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Number 16 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-16

Will Canada’s science, technology and innovation (STI) strategy be getting a much needed overhaul? The incoming Liberal government’s election platform didn’t have much to say about STI but that hasn’t stopped a torrent of advice from business and academia, urging the new government to get serious about the knowledge-based economy (see page1).

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Number 15 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-15

The federal party platforms have now been released and the S&T community can be forgiven for expressing disappointment that science, technology and innovation (STI) are being afforded little prominence in the most important election in a generation.

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Number 14 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-14

Party leaders have participated in two debates so far and not once has science been mentioned. Should we take that to mean that science is not a key election issue?

Well, yes and no. While the politicians may not deem science to be an issue that resonates with the public, the past three years have witnessed an unprecedented outpouring of protest against current science policies and how they are implemented at the federal level.

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Number 13 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-13

David Crane got it right in his Hill Times column this week when he called for a public investment strategy to build Canada’s innovative economy. The veteran economic journalist isn’t the first, nor will he be the last, to call attention to Canada’s weak competitiveness and slumping market share in key industry sectors.

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Number 12 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-12

As the Canadian economy continues to slump, the federal government appears to have turned its back on a report that urges the kind of action required to boost this country’s knowledge-based economy. Delivered to Health Canada by the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation was quietly posted on the department’s website on a Friday afternoon; a corresponding press conference by the minister was cancelled.

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Number 11 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-11

Another report, another call for Canada to create a chief scientific officer. This time the recommendation is being made by the Royal Society of Canada (RSP), an august scientific society that has recently taken on a more proactive role in its advocacy of policy (see page 6).

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Number 10 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-10

If any industry deserves serious government support it’s the clean tech sector. Yet as this issue’s lead article illustrates, federal leadership is nowhere to be found. The sector – spanning many technologies and applications – has no home within the federal bureaucracy.

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Number 9 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-9

Just over 10 years ago, I helped write A Progress Report on Canada’s Renewal of Northern Research for the tri-council agencies. It was heartening to find that after years of neglect, northern research was getting a long-awaited shot in the arm.

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Number 8 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-8

Relief is finally in sight for Canada’s tech sector with the decision to extend the time companies have to mount a defence against hostile foreign takeovers. An advocacy campaign led by the Information Technology Association of Canada will almost certainly result in an extension from the current 35 days to 120 days, once consultations by Canadian Securities Administrators is complete.

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Number 8 / Volume 29

Editorial – 29-8

Relief is finally in sight for Canada’s tech sector with the decision to extend the time companies have to mount a defence against hostile foreign takeovers. An advocacy campaign led by the Information Technology Association of Canada will almost certainly result in an extension from the current 35 days to 120 days, once consultations by Canadian Securities Administrators is complete.

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