Funding

Inquiétude à la fin de l'accord fédéral-provincial sur la santé (French only)
Publish Date: 31-MAR-2014 11:04 AM
Les Canadiens de certaines régions du pays pourraient faire face à des pénuries de lits et à une hausse du coût des médicaments, à la suite de l'expiration, lundi, de l'accord fédéral-provincial sur la santé, prévient un groupe de défense des soins de santé.  
 
America’s Underappreciated Entrepreneur: The Federal Government
Publish Date: 23-MAR-2014 10:34 AM
Imagine a world in which the United States government — not the private sector — is the economy’s indispensable entrepreneur, innovating at the frontiers of science and technology, able and willing to take risks and to persevere through uncertainty. 
 
Canada falling behind on innovation
Publish Date: 23-MAR-2014 10:32 AM
While we tend to celebrate private entrepreneurship, the state is crucially important in driving and shaping innovation. The question of which economies will thrive and which will lag behind on innovation has a lot to do with sound public policy.  
 
Forum: The feds have been closing the libraries of its departments and commissions as a way to cut the budget deficit, but a deficit of knowledge may be worse
Publish Date: 23-MAR-2014 10:17 AM
Recent media reports have described the closing of federal science libraries dealing with fisheries, forests and health as well as the absurd lengths to which government scientists have had to go to obtain documents that they require in their work. 
 
Guerre à la science (French only)
Publish Date: 21-MAR-2014 10:30 AM
«La liberté de la science contribue à une démocratie forte. Coupures, fermetures de bibliothèques et de laboratoires, licenciement et ingérence, les politiques actuelles diminuent notre capacité à bâtir de solides connaissances scientifiques», dénonce Katie Gibbs 
 
Echoes of Walkerton in Environment Canada cuts
Publish Date: 19-MAR-2014 02:43 PM
Albert Einstein’s well-known definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” is unsettlingly relevant to a new round of federal government cuts. The latest slashing of Environment Canada, which by 2016 will have half the budget it had in 2007, calls to mind a series of deep cuts to environmental protections in Ontario in the late 1990s. Some of the players are even the same, so they cannot reasonably claim to be ignorant of the tragic consequences. 
 
Federal funding cuts to science felt in university research labs
Publish Date: 19-MAR-2014 02:39 PM
Changes to scientific funding at the federal level are taking their toll on the work done in some University of Western Ontario research labs. Christopher Pin — an associate professor in the university’s department of pediatrics, oncology, and physiology and pharmacology — has experienced the repercussions first-hand as grants available through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) shrink. 
 
La Garde côtière envoie d’autres brise-glace dans la Voie maritime (French only)
Publish Date: 19-MAR-2014 02:37 PM
La Garde côtière canadienne a indiqué mercredi qu’elle envoie davantage de brise-glace pour aider à dégager le passage dans les Grands Lacs et la Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent. Évoquant les pires conditions de glace en 20 ans, la Garde côtière a affirmé qu’il est trop tôt pour déterminer à quel moment les navires de transport du grain et d’autres produits de base seront en mesure de traverser les corridors commerciaux habituels. L’Association des constructeurs de navire canadiens avait déploré mardi qu’un manque de brise-glace retarderait les livraisons de grain des Prairies et d’autres marchandises, incluant le minerai de fer, des matériaux de construction et des produits pétroliers. 
 
UK Budget sees boosts for data science, graphene an cell therapy
Publish Date: 19-MAR-2014 02:35 PM
British scientists already know that their public funding for the next two years is frozen at £4.6 billion (US$7.6 billion) annually (as it has been since 2010, which for the nation’s seven research-grants agencies has meant a 10% cut in real terms over the past three years), so they did not expect anything transformative from today’s budget. Right on cue, UK chancellor George Osborne continued his trend of throwing small crumbs of funding to science and technology — £222 million additional cash over the next five years — while at the same time failing to announce either long-term support for basic science or a strategy to develop UK industrial research, both of which are sorely needed, say science-policy experts. 
 
Appel à la prudence de l’OCDE - L’assainissement des finances doit se poursuivre, mais pas au prix d’une crise sociale (French only)
Publish Date: 19-MAR-2014 02:24 PM
Les gouvernements doivent prendre garde, dans leurs efforts d’assainissement des finances, de ne pas aggraver les problèmes d’inégalité et de fracture sociale qui se sont accélérés avec la Grande Récession, prévient l’OCDE. La plupart des indicateurs de qualité de vie sont toujours en berne dans les pays développés, notamment en matière de revenu des ménages, d’emploi des jeunes, de partage de la richesse, de dépenses en éducation, et même en matière de taux de fécondité. 
 
Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate
Publish Date: 18-MAR-2014 02:11 PM
Early in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win a Nobel Prize. Now, at 70, Dr. Molina is trying to awaken the public to an even bigger risk. He spearheaded a committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, which released a stark report Tuesday on global warming. The report warns that the effects of human emissions of heat-trapping gases are already being felt, that the ultimate consequences could be dire, and that the window to do something about it is closing. 
 
Federal scientists are being muzzled, funding cuts are debilitating academic researchers, and private R&D spending is down. Is Canada an unstable environment for science?
Publish Date: 17-MAR-2014 10:36 AM
Scientists are often thought to be mild-mannered, introverts who are most comfortable toiling away in anonymity in the comforts of their laboratory, but this stereotype is being challenged as Canada’s scientific researchers step out of their labs and into national headlines. 
 
Billionaires with big ideas are privatizing American science
Publish Date: 16-MAR-2014 10:20 AM
Last April, President Barack Obama assembled some of the nation's most august scientific dignitaries in the East Room of the White House. Joking that his grades in physics made him a dubious candidate for "scientist in chief," he spoke of using technological innovation "to grow our economy" and unveiled "the next great American project": a $100 million initiative to probe the mysteries of the human brain. 
 
Facing Millions in Cuts, Environment Canada Prepares to Get Lean
Publish Date: 15-MAR-2014 09:39 AM
The Harper government's plan for Environment Canada, the department tasked with coordinating the country's environmental policies and programs, involves millions of dollars in cuts and hundreds of job losses over the next three years. The cuts are outlined in a newly-released 2014/15 report on plans and priorities for the department, along with government rhetoric that promises "a clean, safe and sustainable environment while supporting economic prosperity." 
 
‘Hype’ hurts scientific progress: conference
Publish Date: 14-MAR-2014 10:32 AM
A Vancouver conference is calling on government to protect independent research, as the increasingly cutthroat politics behind funding is pressuring scientists to go for sexy over sensible. The scientific community is struggling in an age where “hype” is harming the quality of research, said health law and policy researcher Timothy Caulfield, speaking downtown Thursday at the Brain Science and Social Responsibility conference. The call comes as Ottawa is under fire for cutting federal programs and shutting down research facilities — backing economic interests at the expense of pure science. 
 
Troubled waters: Nuclear radiation found in B.C. may pose health concerns
Publish Date: 14-MAR-2014 09:28 AM
A radioactive metal from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has been discovered in the Fraser Valley, causing researchers to raise the alarm about the long-term impact of radiation on B.C.’s west coast. Examination of a soil sample from Kilby Provincial Park, near Agassiz, has for the first time in this province found Cesium 134, further evidence of Fukushima radioactivity being transported to Canada by air and water. 
 
Environment Canada braces for cuts to climate programs
Publish Date: 12-MAR-2014 10:15 AM
Canada’s efforts to combat climate change could be scaled down as Environment Canada braces for more budgetary belt-tightening over the next three years. A recently released report on Environment Canada’s plans and priorities reveals the department plans to reduce spending from $1.01 billion in 2014-2015 to $698.8 million in 2016-2017.  
 
Time’s up? Federal government could run out of Radarsat-2 data unless it finds more money
Publish Date: 10-MAR-2014 10:10 AM
The Canadian government is quickly using up its allotment of surveillance time on the country’s most sophisticated satellite and could find itself doing without by 2017 unless it comes up with more money, according to Department of National Defence documents. Federal departments were to receive $445 million worth of data collected by the Radarsat-2 satellite in exchange for the government’s financial contribution to the building of the satellite, which is owned and operated by a British Columbia company. But the spacecraft has become so essential, particularly for the military’s surveillance of the country’s coastline, that the federal government is fast using up its data credits. 
 
Ottawa takes another stab at solving the innovation conundrum
Publish Date: 09-MAR-2014 10:01 AM
Canadians might be surprised to learn their country has a science and technology strategy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled what he called a “bold new framework” in 2007 – “Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage.” Mr. Harper vowed at the time that the plan would make Canada “a world leader in science and technology and a key source of entrepreneurial innovation and creativity.” Seven years later, the promise remains largely unfulfilled. Canada continues to slide further behind other developed countries on most key measures of innovation.  
 
Main estimates : Statistics Canada reviewing how it gathers data
Publish Date: 27-FEB-2014 09:22 AM
The federal statistics agency will undertake a comprehensive review of how it collects key data about the Canadian population. The review is outlined in the main estimates tabled in Parliament Thursday, where Statistics Canada announced it was cutting its expected spending by more than $21 million — a five per cent cut from the estimates it tabled last year. In all, Statistics Canada expects to spend almost $380 million over the next 12 months. The estimates last year were for spending of more than $400 million.