Tom Wright, Veterinary Biologics Veterinarian, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Charlottetown
Tom Wright has been with the federal government for close to two decades. As veterinarians, biologists and research scientists, he and his CFIA colleagues protect the food safety of Canadians by ensuring that proper testing and monitoring procedures are in place, by providing information to decision makers, and by working with industry to prevent or eradicate disease in the Canadian food supply.
It has been claimed that since 2009, Harper’s Conservative government has laid off more than 2,000 federally employed scientists. Numerous programmes devoted to the monitoring of climate change, food inspection, water quality and oil spills have been cancelled. In September, hundreds of scientists in lab coats marched on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in protest, even going so far as to hold a mock funeral to mark “the death of evidence”.
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.