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Number 14 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-14

Canada’s forestry research strategy is like a nearly completed jigsaw puzzle with most of its pieces firmly linked together leaving a few scattered spots still to be filled. Following the sector’s meltdown in the late 2000s, it has made great strides towards developing a path forward that could yield considerable benefits for the nation while reducing its environmental footprint.

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Number 13 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-13

With the fall season upon us, new research funding announcements are coming fast and furious. From new granting council awards to the funding of more research and commercialization networks, the S&T community is forging ahead with new programs, projects, models and strategies all designed to enhance Canada’s scientific and economic output.

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Number 12 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-12

Break out the pails and sharpen those axes. Unless Canada undertakes forceful measures to add significant value to its natural resources, the deindustrialization of Canada will continue apace. That’s a key conclusion of an important new study by the Energy Pathways Task Force, released under the auspices of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (see lead story).

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Number 11 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-11

Aerospace is one tech-based sector where the federal government is doing a capable job of tracking, analyzing and promoting the industry in all its component parts. With the release of a joint Industry Canada-industry report on the composition, performance and future opportunities for space and aerospace, all players have a strong statistical basis for moving ahead on the R&D, production and sales fronts (see page 4).

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Number 10 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-10

Information and communications technologies (ICT) — writ large — remain the most potent tools in the arsenal of any country seeking to improve its global competitive standing. As platform technologies that cut across virtually every research discipline, the health of a nation’s ICT both in terms of development and deployment, are essential and must be afforded priority status in any national or provincial S&T policy.

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Number 9 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-9

As the population ages, Canadian neuroscience research is quickly moving up the priority ranking with significant new funding to confront the impending surge in brain-related diseases. Federal and provincial schemes to advance the research field and associated technologies come after years of foot-dragging, and not a moment too soon.

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Number 8 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-8

The aggregate data on Canada’s innovation performance may be cause for concern, but that isn’t stopping individual universities and companies from leveraging the excellent talent and research being generated in this country.

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Number 7 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-7

They came from the opposite ends of the debate but were united in their contention that Canada desperately needs an industrial innovation policy. At the recent RE$EARCH MONEY Conference, Drs Adam Chowaniec and Richard Hawkins faced off on the merits of whether future science, technology and innovation policy should focus on the needs of start-up companies.

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Number 6 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-6

Will high tech innovation be the saviour of North America’s inner cities? A new study by urban theorist Dr Richard Florida contends that it is, at least in the US. The Univ of Toronto-based researcher tracked the recent flow of US venture capital and found that more is going into the core of major city regions than the suburbs, where high-tech research parks have traditionally gravitated towards.

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Number 5 / Volume 28

Editorial – 28-5

Nortel Networks Corp is back in the news. An ambitious study by researchers at the Univ of Ottawa has raised Canada’s greatest high-tech success story — and failure — from the dead to determine what lessons can be learned from one of the greatest corporate collapses in the nation’s history.

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