Canada may use satellites, not farmers, to measure crop size Publish Date: 10-SEP-2013 01:18 PM Statistics Canada may scrap one of its annual farmer surveys on crop yields in favor of a report that uses satellite data to estimate production. Statscan, the national statistical agency, said the satellite data was producing increasingly similar results to its September farmer survey on yields of wheat, canola and other crops, and the change would help meet cost-cutting goals. Axing the September farmer survey would be the latest in a series of changes to how the Canadian government calculates data for the agricultural sector in Canada, which is the world's biggest canola grower and No. 6 wheat producer.
L’agence d’inspection des aliments n’enquêtera plus sur les cas d’anthrax (French) Publish Date: 09-JUN-2013 08:23 AM L'anthrax, qui peut entraîner la mort de bovins, de bisons ainsi que d'autres animaux de pâturage, et dans de rares cas, d'humains, ne sera plus surveillée par l'Agence canadienne d'inspection des aliments, qui estime que cette responsabilité revient plutôt aux producteurs de bétail. Ainsi, l'ACIA n'enquêtera plus sur les fermes infectées par l'anthrax, ne mettra plus en quarantaine ou ne recueillera des échantillons pour des fins d'analyse. Le bétail ne sera plus vacciné par ses soins et aucune aide financière ne sera dorénavant apportée aux producteurs pour se débarrasser des carcasses d'animaux infectés.
Canadian agriculture cuts have global consequences: dean Publish Date: 31-MAY-2013 03:44 PM Recent government cuts to Agriculture Canada could have a major global impact, particularly if the world population — and its appetite — continues to grow, said the dean of one of Canada’s top agriculture faculties. John Kennelly, dean of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences, said the government’s decision to cut back on agricultural research comes at a time of a global food shortage.There is an international demand for more food, especially from major agriculture exporters like Canada, he said.
Science dealt another blow Publish Date: 11-MAY-2013 08:39 AM While the specific impacts of the federal government's announcement that some 700 employees may lose their jobs at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada labs and farms remain unknown, there should be no illusion that Saskatchewan will escape unscathed.
Saskatoon continues to host a major Agriculture Canada research facility on the university campus, but it isn't only through the potential loss of jobs that the pain will be felt. For more than 126 years, Agriculture Canada research has helped to make Canada, and Saskatchewan in particular, among the world's most important food-producing regions.
Research council’s makeover leaves Canadian industry setting the agenda Publish Date: 07-MAY-2013 08:40 AM The National Research Council, which gave the country canola and the atomic clock, will now be taking its scientific cues from Canadian industry as part of a makeover of the country’s flagship research labs.
The overhaul, quietly begun two years ago and formally unveiled Tuesday, means the 97-year-old NRC will focus on a clutch of large-scale, business-driven research projects at the expense of the basic science that was once at its core. The Conservative government says it wants to leverage the NRC’s world-class resources – everything from wind tunnels and ice tanks to high-powered microscopes – to help reverse the country’s chronically lagging innovation performance.
Canada losing ground in environmental and resource science, report says Publish Date: 26-SEP-2012 09:43 AM Canada is no longer a powerhouse in environmental and natural resources science, according to a comprehensive report to be released Thursday. “The overall decline in these fields is real,” reports a blue-ribbon panel asked by the federal government to assess the state of Canada’s science and technology.
It says the country continues to excel in health sciences and information and communications technologies and many other fields, but is losing ground in natural resources and environmental sciences, which were considered two of the country’s top four scientific strengths in 2006.
Carole Brodeur (French) Publish Date: 20-JUL-2010 01:05 PM Carole Brodeur works at the Food Research and Development Centre located in the Agri-food Science Park in Saint-Hyacinthe, QC.
Federal Scientists Don’t Feel They Can Speak Out, Even If Public Health and Safety at Risk
Publish Date: 21-OCT-2013 10:58 AM
The results of the first extensive survey on the actual scale and impact of muzzling and political interference among federal government scientists are in, and they are even more damning of the Harper government – and more worrying for science and the public interest – than at first feared.
Between June 5 and 19, 2013, invitations to participate in an online survey on science and the federal public service (conducted by Environics) were sent to 15,398 federal scientists who are PIPSC members, of which 4,069 participated. The results of the survey, outlined in a report published today titled The Big Chill: Silencing Public Interest Science, A Survey, are considered accurate + or - 1.6%, 19 times out of 20.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s environment minister is casting doubt about scientific observations of melting summer sea ice in Canada’s north. In a short televised interview on CTV’s daily political show, Power Play, Leona Aglukkaq suggested that scientific observations were not as important as the Harper government’s priorities in its new role as chair of a group of Arctic nations. When asked whether the ice was melting in the Arctic, considered by climate scientists to be part of the evidence of global warming, Aglukkaq said there may or may not be changes underway.
It's as clear and chilling a statement of intent as you're likely to read. Scientists should be "the voice of reason, rather than dissent, in the public arena". Professor Ian Boyd, chief scientific adviser at the UK's Department for Environment. Boyd's doctrine is a neat distillation of government policy in Britain, Canada and Australia. These governments have suppressed or misrepresented inconvenient findings on climate change, pollution, pesticides, fisheries and wildlife. They have shut down programmes that produce unwelcome findings and sought to muzzle scientists. This is a modern version of Soviet Lysenkoism: crushing academic dissent on behalf of bad science and corporate power.