While jobs in domains related to science, technology, engineering, and math are growing three times faster than other parts of the economy and paying 12 per cent higher, these jobs employ less than 25 per cent women. The Senate Open Caucus recently heard some ways we can help change that.
Elsie MacGill, an aircraft designer and Canada’s first female engineer, was featured in this comic book story in the January 1942 issue of True Comics. If she were alive today, ask Senators Art Eggleton and Raymonde Saint-Germain, would she be impressed that 20 per cent of Canada’s post-secondary STEM-field students are female? Image courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
We recently celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and there’s much to celebrate—but also, much work to do.
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With government expenditures approaching a half trillion dollars over the course of the pandemic, spending allocated to forward-looking research and innovation is comparatively small, with a number of science and policy experts saying Canada needs to ramp up to keep up with some of our international allies.
Some MPs and experts are crying foul over changes to the Canada Elections Act in the ‘omnibus’ Bill C-30, which Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer says should not be used to bring in ‘fundamental’ changes to the law.
CSC says the external reviewers act as a ‘key safeguard’ to the new ‘structured intervention unit' approach, but the researchers say it's precisely that ‘legitimacy’ the oversight lends that makes its failure a problem.