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Number 5 / Volume 30

Editorial – 30-5

Say what you will about the Liberal government’s deficit-fuelled Budget of social and stimulus spending, the decision to inject $1.2 billion into science, innovation, clean tech and trade is a most welcome departure from the past several years.

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Number 4 / Volume 30

Editorial – 30-4

Clean tech and the diverse technologies that comprise the sector are shaping up as a key plank of the Liberal government’s forthcoming innovation agenda but a major fund intended to elevate Canada into the major leagues has proven to be an ill-timed bust.

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Number 3 / Volume 30

Editorial – 30-3

It’s comes as little surprise that increased funding for fundamental research is the focus of so many pre-Budget submissions to the parliamentary Finance committee (see page 5). The front end of the research and innovation ecosystem has not fared well in recent years, increasing the odds that the reinvestment pitches by several agencies and organizations will find a receptive audience.

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Number 2 / Volume 30

Editorial – 30-2

Other provinces would do well to look west towards British Columbia and its new Tech Strategy. Short and succinct yet broad in its scope, it aims to build upon one of the country’s most vibrant tech sectors and drive incremental economic and job growth without a huge price tag.

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Number 1 / Volume 30

Editorial – 30-1

Canada’s research and innovation communities are expressing optimism and dread in equal measure as an S&T-friendly government takes power amidst the continuing meltdown of the commodities markets. Missteps by the previous government are coming into sharp focus, with their science, technology and innovation (STI) policy being variously described as “a lost decade” and “the dark era”.

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Number 20 / Volume 29

NRC’s Marine Vehicles Program aims to enhance shipbuilding competitiveness

The National Research Council’s is betting that its Marine Vehicles Program (MVP) will strengthen the competitiveness of Canada’s beleaguered shipbuilding industry and its related sub-sectors. By applying technologies, design expertise and testing facilities to reduce construction costs, enhance operability and meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations, the five-year, $9.

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Number 20 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-20

What does 2016 hold for Canadian science, technology and innovation (STI)? The new Liberal government has issued upbeat messaging about the importance of science but has so far been light on the specifics.

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Number 19 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-19

If you’ve been wondering about the current state of federal S&T and options for the future, this issue’s lead story on the an expert advisory group’s report provides an illuminating window on ways to enhance government science, engineering and technology.

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Number 18 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-18

Some dubbed this year’s Canadian Science Policy Conference the most successful event in its seven-year history. With nearly 500 delegates and strong representation from the federal government, the Ottawa conference was a heady affair with renewed optimism and hope for the future pervasive in virtually every panel session and keynote address.

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Number 17 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-17

Expect to hear more from federal policy makers as the Liberal government moves forward with crafting its science, technology and innovation (STI) policies. Mandate letters delivered to the new Cabinet ministers make it clear that openness and inclusiveness are to be hallmarks of the new administration.

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