PS jobs disappearing faster than expected, report says Publish Date: 11-NOV-2014 09:56 AM Canada’s Conservative government has wiped nearly 37,000 people off the federal payroll and reduced key services for Canada’s veterans and the unemployed and budgets for food safety in the “rush” to pay for its promised tax cuts, according to a new report.
The report, by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, concludes that the Conservatives are able to realize their promised surplus and tax breaks at the expense of front-line services, corroded by steady spending cuts that will continue for another two years — even after the books have been balanced.
Canada’s Union of Federal Scientists Gets Political, Commits to Campaign Against Harper Government Publish Date: 11-NOV-2014 09:52 AM In an absolutely unprecedented move Canada’s Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) announced it will engage in political activity in the lead-up to and during the next federal election. “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions,” PIPSC president Debi Daviau said in a press release. “This government has forced non-partisan organizations such as ours to make a very difficult choice: to remain silent or to speak out. We have chosen to speak out,” added Daviau.
Parliamentary Budget Officer say Budget for Arctic patrol ships “insufficient” Publish Date: 04-NOV-2014 09:21 AM There's a fresh spat brewing between the Parliament's top bean counter and the Conservative government, this time over Arctic patrol ships. Parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette said there's little chance the government can afford to buy between six and eight vessels on a budget of $3.1 billion. Frechette said that's only enough money to pay for four Arctic patrol ships — and even then, there's only a 50 per cent chance the vessels get built on that budget.
Ottawa spending $30.5M on Ebola programs to bolster Canada’s readiness Publish Date: 03-NOV-2014 08:32 AM The federal government is spending $30.5 million on programs to shore up Canada’s readiness to deal with Ebola in this country, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said Monday.
While most of the money will be spent in Canada, Ambrose said $3 million of that will go to the World Health Organization to help fund its efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa.
International scientists call for Canadian science funding and freedoms to be restored Publish Date: 30-OCT-2014 09:08 AM Over 800 scientists worldwide have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on the federal government to restore funding cut from its science programs and to remove barriers to the ability of Canadian government scientists to collaborate internationally. The letter and list of signatories was released on October 21 by the Cambridge, MA-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which has fought similar cuts and restrictions against U.S. government science, and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which represents over 15,000 scientists employed in 40 federal departments and agencies.
Canadian companies lag global peers in innovation Publish Date: 28-OCT-2014 09:01 AM A new list of the most innovative companies in the world is notable for what does not appear: a single Canadian firm. A global ranking, to be published by the Boston Consulting Group Tuesday, shows Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. at the top of its measure of the 50 most innovative companies. American firms dominate the ranking (though their presence is diminishing), with companies in China, Japan, South Korea, Germany and the Netherlands also in the top 50.
From the BrainSTEM : Federal science demands democratic reform Publish Date: 28-OCT-2014 08:59 AM I’d like to think we live in a country where democracy is valued—a place where all groups are represented equally. Why then, is the Canadian government continuing to overhaul scientific communication policies while cutting the funding for important research programs? Recently, more than 800 scientists from 32 different countries signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper highlighting what they called a rapid decline in both the freedom and the funding allowed to federal scientists.
It’s time to support Canadian universities Publish Date: 27-OCT-2014 08:52 AM Canada’s universities are also at the centre of the cutting edge Canadian scientific research that has important spin-offs for our economy and sprouts countless partnerships with other researchers and institutions abroad. The federal government must take a leadership role in ensuring that this research is properly valued and that critical investments are made. But Conservatives have failed to fulfill their promises to support university science and research.
This is the path of innovation Publish Date: 27-OCT-2014 08:49 AM The economic uncertainty that continues to plague countries around the globe has contributed to an increased focus on innovation and the commercialization of research – and rightly so. Innovation drives prosperity. Unfortunately, this focus can lead to the questioning of the value of basic foundational research. That debate presents a false choice, and it’s only by understanding why, that universities’ contributions to the world will be fully realized.
Des scientifiques de 32 pays critiquent Harper (French) Publish Date: 22-OCT-2014 12:44 PM Plus de 800 scientifiques de 32 pays ont adressé une lettre au premier ministre Stephen Haper l'exhortant à rétablir le financement et la liberté d'expression des scientifiques oeuvrant au sein du gouvernement canadien.
Des chercheurs dénoncent les politiques du gouvernement Harper Publish Date: 22-OCT-2014 08:37 AM Les chercheurs dénoncent les coupes du fédéral qui nuisent à leurs travaux, mais aussi les « politiques de censure » et le « bâillonnement » du gouvernement dont ils se disent victimes.
« Il y a 25 % de nos chercheurs qui se sont fait dire par l'employeur de changer leurs mandats de recherche ou leurs rapports pour satisfaire le gouvernement conservateur. C'est inacceptable. Ils nous bâillonnent », déplore le directeur de l'Institut professionnel de la fonction publique pour le Québec, Yvon Brodeur.
Another Group Shames Harper Publish Date: 22-OCT-2014 08:34 AM An organization known for its efforts to improve scientific integrity within the U.S. government is taking aim at Prime Minister Stephen Harper over policies and funding cuts that it says are detrimental to Canadian public science. In an open letter released Tuesday, the Union of Concerned Scientists urged Mr. Harper to lift a communications protocol that prevents federal researchers from speaking with journalists without approval from Ottawa. The letter also refers to barriers that it says inhibit collaboration with colleagues in the broader scientific community.
Hundred of World’s Scientists Ask Stephen Harper to Return Freedom to Science in Canada Publish Date: 22-OCT-2014 08:31 AM In an open letter published Monday more than 800 scientists are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end “burdensome restriction on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.” The Harper government has recently attracted international attention after a report published by a leading research union identified Canadian scientists as particularly hard hit by budget cuts and communications protocols that prevent their freedom of expression. More than 800 scientists from over 32 countries signed Monday’s letter, drafted by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Des scientifiques de 32 pays critiquent Harper (French) Publish Date: 22-OCT-2014 08:26 AM Plus de 800 scientifiques de 32 pays ont adressé une lettre au premier ministre Stephen Haper l'exhortant à rétablir le financement et la liberté d'expression des scientifiques oeuvrant au sein du gouvernement canadien.
Plus de 800 scientifiques de partout autour du monde critiquent le Canada (French) Publish Date: 21-OCT-2014 12:43 PM Dans une lettre ouverte adressée au premier ministre Stephen Harper, plus de 800 scientifiques de partout à travers le monde critiquent ce qu'ils qualifient du déclin rapide du financement et de la liberté des scientifiques du gouvernement du Canada. Les 815 signataires provenant de 32 pays déplorent que le travail des scientifiques canadiens soit entravé par les compressions dans leurs budgets et par des contraintes sur leur liberté de voyager, de communiquer et de collaborer avec leurs collègues des autres pays.
Foreign scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom Publish Date: 21-OCT-2014 12:40 PM Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists." The call was made in an open letter drafted by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that represents U.S. scientists and uses science to advocate for environmental sustainability.
More than 800 foreign scientists urge Canada to loosen funding and freedoms Publish Date: 21-OCT-2014 12:39 PM More than 800 scientists from around the world have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper decrying what they call a rapid decline in funding and freedoms faced by Canadian government scientists. "Earth to Canada: Science Needs You," says the headline over the letter that was published Tuesday as an ad in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.
Le Centre canadien de rayonnement synchrotron a réussi à développer des isotopes médicaux à partir de rayons X, une première mondiale qui pourrait changer la donne pour les patients atteints entre autres de maladies cardiaques ou de cancers.
I’m a climate scientist and a former astronaut. Not surprisingly, I have a deep respect for well-tested theories and facts. In the climate debate, these things have a way of getting blurred in political discussions.