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Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured with now-Justice Minister David Lametti at a press conference last year. The minister's department, ISED, has been in talks with BIOTECanada about producing much-needed statistics on the biotechnology industry in Canada for more than a year, according to BIOTECanada head Andrew Casey. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

ISED working with BIOTECanada to get better, much-needed industry data

Recent reports on the industry don't deal with issues like firm size and employee talent levels, which are crucial to understanding an evolving industry, says BIOTECanada's Andrew Casey.
Firms are taking different approaches to a new political ad registry regime meant to protect against interference in the next election.
In the wake of some high-profile data and privacy scandals, the privacy commissioner's office is considering changes that could mean getting a person's explicit okay in all cases when their data is to be transferred across the border.
The Liberals, Conservatives, and NDP are all using texts to rally supporters, and their counterparts in the United States are leaning even more heavily on texting in their campaigns.
The agreement balances Canada’s national and business interests with regional economic progress and creates a stable foundation for long-term growth of the digital economy.
Opinion|Phil Russo
The push for emissions reductions and shift to greener fuel sources will boost the cost of doing business for fleets. That’s why government support to industry is important.
Canada’s chemistry industry has pledged to have all plastics packaging recyclable or recoverable by 2030.
Experts say the Canadian icebreaking fleet isn't sufficient for current or future needs. As climate change breaks Arctic ice, the ships will become more important for the security of communities and marine shipping routes.
Despite its immense value and future promise, the Stem Cell Network will soon cease to exist.
Feature|Emily Haws
‘His position requires him to challenge everything—he was not hired to surf on the status quo,’ says Shared Services VP Sarah Paquet.
Opinion|Teresa Scassa
Toronto’s Quayside development isn’t the first municipal project to use technology to gather data about infrastructure and human activity. Other projects haven’t attracted the governance debates that enfold Quayside—but perhaps they should.
Experts say they are excited about microgrids' potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy resilience.
The Trudeau government has left people in rural and remote areas to fend for themselves when it comes to internet connectivity. We’ll ensure that they have the internet access they need to get ahead.
Opinion|Mark Robbins
Canada’s ambition should be redirected into avenues that can likely bear fruit and that will successfully play to our competitive advantages. AI-enhanced government is one bright spot.
Opinion|David Wolfe
Canada’s challenge is that businesses have been slow to recognize the extent of the digital transformation, invest in software, and adopt new technologies.
From helping kids learn to code to providing new sources of capital for large projects, our aim is to drive productivity.
While 5G is making headlines, there are still communities in this country struggling for any reliable internet connection.
Politicized science policy can suffer, alongside politicians, a decline in public trust.
We can’t rely on American, Chinese, or Norwegian research to procure the scientific foundation on which to base the sustainable development of our North.
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