Organization: Saskatchewan Research Council

Canada’s first rare earths projects underway in push to build new industry

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.

The Short Report, April 15, 2020: Regulators move fast to approve AI-powered x-rays for COVID-19; American lawmakers look askance at Huawei PPE donations; and more

The Fonds de recherche du Québec – santé (FRQS), the Quebec government’s health sciences research arm, will provide $2 million to help create the Centre de Recherche en Biologie Structurale (CRBS) at McGill University. The centre aims to advance understanding of the fundamental biological mechanisms of disease, which could help address medical challenges like targeting treatments to specific…

The Short Report – May 1, 2019: Licensing income, new Teachers fund, federal investments

Details are beginning to emerge on cuts to R&D in the April 11 Ontario budget: $1 million for the Mowat Centre (closing), the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity (closing) and the province’s Health System Research Fund (clawed back). R$ will investigate these and other cuts further. – Mowat Centre Canada and Japan have signed two…

SRC adds QEMSCAN service to suite of mining facilities

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) has invested $1.4 million in a new QEMSCAN service to provide the mining sector with quantitative mineralogical analyses to prove potential resource deposits. The service complements SRC’s Advanced Microanalysis Centre and Mineral Processing Pilot Plant and is one of only a handful of QEMSCAN services in Canada. The new service…

Saskatchewan funds new centre for nuclear innovation

The Saskatchewan government is providing $30 million over seven years to launch the Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (CCNI) which was announced last spring as part of a multi-faceted strategy to boost the province’s capabilities in nuclear science and engineering (R$, March 17/11). CCNI will be located at the Univ of Saskatchewan, augmenting existing nuclear…

DNA-based wheat test receives $8.9 million

Commercialization efforts for a new DNA-based process to identify the class and variety of wheat is receiving $8.9 million over five years from the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan. Developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and licensed to the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), the DNA-based test will be further developed by a team of…

NRCan provides $6.75 million for CO2 sequestration R&D

The Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) has received $6.75 million from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to support the final phase of an R&D project on the sequestration and monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2). The project will be conducted at EnCana’s oil recovery site in Weyburn SK and continue work refining CO2 technologies and sequestration methods.…