Last month, Québec tabled its 2018 budget, which includes more than $1 billion for research, innovation and economic growth, reflecting several recommendations made by the Advisory Council on the Economy and Innovation.
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‘Reimagination’ is very much in the news today (not to be confused with the imagineers at Walt Disney Imagineering R&D subsidiary). We saw the word trotted out in the 2018 federal Budget on how the 101-year-old National Research Council (NRC) was going to form a new conception of itself — not that it hasn’t been reimagined several times before.
The honeymoon is over and the Chief Science Advisor is getting right down to business. But it was a jam-packed 100 days for Dr Mona Nemer, who was appointed last fall as Canada’s first chief science advisor (CSA) 10 years after the previous Conservative government eliminated the position and dismissed her predecessor, Dr Arthur Carty.
After a months-long public search, Ontario has announced the appointment of Dr Molly Shoichet as its first chief scientist who will advise the provincial premier on science and innovation policy based on scientific evidence.
This week, the North American Gender Summit sponsored by NSERC and Quebec’s Fonds de Recherche took place amid a growing renaissance on the gender and science policy issue.
Canada needs a quick win to get back in the game of science diplomacy and international scientific collaboration as it prepares to hold the G7 presidency in 2018 and host the organization’s annual meeting next Spring.
Dr Mona Nemer’s appointment as federal chief science advisor (CSA) is receiving rave reviews in science and policy circles. But it has also reignited the debate over whether the new position will represent a significant improvement over past efforts to advise government on important scientific issues, and how this advice will feed into decision making.
RE$EARCH MONEY a journalistic magic carpet ride like no other
RE$EARCH MONEY has always had impact. Since its founding three decades ago, the newsletter has covered a good deal of Canada’s STI debates and discussions. When it debuted in 1987, Canada had its first and only national science, technology and skills plan—one that was adopted by all levels of government.
Provinces that develop and deploy explicit science policies benefit from greater coordination, alignment and clarity of their science-based activities, which in turn help leverage federal support. Other than Quebec and the territories which have developed explicit science policies, those of Canada’s other subnational governments are implicit in nature and often conflate science and innovation resulting in less than optimum outcomes, according to a new report from the Council of Canadian Academies.