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POLICY - SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks with reporters in Montreal on Jan. 29, 2018, after the sixth round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The deal was brokered in October. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

New NAFTA deal gets it right on digital trade

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.
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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.
Opinion|Natan Obed
Inuit are one of the most researched peoples in the world. Yet colonial approaches to research, in which our role is imagined as being marginal and of little value, remain commonplace. That needs to change.
Opinion|Paul Dufour
Attention to how taxpayers’ funds are spent is just as important as how much is spent.
The federal government ought to use its granting-agency funding structure to support research in centres of expertise and innovation without slashing funding to colleges and universities.
As the new financial plan comes together, post-secondary schools want 'complementary' funding for the administrative costs of research, student awards, and work-integrated learning.
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