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.
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).
Executive Director of ELA offers update on facility Publish Date: 16-JUL-2014 02:47 PM With research underway and a new board of directors in place, things are looking up at the Experimental Lakes Area."We're really happy with the board we have put together," says Matt McCandless, who is the CEO. "The ELA has always been known for water research excellence, and we have board members who bring that. But now that the Experimental lakes Area is run by the IISD, there is a business dimension we need to consider.
Scientist wants to use LED light to grow plants on other planets Publish Date: 14-JUL-2014 09:18 AM Researcher Mike Dixon with the University of Guelph in Canada has some big plans to amplify Light-Emitting Diode (LED) energy. If these work they could provide an energy source for plants to grow on Mars and other planets throughout the solar system.
National parks under threat, report says Publish Date: 14-JUL-2014 09:12 AM From the caribou breeding grounds in the Northwest Territories to the diverse forests of New Brunswick, the country’s leading wilderness advocate says the integrity of Canada’s parks is being threatened by budget cuts, human activity and, especially, resource extraction.
Dreaded Asian Carp the target of new Ontario lab Publish Date: 07-JUL-2014 08:53 AM Canada has a new tool to battle the spread of an insatiable invasive species: an Asian carp research lab that’s the first of its kind in the country. Researchers say the Burlington, Ont.-based lab at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW) will be an integral part of the battle against a fish that threatens to decimate food sources for native species in North America. The facility was formally unveiled Monday.
Examining Canada’s scientific footprint Publish Date: 04-JUL-2014 08:50 AM Science is serious business. Governments, companies and charities invest hundreds of billions to fuel research efforts worldwide. The results, they hope, will increase knowledge, drive economic growth, improve lives and create new possibilities for people in the future. But which science matters most and who’s doing it? Those are the questions underlying a new list of the world’s top researchers compiled by the data and media company Thomson Reuters.
No Canadian at space station before 2017 Publish Date: 02-JUL-2014 08:44 AM Unless Canada makes a lot more contributions to the International Space Station, it could be a while before another Canadian astronaut visits the giant orbiting space laboratory.For the moment, what's clear is that no Canadians will be heading up to the space station before 2017 - at the earliest.
5 signs your Prime Minister doesn't like public servants Publish Date: 16-JUN-2014 10:47 AM Stephen Harper wants public servants to know he cares.
That's the point of this week's National Public Service Week to celebrate those "Proudly Serving Canadians."
But public servants aren't buying it. In fact, they're boycotting the whole thing.
Dozens protest cuts Publish Date: 16-JUN-2014 10:37 AM Some 50 people, including doctors, health-care professionals and interested citizens took to Springer Market Square on Monday to protest federal government cuts to refugee health car.
Accurate jobs data crucial for Canada Publish Date: 13-JUN-2014 10:21 AM This would be funny if it wasn't so alarming. At the same time as employers are struggling with increasingly unreliable jobs data, the federal government cut spending on labour market research by 20 per cent — that's something like $14 million.
New wind research laboratory seeks to understand effects of storms Publish Date: 11-JUN-2014 03:03 PM Horia Hangan doesn’t hesitate when you ask him why he finds wind so fascinating. “Because you can’t see it,” he says. “Always you have to guess it, you have to reveal it, which is fantastic.” Now Dr. Hangan is ready to reveal the wind like no one has before. His brainchild is the newly completed Wind Engineering Energy Environment Research Institute – WindEEE – a $34-million domed laboratory that sits like a giant tortoise over the rural landscape near London, Ont. The facility is unique in the world because it can reproduce wind movement in all its three-dimensional complexity, from sudden gusts and downdrafts to swirling tornadoes that rip across a simulated landscape.
World Wildlife Fund study used computer models to predict how oil spills would behave in Beaufort Sea. New research suggests a major oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia. The research, funded by the World Wildlife Fund, comes as the National Energy Board prepares to consider blowout prevention plans in two separate proposals for offshore energy drilling.