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Number 15 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-15

The aftershocks of the brazen attacks on the United States have yet to be fully felt as that nation’s government and its allies prepare their response to these deplorable acts of terrorism. While time will eventually apply its healing balm to our collective wounds, the scale of the tragic loss of human life still defies complete comprehension.

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Number 14 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-14

The National Research Council’s (NRC) successful completion of financing for its new nanotechnology institute marks a dramatic move forward for Canada’s largest research organization. By deftly addressing the political objectives of three levels of government and forging a collaborative agreement with one of Canada’s largest universities, it has secured a level of funding that would have been far more difficult — if not impossible — to attain from federal sources only.

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Number 13 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-13

While it’s not official, it seems all but certain that the Innovation White Paper has been split into two so-called agenda documents dealing separately with innovation and skills. The failure of Industry Canada and Human Resources Development Canada to produce a joint work encompassing the economic and social aspects of innovation may seem discouraging, but in the short run it’s good news.

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Number 12 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-12

Call it an invasion from the periphery or trickle-down awareness, but there’s growing evidence that the innovation agenda is spreading. Several articles in this issue focus on the attempts, and success, of researchers and businesses outside of the traditional hard-science or central Canadian focus of S&T to obtain funding to accelerate their participation in the knowledge-base economy.

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Number 11 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-11

What is the S&T community to make of the strange and convoluted process behind the Innovation White Paper? For a document that’s so important to laying out a strategy for the nation’s economic future, its visibility or lack thereof, is intriguing to say the least.

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Number 10 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-10

It’s not a new issue and it isn’t very sexy, but brain drain and the efforts of governments and companies to combat it remains a very real challenge for Canada. It was therefore highly informative and encouraging to hear the experience of one Canadian who returned to this country after 20 years in the US and the reasons behind his decision.

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Number 9 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-9

You can almost smell it in the air. The use of tax incentives to stimulate private sector R&D spending is about to change as governments re-evaluate their effectiveness and place in the larger suite of incentives linked to innovation and economic growth.

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Number 8 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-8

The disturbing downward trend in the high-tech sector hasn’t slowed down the efforts of government to stimulate growth of the knowledge-based economy. Not yet. In the short term at least, there’s no need to connect the two, but if shrinkage in the New Economy sectors continues apace, governments may be tempted to rebuff new initiatives, particularly within their own departments and ministries.

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Number 7 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-7

As this week’s lead story demonstrates, the MARS proposal is an illuminating example of a private sector initiative that is striving to build the innovative capacity of the Canadian economy. As governments have been repeating for years now, the private sector has a pivotal role to play in transforming the nation into a competitive player in the global knowledge-based economy.

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Number 6 / Volume 15

Editorial – 15-6

Will they or won’t they? That seems to be the question of the moment for the predicted June release of the much-anticipated Industry Canada White Paper on innovation. After a long period without any substantive science and technology policy documents, many are hoping that the White Paper will outline the federal government’s plans to push the economy into the 21st Century (see page 4).

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