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National strategy, focus on youth will spark innovation: experts

By Christopher Guly      

A little more than 30,000 students were involved in applied research projects in 2014-15, but as one expert at a Hill Times Events' panel discussion this morning pointed out, that's only three per cent of the college student population in Canada.

Denise Amyot, President of Colleges and Institutes Canada gives an address to a crowd at the Hill Times Events' panel discussion on Innovation. Sitting, from left, is Marc Fares, vice president digital technologies and innovation at Algonquin College; Guy Levesque vice president of programs and performance at the Canada Foundation for Innovation; moderator Catherine Clark; Kenneth Knox , chair of the Science, Technology & Innovation Council; and Bettina Hamelin, vice-president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Hill Times Events Photograph

With a federal government committed to positioning Canada as a global hub for innovation, the “stars are aligned” to establish a national strategy with strong partnerships to meet that goal, Kenneth Knox, chair of federal Science, Technology and Innovation Council, told an audience today at a Hill Times’ panel discussion on “sparking innovation” moderated by veteran broadcaster Catherine Clark.

Singh’s strong campaign an internal win, whatever the outcome, New Democrats say

Jagmeet Singh’s impressive campaign has ‘rescued’ and ‘refocused’ the NDP after the failed 2015 effort, Ed Broadbent says.

The astrophysicist whose polling aggregator is projecting the election

News|By Neil Moss
The mastermind behind 338Canada, poll aggregator Philippe Fournier, is aiming to correctly call 90 per cent of the seats in the Oct. 21 race.

Transition teams must be prepared for ‘unpredictable outcomes’ in minority situation, say former senior bureaucrats

News|By Mike Lapointe
The 'essence of clerkness' is continuity of government, says former PCO clerk Mel Cappe, who says he's 'strongly advised' current PCO clerk Ian Shugart to reach out to Andrew Scheer's team.

Preliminary data shows nearly 3 million tuned in to French debate, more than double 2015’s ratings

The viewership for the Leaders' Debates Commission's French debate was more than double the viewership for the TVA debate, preliminary data shows, and higher than the 2015 French consortium event.

‘It’s definitely in the top quadrant’: election campaign one of dirtiest in recent history, say political insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
This campaign is not defined by any overarching issue, and has become ‘personal’ and ‘ugly’ between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, says pollster and Ipsos president Darrell Bricker.

‘They’re really riled up here’: Conservatives circling Goodale’s lone Liberal seat in Saskatchewan

‘The numbers are holding very closely to what they were last time. It all depends on turnout,’ says the 31-year MP Ralph Goodale. 

Candidates scramble to outperform their competitors in the critical ground game ahead of next week’s election

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Ken Hardie says his team has set up get-out-the-vote ground operations in the riding to get all his supporters to the polling booths on election day.

Debt, deficit ‘not ballot booth issues’ for most Canadians: pollsters

Unlike in the last election, none of the major party leaders has promised to try and balance the budget within a four year mandate during this campaign.

If it’s a minority government, Liberals can stay in power even if Conservatives win more seats on Oct. 21, but could prompt public backlash

'Does that create a legitimacy question, for Trudeau to combine with Singh, or not? There’s no legal impediment to it,' says former CBC Parliament Hill bureau chief Elly Alboim.
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