Most Canadian doctors don’t comply with the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act, also known as Vanessa’s Law, which requires hospitals and clinics to report adverse drug events to Health Canada. Two researchers are attempting to create a software platform to solve the problem — but establishing a national network requires overcoming extremely thorny policy issues.
As the climate heats up, severe flooding has taken lives and damaged communities in Western Europe, India, and China this summer. Canada has been spared extreme flooding but the risk here is just as real: Flooding is already the country’s most widespread and costly natural disaster. Part of the solution lies in updating the country’s flood maps, the majority of which are 20 to 25 years out of date. New federal support could make that a priority, but Canadians are already paying the price of inaction.
Canada needs targeted measures, including a preparedness plan, a pandemic coordinator and adequate medical countermeasures to improve the country’s national defence against pandemics and other catastrophic events, say Camille Boulet, Senior Partner, and Daniel Katz, Lead Research Analyst, at Ottawa-based Global Advantage Consulting Group in an op-ed.
Ottawa and partners commit $60 million to natural resources and environmental genomics projects, applied research funding at Canadian colleges gets a boost, and more.
International science collaborations have never been more active than during the pandemic. The sharing of scientific information across borders — from genomic datasets to open-access journal articles — has allowed for rapid progress in the fight against COVID-19 that would otherwise have been hamstrung.
Critics say the plan to expand carbon-capture and storage will extend Canada’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Starting this week, the Canadian government is asking for public input on a “modern copyright framework” for artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.
The federal government has released a list of guidelines for universities and research institutions as the result of a working group convened earlier this summer.
A new Canadian-made software tool could help speed up a global effort to create a definitive map of the ocean floor.
Canada’s university science innovation ecosystem needs a build-for-scale strategy that supports academic scientist-entrepreneurs from ideation through to commercialization, Elicia Maine, the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University, says in an op-ed.
A Vancouver-area company with backing from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to start building a nuclear-fusion test plant in England next year as part of a collaboration agreement with the U.K. government.
The Government of Canada has directed $635 million of funding to research projects through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Research Chair (CRC) programs.
Canada needs to address inequities in who has access to the power and promise of data science and advanced analytics, including by supporting training for grassroots, charitable and community organizations to collect, access and manage data, Kelly Nolan, an external affairs and equity, diversity and inclusion expert based in Ottawa, says in an op-ed.
A mine in the Northwest Territories, set to start Canada’s first production of rare earth concentrate in July in Saskatchewan, will build a rare earths processing facility in Saskatoon, as the public and private sectors ramp up efforts to make Canada a supplier of choice for strategic critical minerals.
Chris Albinson, the new CEO of Waterloo-based Communitech, says he sees the same process underway in Silicon Valley today that took place in Boston in the late 1990s — and the Waterloo Region is well-placed to become the technology hub to replace it.
The Short Report - June 30, 2021: Ontario invests $70M in R&D, Ottawa supports optics and photonics research, a Nova Scotia centre of forestry innovation, and more
Ontario announces support for hundreds of research projects across the province; Quebec’s INO optics and photonics research centre gets a boost, Nova Scotia launches a forestry innovation centre, and more.
National climate plan needs to focus on foundational public research and transformative Canadian technologies
Canada’s national climate plan needs a complementary approach focused on long-term public research and innovation to develop transformative Canadian technologies, including novel approaches to carbon management, Wilf Keller, Vice-President, Outreach at the Agri-food Innovation Council, says in an op-ed.
Governments in Ottawa and Quebec City have committed hundreds of millions of dollars in support for aerospace companies after the pandemic decimated the sector.
The Short Report - July 21, 2021: Canada's fast-growing tech talent, UBC joins global autism initiative, and more
A CBRE report shows Canada has some of the fastest growing tech talent pools In North America, UBC joins a global network to personalize autism care, and more.
Ottawa plans to fast-track smaller grant approvals in multiple research areas based on the success of two COVID-19 quick-response research funding programs, Research Money has learned. The council plans to roll out its new rapid-response grants within the next year.
The Innovation Asset Collective, Canada’s first patent collective, more than doubled its membership in its first six months and has awarded two rounds of grants to its member companies to help them own, access and use intellectual property.
The Short Report - July 14, 2021: Rémi Quirion to lead International Network for Government Science Advice, mining gets a $40 million boost, and more
Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, heads the INGSA international network, Ottawa moves to accelerate innovation in Canadian mining, and more.
At 32, Mark Blackwell is a seasoned entrepreneur, venture capitalist and board chair of the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. Research Money spoke to Blackwell about his experience in Silicon Valley, what success means to him and strengthening the innovation ecosystem in Calgary and Canada.
The non-profit Evidence for Democracy has released a framework to judge government policies based on the level of transparency around evidence.
As the global geopolitical landscape shifts, Canada and the European Union are deepening bilateral cooperation on research and innovation. At the EU-Canada Joint Summit in Brussels in mid June, leaders announced new partnerships on health, the oceans and raw materials, and agreed to launch exploratory discussions on Canada joining Horizon Europe, the EU’s new €100-billion research program.
Canada must rationalize its innovation programs and provide its research, development and innovation ecosystem with coherent direction as part of a plan for long-term economic growth, Dr. Camille Boulet, PhD, and Ömer Kaya at Global Advantage Consulting Group, say in an op-ed piece.