Are federal S&T policies and programs veering toward crisis? Everywhere you look there’s a process or a program that is either delayed, breaking down or stalled altogether. They are casualties of the state of politics in Ottawa, a bureaucracy weakened by the departure of seasoned personnel and a persistent trait of the current Liberal regime: the inability to carry through on its seductive rhetoric on innovation and the knowledge-based economy.
By Debbie Lawes
Treasury Board will decide soon whether to approve a new “program architecture” for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for national research platforms, new infrastructure, equipment upgrades and the retention and recruitment of university faculty.
The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program hopes to convince the federal government to more than double its annual budget allocation when it comes up for review in 2007. The program — which currently receives permanent funding of $77.
Industry Canada is awaiting the green light from Treasury Board to launch its long awaited pilot funds for the commercialization of publicly funded research in universities and federal laboratories. Up for grabs is $50 million for the university community and $25 million for government labs over the next five years although the former is already the focus of concern from members of the university technology transfer community.
Lessons for a Canadian clean energy strategy
By David Crane
The best opportunities for research and innovation are in the areas where there are the greatest needs. Nowhere is this truer than in the urgency of addressing climate change and the need for clean energy.
Phase I opens officially in the fall
Now the hard part begins. After five years, nearly $200 million in public and private financing and countless volunteer hours by a group of committed individuals, Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District is set to open.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has released a Clean Coal Technology (CCT) Roadmap that lays out a vision of how Canada can utilize science and technology to exploit the country’s abundant coal deposits for energy use and develop a fleet of coal plants that generate minimal or zero emissions.