Push for diversity, cooperation in the research community goes beyond ‘business as usual,’ say industry groups
By Emily HawsMay. 7, 2018
'There needs to be a greater alignment in terms of authority, responsibility, and accountability across the research councils,' says HealthCareCAN president and CEO Paul-Émile Cloutier.
Universities Canada president Paul Davidson said his organization wants 'to make sure that our institutions reflect contemporary Canada.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Observers are applauding the government’s decision to use this year’s budget to promote diversity amongst researchers and collaboration between the three main research granting councils, saying it shows the government is serious about science.
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Whereas last year’s budget was largely pitched at women, this year, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s final budget is focused on skills training to help older workers and youth adapt to a rapidly changing workforce.
Changes to address Indigenous language loss and child welfare are seen as ‘high priority,’ but with calls for broad amendments, the short timeframe left to pass bills C-91 and C-92 is a source of frustration for some.
Amid allegations of partisanship against Michael Wernick, Prof. Donald Savoie says he could stay as DM to the PM and secretary to cabinet, but another bureaucrat may be better suited as the public service head.
The Globe and Mail bureau chief's vast source list and eye for detail has helped him expose numerous government scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, which he broke with Steven Chase and Sean Fine.