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Policy Briefing: Research & Innovation
CCAAM is ready to replace animal testing with the newer alternatives—testing on stem cells and developing treatments for individual human health circumstances. They just need commitment from the federal government to turn ideas into action and Canada can keep pace with the world. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Science is a key building block for the economy

But over the last decade, funding cuts have compounded a general attack on evidence-based analysis leading away the brightest and best researchers and scientists from federal institutions and universities.
Opinion|Joy Johnson
With partnerships at the heart of innovation in Canada’s superclusters, look for universities to play a key role in their success.
'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.
Although there are many issues impacting the 'now' of Canada’s political economy, the issue of when and how the government will acknowledge this most recent reanimation of capitalism looms like a shadow over our digital industries.
The world’s research community is taking notice and many scientists are now seeing a brighter future for themselves in our country.
The Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy, worth $572.5-million over five years, will 'help researchers collaborate and solve challenges around issues such as health, climate change, and food and cyber security,' Minister Kirsty Duncan said.
Through innovative initiatives like D3 and SCALE.AI, universities are making space for the next generation of researchers to develop new technologies and new solutions for society. It is my hope that this start-up spirit of innovation will remain at the heart of university research for years to come.
A sharing economy frees up capital and human resources because there is necessarily less demand for new things. We need to reallocate these resources to improving the quality and performance of the existing built environment.
The University of Victoria has established an International Technology Office to recognize and promote international standards created by the World Data System. Canada demonstrated its potential for global leadership as host to the 2017 meeting of the international Research Data Alliance.
If Ottawa doesn’t adjust its program to reality, we should conclude that belonging to Canada is harmful to Québec, whose economy is definitely more future-oriented than that of Canada, which is still tied to the 20th century even if it refuses to admit it.
The more fortunate among us hold life-changing technologies in the palm of our hand. But if we reach out to Canada’s least equipped for the digital economy, a more prosperous future for all is within our grasp.
News|Neil Moss
As Liberals invest in low orbiting satellites for rural broadband coverage, others prefer a focus on fibre.
Modernizing procurement will open the door to more widespread commercialization of new medical technologies, with humans and machines working hand-in-hand.
While Canada has the talent, the capabilities and the passion, it is up to our government to ensure that our innovation thrives.
The federal innovation minister is spending 2018 overseeing the implementation of major industry programs and rolling out the government's new strategy on intellectual property.
While the Liberals produced the largest-ever one-time investment for scientific research in a federal budget, they didn't fulfill all of the recommendations of the Naylor report.
The new federal accessibility legislation, and the complementary programs and other supports that will accompany it, must incorporate this reality and provide adequate resources to support the achievement of the Government of Canada's goal of a truly accessible country.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains unveiled his $85-million intellectual property strategy on World IP Day on April 26, largely to praise from industry.
Opinion|Paul Dufour
While the Naylor expert panel may have missed some opportunities to weigh in on other challenges affecting Canada’s complex knowledge governance structures, we can address some of these other critical gaps underscored by the panel.
Opinion|Art Eggleton
A technological revolution is at our doorstep. It’s time we started to figure out how it can transform Canadian health care for the better.

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