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To boost Canadian innovation, resist the lure of Silicon Valley

By David Crane      

We have to focus much more on what we can do, and this has to be led by Canadian companies and individuals to drive innovation-led growth. This is why the scale-up of Canadian companies is critical.

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, picture on Jan. 28, 2020 on the Hill with Health Minister Patty Hajdu. We badly need, as some of us have argued for some time, a new look at how we build an innovative economy, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—Kitchener-Waterloo made a big deal out of attracting Google to set up a large R&D branch plant in an old industrial building there. Not to be outdone, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the early days of his government, made a high-profile visit lauding Google’s expanding R&D branch plant. He wanted Google to play a bigger role in Canada.

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Putin’s nuclear threats demonstrate need to abolish nuclear weapons, say top advocates

News|By Dennis Kovtun 11:44 AM ET
After he attacked Ukraine, Russian leader Vladimir Putin often rattled his nuclear sabre. Disarmament advocates say this is a reminder that the West, and the world, should work on ridding themselves of nuclear weapons.

Backbench Liberals shift from government in push for tougher response to Israel

News|By Neil Moss
A group of Liberal MPs have taken to social media to step ahead of the government and condemn Israel's actions.

Poilievre’s YouTube channel a way to talk directly to voters, but the platform may build ‘deeper popularity in a smaller group’

News|By Ian Campbell
Experts in social media and digital politics say that Pierre Poilievre is seeking to bypass the media and talk directly to voters with his extensive use of online video on platforms like YouTube.

Too soon to gauge staying power of ‘freedom’ theme in Conservative politics, now at fore of leadership race, say strategists

News|By Mike Lapointe
The political rhetoric surrounding 'freedom' isn't necessarily new, says Yan Plante, but the pandemic put an even greater emphasis on it and has a chance to grow deeper roots depending on who wins the Conservative race.

Map quest: four provinces reach key stage of electoral redistribution process

B.C. is jumping from 43 to 44 ridings, and the province’s proposed new electoral district is being carved out of its southern interior, between Vernon and Kelowna.

Impoverished Canadians accessing MAiD victims of ‘systemic coercion,’ say disability advocates

News|By Stuart Benson
Parliamentarians were told they did not properly consult the disabled community, and urged to pause expansion to persons with mental illnesses as sole underlying condition in 2023.

Brown rips Poilievre over ‘slow and selective’ response to Buffalo shooting, as politicians of all stripes denounce ‘white replacement theory’

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Any and all racism is evil and must be stopped,' says Conservative MP and party leadership hopeful Pierre Poilievre. 'Any individual who engages in racism is personally responsible for his behaviour.'

Security key factor in successful Block 2 design that will complete ‘Parliament square’

Now, negotiations begin with Zeidler Architecture Inc. and David Chipperfield Architects to finalize the contract by fall, with construction expected to begin within 18 to 24 months.

Alberta court decision a chance to fix flawed environmental impact assessment regime, says Green MP May

The government says it plans to appeal the May 10 Alberta Court of Appeal decision that found the Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional because it infringes on provincial jurisdiction.
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