CPI wins Space Agency contract
Publish Date: 21-AUG-2014 03:38 PM
A Georgetown-based company has been awarded a $3.3 million contract to develop a satellite radar component that will play a key role in the first-ever global survey of surface water. Communications and Power Industries Canada Inc. (CPI Canada) will receive the funds from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) it was announced Monday on behalf of Minister of Industry James Moore by Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong who both toured the Georgetown company. Also on the tour was CSA President Walter Natynczyk.  
Refugee claimants struggling to find health care after cuts
Publish Date: 17-AUG-2014 01:45 PM
Two years ago, the Conservative government made cuts to refugee health care, arguing it would deter “bogus” refugees from coming to Canada and save taxpayers $100-million over five years. The cuts drew outrage from many refugee advocates, doctors, lawyers, and some provinces that found themselves footing the bill. Last month, a Federal Court ruling called the measure “cruel and unusual treatment” and found “no persuasive evidence” the cuts reduced claims and costs. 
Labour force error not related to cuts: StatsCan
Publish Date: 15-AUG-2014 01:44 PM
Statistics Canada says ongoing budget cuts played no part in the “human error” that resulted in a significant miscalculation in their latest jobs report. The census agency, which was off by almost 42,000 jobs in its July Labour Force Survey, has been asked to find more than $33 million in annual savings as a result of Conservatives’ 2012 budget. But Sylvie Michaud, StatsCan’s director general of education, labour and income statistics, said the error was not due to a lack of funding.  
University crowdfunding by the numbers – a first look at the data
Publish Date: 14-AUG-2014 01:19 PM
A growing number of universities are setting up their own crowdfunding portals as a way of increasing alumni engagement, recruiting new donors, nurturing a culture of philanthropy on campus, and boosting home-grown innovation. As I’ve argued before, crowdfunding by faculty to support their research is particularly well suited to meeting these objectives. 
Canada scrambled for data to back North Pole claims, documents show
Publish Date: 13-AUG-2014 10:15 AM
Federal bureaucrats were left scrambling to find more data to support the Conservative government’s controversial claim to the North Pole last December, according to internal documents. The documents reveal the federal government rushed through a $7-million icebreaker upgrade earlier this year to gather more data to back the Conservatives’ claims. 
Evangeline Lilly : It’s My Job To Stand Up for Canadian Scientist
Publish Date: 08-AUG-2014 09:40 AM
Lilly first heard about the defunding and muzzling of Canada’s federal scientists when she was reading DeSmog Canada just over a year ago. In a spate of funding cuts, the federal government eliminated some of Canada’s most prestigious scientific institutions, to the dismay of scientists and Canadians across the country. And since the Harper government has been in power, strict communications protocols have prevented scientists from speaking with the public about their research, limiting public awareness of taxpayer-funded science. 
Ebola test drug has roots in Canada’s national lab
Publish Date: 05-AUG-2014 08:17 AM
Canadian research is at the heart of an experimental Ebola therapy recently given to two American aid workers infected while caring for patients in Liberia. Two of the monoclonal antibodies are the product of years of research done at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, the agency confirmed in an email late Monday. The Winnipeg lab and a number of other facilities have been working for years to produce Ebola and Marburg interventions. But lack of funding and regulatory hurdles had prevented these experimental tools from being used in outbreaks up until now. 
Lack of scientific R&D funding will leave Canada in the dust
Publish Date: 01-AUG-2014 08:12 AM
Scientific research and development is not a luxury for modern, industrialized countries such as Canada. It’s a necessity that we ignore at our peril. Without it, innovation and new discoveries suffer – and we risk being left behind in an increasingly competitive global economy. Canada falls well behind most other wealthy nations on total spending on research and development. Without solid participation from both governments and businesses, Canadian innovation from scientific research will continue to lag. And that, no doubt, will leave Canada in the dust. 
Ebola outbreak : WHO launches $100M plan as death toll tops 700
Publish Date: 31-JUL-2014 08:59 AM
The World Health Organization is launching a $100-million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that has killed 729 people out of 1,323 infected since February, the agency said on Thursday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said his agency is stepping up its response to the outbreak and will send an additional 50 health experts to assist with efforts to control the outbreak. Canada's Public Health Agency is not taking that step just yet, instead recommending travellers practise special precautions, such as getting extra vaccinations. According to its online travel notice, the risk of infection is low for most travellers 
IMF calls for green shift with 52% gas hike in Canada
Publish Date: 31-JUL-2014 08:16 AM
The International Monetary Fund says Canada and other countries can improve their economies and environment by hiking energy taxes — while cutting them on people and capital. In a new book, Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice, the IMF essentially endorses policies — at times advocated by the federal Liberals and NDP — calling for what some have termed a "green shift" in the taxation system. The Conservative government, however, has rejected carbon taxes. 
The starving of Canadian science
Publish Date: 31-JUL-2014 08:10 AM
Not many are aware of the way science is funded, conducted and taught in Canada, and how this has deteriorated over the years to such an extent that this is going to pose a serious problem for the future generations to come. Successive governments have over the years given more money to companies at the cost of stagnation in funding for fundamental research. The approach has been ill conceived, as it is the fundamental research that opens up new avenues, which are then taken over by the biotech sector for knowledge translation. 
Canada nearing crossroads on mega telescope project
Publish Date: 29-JUL-2014 08:09 AM
An international effort to build an enormous telescope in Hawaii that would see to the limits of the known universe has taken an important step forward, a signal that the Harper government will have to decide soon if Canadian astronomers will have a share in the instrument’s future discoveries. 
Company blames CSA for some cost overruns
Publish Date: 28-JUL-2014 10:34 AM
The company involved in the building of a made-in-Canada asteroid hunting satellite says an audit that was critical of the project was more about deflecting blame for the Canadian Space Agency's handling of the project than about understanding any problems. Space firm MSCI said the challenges with the satellite project, some of which were identified in the audit, weren't a result of a lack of experience on its part. Rather, the company argues, the problems with the project started with poorly written system requirements that lacked specifics. It said members of the CSA who tried to mentor MSCI - as the audit suggested they should - generally got in the way. 
Solar power surging to forefront of Canadian energy
Publish Date: 26-JUL-2014 10:11 AM
The Newboro project is part of a solar building boom under way across Ontario this summer, with construction crews active on about two dozen large solar projects. They will add to the more than 70 large solar farms already up and running all over the province. While that puts Canada among the top 10 countries of the world when it comes to the amount of solar installed, the planned and operational solar farms will contribute only about 1 per cent of Ontario’s power. Still, combined with other renewables such as wind, it is helping the province to wean itself away from fossil fuels, and close its coal-fired power plants. 
Chicken farmers get fed funding for disease control research
Publish Date: 24-JUL-2014 08:10 AM
A new research project aims to reduce the need for antibiotics in broiler chickens. The project, run by the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan and co-financed with $275,000 in federal funding, will focus on disease control in the Saskatchewan broiler chicken industry. Its aim is to identify and characterize new variants of the avian reovirus and determine how they are transmitted. It also aims to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) in field trials.  
Charities may be asked for donor lists under CRA proposal floated by minister
Publish Date: 23-JUL-2014 09:49 AM
Canadian charities would have to turn over lists of their donors’ identities to the Canada Revenue Agency under a proposal being floated by the Conservative government. The move is touted as a way to prevent tax-receipt fraud, but some charities are wary of the administrative burden — and the potential close surveillance of groups that criticize government policies. 
Conservative government censored memo on environmental group
Publish Date: 23-JUL-2014 09:45 AM
The Harper government heavily censored a memo showing the effectiveness of a non-partisan environmental group that had its funding axed, documents show. The government initially released the censored memo, sent to former environment minister Peter Kent, following a request through access to information legislation. It later released some of the censored passages following a complaint that prompted an investigation by the office of the federal information commissioner. 
Pen Canada, Freedom of Expression Charity Supported by Margaret Atwood and Yann Martel, to Undergo Political Activity Audit
Publish Date: 23-JUL-2014 08:00 AM
Pen Canada, a Canadian charity that fights for freedom of expression and represents more than 1,000 writers and supports is the latest group identified for a political-activities audit by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).The group has been a vocal opponent of some of the Harper government’s recent policies, including the muzzling of federal scientists and the alleged surveillance of Canadian citizens as revealed through the Edward Snowden leaks. 
Federal health cuts hurt refugees claimants
Publish Date: 20-JUL-2014 01:27 PM
Ottawa’s refugee health care cuts have had a devastating impact on many refugees and put the health of all Canadians at risk. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care warned the government the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program, made two years ago, would be cruel and costly. All of the evidence has borne this out. 
OSIRIS-Rex asteroid mission will use Canadian 3D technology
Publish Date: 17-JUL-2014 02:54 PM
Canada is about to build technology that will be used to map an asteroid in 3D using lasers on an upcoming space mission. Canadian scientists will work with space technology firm MacDonald, Dettwiller and Associates Ltd. (MDA). The company is about to start building and testing the new tool, known as the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA).