At the beginning of her third term as Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer reflects on the role her office has played during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as new directions where she would like to take her renewed mandate.
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The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) has launched a forum for sharing science advice across the francophone world. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, and Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, will represent Canada on the steering committee.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been called a “stress test” for open science — one that, by most accounts, it passed. The sharing of new scientific knowledge and data about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its impacts has been fast and furious. But not all experts are convinced that open will become the new norm for science in Canada. At least, not yet.
The non-profit Evidence for Democracy has released a framework to judge government policies based on the level of transparency around evidence.
COVID-19 has brought about new models of research coordination and knowledge mobilization that could endure long after the pandemic subsides. One of those models is CanCOVID—a virtual network where researchers, clinicians and healthcare professionals can communicate with each other in real time, and with industry and policymakers. Launched by Canada’s Departmental Science Advisor Network, it could transform Canada’s response to future crises.
In an open letter sent to the Prime Minister and Ministers Freeland and Bains, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) is calling for the position of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA) to be made permanent and for the CSA’s mandate to be expanded and updated.
On August 7, the deadline closed for submissions to the pre-budget consultations process ahead of the 2021 federal budget, and Canadian organizations have been publishing their recommendations and suggestions.
Saskatchewan approved a first-of-its-kind hydrogen production project; the Black Innovation Fellowship (BIF) at Ryerson’s DMZ announced a $1 million program expansion; Kitchener wearable tech company North will be sold to Google’s parent company Alphabet; and more.
A multidisciplinary team of 15 researchers and clinicians has been assembled by Canada’s Chief Science Advisor Mona Nemer to provide advice on scientific issues related to COVID-19.