March for Science in Vancouver!

Issue Overview

Science, not silence!

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.


On April 22, 2017, we will walk out of our labs, out of our homes,

and into the streets to support our scientists.

We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.

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Speakers & Schedule

10:00a | March starts at Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza
11:00a | Arrive at Science World, speakers begin on stage
11:10a | Dr. Scott Sampson: Paleontologist & CEO of Science World
11:20a | Carnival Band
11:30a | Aline LaFlamme: pipe carrier, Sundancer, drum maker, traditional healer, therapist, and workshop facilitator
11:40a | Dr. Catherine Anderson: Clinical Associate Professor @ UBC (Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine)
11:50a | Ian Bushfield: Executive Director of BC Humanists Association
12:00p | Erin A’tman Ryan: Research Coordinator with the BC SPCA & proud member of the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation
12:10p | Curtis Chou: science slam poet, BSc in Ecology/BEd, secondary school science teacher
12:15p | Dr. Abby Schwartz: Marine biologist & founding member of SCWIST
12:25p | Armin Mortazavi: Science cartoonist, BSc in Microbiology/Master's in Digital Media
12:35p | Dr Amy Lubik, founder of the Queensland University of Technology chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, researches hormone interactions in prostate cancer.
12:45p | Dr Shirin Kalyan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the Director of Scientific Innovation at Qu Biologics.
12:55p | Closing words

March Route

Start: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

End: Creekside Park (near Science World)

The start and end of the march are located near accessible transit hubs (Stadium Chinatown Station and Main Street-Science World Station, respectively). The march will be taking place on closed roads, with all roads having sidewalks. The full march route is 1.9 km. The terrain on some of the sidewalks is uneven, particularly in the sections along Hamilton and Pender streets at the beginning of the route. The roads are overall much smoother. The grade of the route includes a 1 meter elevation gain, and an overall 27 meter elevation descent. 

The steepest sections are: 

  1. The beginning of the route from Hamilton at Dunsmuir to Hamilton at Pender, with this section being a 3.7% downward grade.
  2. Along Pender, with this section being a 3% grade downward.

There are benches and rest spots along the route.

Assistive animals are welcome, and the last half of the march route includes relief areas for assistive animals.

Those wishing to omit the march portion of the event can arrive at the Science World/Creekside Park rally point to act as a welcoming party for the incoming marchers.

The park area where our speakers will be is open, and blankets or small chairs can be placed on the ground. There are benches and cement risers at the east end of the park. 

The nearest accessible washroom is located at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre, which is located 450 metres away. These are publicly accessible and fully accessible to assistive devices, wheelchairs, and power scooters.

Parking:

Larwill Park: Parking lot across the street from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre between West Georgia and Dunsmuir Street; entrance off Cambie Street

Vancouver Public Library: Underground lot between West Georgia and Robson Street; entrance off Hamilton Street

Accessible parking:

Available at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade with an accessible parking decal on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number available to reserve.

Public transit:

Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station: on Dunsmuir Street one block east of the theatre
Main Street-Science World Skytrain station: at Main St. and Terminal Ave, near Science World
Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station: on West Georgia Street five blocks west of the theatre

Washrooms:

There will be port-a-potties on site at Science World. Other public washrooms are located at:
- False Creek Community Centre
- International Village Mall (the facility the Cineplex is located in, on West Pender)
- Andy Livingston park (southeast corner, on the Expo Blvd side)

 


What you should bring on the day of the March:

- layered clothing
- rain jacket
- umbrella (be careful not to hit other marchers!)
- comfortable walking shoes
- cash (preferred by us) or credit card for merch/anything else you need
- sunscreen/sunglasses for sensitive skin and eyes
- compass card/transit pass
- phone and/or camera
- snack
- water!
- a little bag/backpack for carrying your things
- YOUR EXCITEMENT!!
- a funky sign (look for ideas on this page, in our Facebook group, or online)
- lab goggles, lab coat, fun science shirts/sweaters, etc.


Acknowledgement

This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.