Ottawa announces over $550 million in federal research investments, the International Energy Agency reviews Canada’s energy policies, an international study details COVID-19’s impacts on children, MDA wins a second contract for a 2023 moon mission, and more.
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Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne is facing a very busy year, with a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that includes more than 30 assigned tasks. They include establishing a new advanced research projects agency, launching a Canadian critical minerals strategy and a national quantum strategy and creating a global centre of excellence for eliminating methane gas emissions.
Alberta’s four major universities have put a hold on developing new research initiatives and renewing existing research agreements with entities in China, as directed by the provincial government. All four universities also have submitted reports to Alberta Advanced Education detailing all agreements, research relationships, institutional relations and joint ventures under way with entities connected to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party.
A new Quebec neuroscience partnership may advance drug discovery for brain diseases through AI and Open Science; a CFI national survey shows most young adults have confidence in science; Dr. Leah Cowen has been named the University of Toronto’s vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives, and more.
The launch of Ontario’s vehicle innovation network signals readiness for next-generation auto solutions, Alberta invests tens of millions of dollars to fund vaccine research and manufacturing capacity, research activity continues to grow at colleges and institutes across Canada, and more.
CNL announces project agreement for construction of its new Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre, the Canada Foundation for Innovation launches its flagship competition fund for 2023, SSHRC and Mitacs celebrate Canada’s researchers and innovators, and more.
Students’ concerns about climate change and sustainability — along with dropping enrolment in some oil and gas academic programs — are driving a shift in engineering and energy programming by universities in oil-producing Alberta and Newfoundland to encompass all forms of energy, sustainability and the global energy transition.
The American Physical Society rewards Dr. John Polanyi’s history of nuclear anti-proliferation activism, Ontario’s AI ecosystem is faring well despite pandemic effects, a University of Alberta team uncovers promising antiviral agents for potentially safer, more effective COVID treatment, and more.
A joint international research hub for vision health gets off the ground, UWaterloo launches its sustainable aeronautics research institute, Dan Breznitz and André Picard are shortlisted for the Balsillie Prize for Public Policy from the Writer’s Trust of Canada, and more.
Economist Jack Mintz calls for a broad approach to corporate tax reform to stimulate investment in Canada, the Canadian Space Agency moves onto procurement in the lunar exploration program, and GlycoNet becomes a member of the BIOTECanada ecosystem.