means my life.”  

Although she’s been in the science field for 20 years, this was her first time attending the march.

“I love feeling the vibe of the crowd,”Comanita said. “Although it’s not a big one, they are people with a big heart and good intentions.”  

Speakers at the event included Dr. Marianne Mader, a space scientist at the Royal Ontario Museum and co-founder of Steam Labs.

Dr. Mader said being a mother of a four-year-old reminds her to be cautious of her child’s curious mind and what this curiosity can do for science.  

“I am marching today because I believe that a curious mind is a scientific mind,” Dr. Mader said.  

Dr. Mader stressed the importance of supporting the funding of not only basic science research, but also science communication. She said members of the public can contribute by helping research facilities collect data and statistics.