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1. Are you associated with any pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, or professional or industry groups?
1. Are you associated with pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, or professional or industry groups?
Bad Science Watch is a wholly independent organisation and is committed only to defending science in public policy and the media. Any apparent vested interests by executives, officers, advisors or advocates are thoroughly investigated prior to the approval as a volunteer or representative of Bad Science Watch to ensure the organisation does not even appear to be speaking for third-party interests. If it appears that a potential conflict of interest has been missed, please do not hesitate to inform us.
2. Is Bad Science Watch affiliated with any other political or activist organizations?
Bad Science Watch maintains no affiliations with any other organizations. While individual volunteers with Bad Science Watch may be involved with other political, activist, or community groups, all applying volunteers are carefully vetted to ensure no conflict of interest exists.
3. What is “sound science”?
Sound science refers to a consensus of experts and a weight of evidence accumulated over time using the best practices of the scientific method, particularly high quality, peer-reviewed and replicated tests.
4. What constitutes “bad science”?
Bad science comes in the form of the media’s frequent misreporting and exaggeration of the results of scientific studies; laws and regulations being devised based on selective interpretation of data; and even plain fabrication and fraud in advertising and industry.
Bad science (sometimes called “pseudoscience”) also describes claims that are made using scientific jargon or presented as being scientific, but in reality lack support and plausibility or are untestable. For example, the scientific words “quantum” and “energy” are often used incorrectly and out of context by people describing practices like homeopathy or therapeutic touch. These pseudoscientific practices are often promoted with unreliable or flimsy evidence such as anecdotes and testimonials, instead of rigorous scientific studies.
5. How does Bad Science Watch obtain its funding?
Bad Science Watch currently obtains its funding in the form of private donations made by members of the public who support our work and goals. Donations from the public sector, non-profit foundations, and corporations may also be accepted where they do not represent a conflict of interest. Any such donors will be listed publicly on our website.
6. What do you do with the donations you receive?
All donations are used to support our activism and research projects, and to pay for ongoing operational costs. Operational costs include organisational tools such as project management, communications, and fundraising software, and business expenses such as insurance, accounting and mailing costs.
Bad Science Watch is developing both 5- and 10-year growth plans that include the hiring of an Executive Director, a Director of Communications and a Director of Development in the medium term, and individual project facilitators in the long term. We are committed to becoming the preeminent force in Canada for countering bad science and preventing the exploitation of Canadians, with an emphasis on stability and professionalism.
8. What is Bad Science Watch’s legal and tax status?
9. Can I receive a tax receipt for my donation to Bad Science Watch?
10. Are you seeking charitable status?
Bad Science Watch is not seeking to become a charity as that would be preclude us from focusing our resources on activism and political work. Under Canadian law, a charity may only use up to 10% of its resources for activities that the Canada Revenue Agency considers political.