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.
Oil, gas exploration may harm Gulf, scientists warn Publish Date: 09-JUN-2014 02:57 PM A new report argues that, with federal science cuts and policy changes, Canadians don’t have enough scientific knowledge of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to allow for safe oil and gas exploration there. A lack of research and newly-relaxed environmental assessment regulations leave too much unknown, wrote the co-authors of the St. Lawrence Coalition report, all of whom are scientists working for environmental organizations. For example, the decline of the beluga population in the area “should trigger the alarm” that more work is needed to understand contaminants currently in Gulf waters, as well as the effects of climate change, says the report. Nine conservation groups from Eastern Canada signed the report.
Stephen Harper’s blatant hypocrisy on science Publish Date: 06-JUN-2014 01:44 PM In a rare one-on-one interview this past Thursday with the CBC, Prime Minister Stephen Harper definitively laid out his position on vaccination. Directly confronting the anti-vaccination movement, he chided Canadians, “Don’t indulge your theories; think of your children and listen to the experts.” Harper is right: vaccinations have saved millions of lives, and the science in support of them is overwhelming. Andrew Wakefield, the former British surgeon who claimed to show a link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism has been widely discredited and exposed as a fraud. Unfortunately, his misguided claims infected public consciousness and led to a resurgence of deadly diseases once thought eradicated. Harper called Canadians out, saying, “it’s a tragedy when people start to go off on their own theories and not listen to scientific evidence.” He’s reinforcing that sentiment with a commitment to a further $3.5 billion of continued funding for maternal and child health worldwide, with vaccination being a cornerstone of the program.
Stephen Harper’s evidence: Top 10 quotes from federal scientists in Canada Publish Date: 01-JUN-2014 08:02 AM Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a strong case for parents to accept scientific evidence about the effectiveness of vaccines. “We do have scientists and medical professionals who do great work and verify this and I just think its a tragedy when people start to go off on their own theories and not listen to the scientific evidence,” he told the CBC in an exclusive interview. “Don’t indulge your theories, think of your children and listen to the experts.” Within his own government, scientists and professionals who do research and gather evidence, are urging the prime minister to take a second look at his own theories.
A motley crew of kids, scientists and politicians posed in front of a boxy machine at the Royal Ontario Museum on Thursday. The instrument, known as a laser altimeter, quickly scanned them to create a multi-dimensional map of the scene. Four years from now, a new version of that instrument will be sent to map something slightly trickier — the asteroid Bennu, a carbon-rich space rock with a fascinating, if slightly menacing, biography.
De nouvelles données américaines confirment la hausse continue des températures et l’ampleur de la crise climatique. La dépendance de l’humanité aux énergies fossiles se reflète de plus en plus sur le thermomètre planétaire. De nouvelles données scientifiques publiées lundi révèlent en effet que les derniers mois ont battu des records historiques à la hausse, tant sur les continents qu’à la surface des océans. Un signal de plus de l’aggravation de la crise climatique.