The Professional Institute of the Public Service hosted the 2nd Science Policy Symposium held May 12-14th, 2010 in Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Québec.
The inaugural Symposium, held in September 2007 was the first science policy conference of its kind in Canada. In 2010 the event brought together more than 200 scientists and science-policy analysts, senior officials, and experts from across Canada and around the world to identify and discuss the key issues facing science policy in Canada.
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.