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CSPC Editorials

Canadian Science Policy Conference 2018

29/10/2018
Paul Dufour
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of CSPC conferences, it is perhaps worth remembering one of the keynotes at the very first event in 2009. The...
19/10/2018
Dr. Tom Corr
One of the frequently cited barriers to commercialization in Canada is that industry, academia, investors, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs...
12/10/2018
Joseph S Sparling, PhD
For decades now research funding in Canada has failed to keep pace with the constant pressure to increase productivity and output in order to...
12/10/2018
Milton Friesen
The Canadian Science Policy Centre Strategic Plan asserts that “Embracing and synthesizing [ ] diverse perspectives and collaborating across...
10/10/2018
Joseph Tafese
What place does inclusion have in science? What value does it bring to the table? Is it practical to incorporate this into the very fabric of how we...
10/10/2018
Eva Greyeyes
Inclusivity, “going beyond the slogans” is action, not empty promises. Inclusivity means increasing access, which means increased spending in the...
10/10/2018
Monique Crichlow
Chris Loken, Ph.D
In the 2018 federal budget, the government of Canada committed funds to implement a national Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Strategy. Central...

Cannabis Act (C-45)

28/09/2018
R.A. Ross and H. Kalant
Professor Ruth Ross is Chair of the Dept of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at CAMH. Professor Harold...
20/08/2018
Denise Amyot
It’s official. On October 17, Canada will become just the second country in the world to fully legalize the recreational use and possession of...
20/08/2018
Dr. Yuna Kim
Dr. Shaun P. Young
Bill C-45 – the Cannabis Act – received Royal Assent on 21 June 2018, and as of 17 October 2018, the recreational use of cannabis will be legal in...
20/08/2018
Dr. David Conn
Dr. Jonathan Bertram
Rand Teed
Indira Fernando
The legalization of Cannabis steadfastly approaches our nation this fall. Canada stands out as the first of the G7 countries to adopt such a...
02/08/2018
Kira London-Nadeau
In early June 2018, Bill 157 – Québec’s provincial regulations document for the legalization of nonmedical cannabis – was voted in by the National...

G7 Summit on Climate Change, Oceans, and Clean Energy

10/09/2018
L.D. Danny Harvey
Article 2, Section 1a of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change (UNFCCC, 2015), to which Canada is party, adopted as its goal, “Holding the...
24/07/2018
Andrew Harris
Unfortunately, we are not past the discussion period. We need to continue to convince others that the climate is changing and that their actions do...

Editorials 2018

16/05/2018
Cornelya F. C. Klütsch and Catarina C. Ferreira
The Canadian scientific community is delighted that the federal government has fully committed to evidence-based decision-making with a historical...
28/02/2018
Aled Edwards and Aidan Hollis
A recent study claims that almost 1 million Canadians give up food and heat to afford prescriptions. This is just a harbinger of things to come...

Science & Innovation in Federal Budget 2018

07/03/2018
Hon. Kirsty Duncan and Mehrdad Hariri
On Monday afternoon, the Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Kirsty Duncan spoke with Canadian Science Policy...
06/03/2018
Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety
Budget 2018, Equality Growth: A Strong Middle Class has proposed unprecedented support for Canadian health research and innovation through an...
06/03/2018
Clare Beckton
Finally, a budget that examined every measure through a gender lens to bring life to the goals of this government to create equality in Canada. What...
06/03/2018
Russ Roberts, PhD
The 2018 Budget heavily bets the welfare of Canadians on investments in science and technological innovation, seemingly ignoring the core issue with...
06/03/2018
Dr. Imogen R. Coe
Until about three weeks ago, I had never heard of the budget lockup. Scientists don’t get much training in policy and little regular exposure to...
06/03/2018
Mehrdad Hariri and Janet Halliwell
After much anticipation, the Canadian scientific community has much to celebrate about the Federal Budget 2018 for two historic shifts; first a...
06/03/2018
Denise Amyot
With its third Budget, “Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class,” the Government of Canada has set the objective of building an equal, competitive,...
05/03/2018
Michael Tremblay
Mid-mandate budgets have a reputation for being underwhelming. While Budget 2018 is prudent, it reiterates that the federal government understands...
05/03/2018
Gordon C. McCauley
Canadian life sciences can lead the world – but we’re not there yet. The good news is we now have many of the tools to get there. “Equality +...
05/03/2018
Alan Bernstein and John Hepburn
Budget 2018 is excellent news for Canadian science. It represents a balanced and strategic approach to the operational, infrastructure and personnel...
02/03/2018
Paul Davidson
Canada’s research community mobilized this past year as never before to make the case for major reinvestment in our federal research ecosystem. With...
02/03/2018
Dr. Art McDonald
Our present government stated that they plan to use evidence-based decision-making. Their approach to fundamental science priorities in the 2018...
02/03/2018
Kelly Hodgins and Evan Fraser
The federal budget contains two seemingly unrelated themes that will position the Canada’s agri-food sector to boost economic growth. These themes...
02/03/2018
Dr. Sushanta Mitra
Earlier this week Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled his third federal budget in the House of Commons. The budget, entitled Equality Growth: A...
02/03/2018
Fayyaz Baqir
Canadian budget 2018 choreographs a politically correct move to harvest diversity dividend by supporting inclusive initiatives for women, indigenous...
28/02/2018
Robert Luke
The federal government's Budget 2018 is an advance for the science, research and innovation communities. The overall approach to gender equity,...
23/02/2018
Paul Dufour
Last week, the current federal Finance Minister indicated that it is time to invest back in science, skills and research in the coming budget. Indeed...

Perspectives on the Importance of Women in Science

14/03/2018
Liliana Caballero
Decades have passed since the first policies oriented to support women in the sciences were launched. North American funding agencies, as well as...
13/03/2018
Puja Bagri
I am a first-generation Canadian born to immigrant parents, a first-generation post-secondary degree holder, and a woman of colour pursuing a...
12/03/2018
Kathryn Hayashi
For decades we have wrestled with the disturbing statistics about gender balance in STEM, showing lower participation by women in STEM careers,...
12/03/2018
Noeline Subramaniam
I was always taught to let my work speak for itself and eventually, I’d reap the benefits of my hard work. However, once I began my research training...
12/03/2018
Ana Sofia Barrows
Microaggressions are subtle derogatory messages that are communicated to an individual or group of individuals. In many occasions, they come from...
12/03/2018
Sarah Kawesa
As a woman in science I have experienced many challenges. While working as a graduate student, I felt fortunate that I was surrounded by both female...
12/03/2018
Fayyaz Baqir
Women’s contribution to sciences is not well recognized due to men’s inability to see the obvious. If it was not for women the human race would not...
12/03/2018
Karimah Es Sabar
We’ve come a long way since the days of Harriet Brooks, Canada’s first female nuclear physicist. Harriet, who is often considered one of the greatest...
12/03/2018
Dr. Betsy McGregor
Visited a toy store lately? Pink and blue aisles are still a reality! But as Barbie turns 59, she’s competing for shelf-space with an exciting...

Canadian Science Policy Conference 2017

09/11/2017
Paul Dufour
We suggest that government funding of basic research should emphasize quality rather than quantity, that the social sciences, multidisciplinary...
27/10/2017
Bev Holmes and Patrick Odnokon
The review on fundamental research commissioned by Federal Minister of Science Kristy Duncan has generated significant buzz.  It has also...
10/10/2017
Gabriel Miller
One day, the U.S. president is taunting North Korea, treating nuclear conflict like it’s WrestleMania. The next, he glibly dismisses racial injustice...
10/10/2017
Margot A. Hurlbert
CSPC 2017 Panel 318-323: Addressing Major Global Challenges through Science and Public Policy Climate Change is a wicked and unwieldy problem...
09/10/2017
Marc Saner
Is there such a thing as common advice for boundary organizations, organizations that link knowledge with decision-making? Let me start by...
07/10/2017
Emily Cross
Action Needed to Aid Women and Girls in Science in Northern/Remote Communities When I meet other scientists, I am proud to say that I come from...
07/10/2017
Robert Haché and David Phipps
Canada’s impact agenda is everyone’s agenda Academic research delivers economic, cultural, social, health and environmental impact. This fact was...
07/10/2017
Fabio Balli
The un-editorial: How do we forge ahead? How to start an editorial as a new contributor to CSPC? How to build on the existing knowledge? How to...
06/10/2017
Alan Shapiro
A recent poll commissioned by the Ontario Science Centre paints an alarming picture of the public perception of science in Canada (http://www.cbc.ca/...
06/10/2017
Dr. Betsy McGregor
Missing Numbers - Missing Voices: Closing the Gender Gap in STEM “Oh, that’s the spouse’s club.” replied the person next to me at the back of the...
02/10/2017
Dr. David Bailey
Digital, physical, and biological systems are coming together in what is being called the 4th Industrial Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution...
01/10/2017
Brenda Brouwer
Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” It follows that if you...
28/09/2017
Dr. Mark Poznansky
The Canadian Government, now over a number of decades has talked about job and wealth creation through innovation, about securing a future based on...
28/09/2017
Dr. Donald Stuss
Science is at somewhat of a standstill when we helicopter out and look at the immense challenges before us. There is no question that meaningful...
26/09/2017
Melanie Martin
  The past offers a guide to the future When I started my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Manitoba in 1991, I knew I...
26/09/2017
Fayyaz Baqir
The new millennium has brought new hopes and challenges for the global community. The end of cold war supposed to lead to a lasting peace generated...

Celebrating Canada's 150 Anniversary

13/06/2017
Feridun Hamdullahpur
As Canada celebrates its 150 years, it is a good time to reflect on the discoveries, innovations, and research that Canada has cause to be proud of...
21/06/2017
David J. Scott
The Arctic covers an immense area of Canada, about 40 percent of our territory. Scientists have been undertaking leading-edge research in the North...

Science and Innovation in Federal Budget 2017

29/03/2017
Christine Tausig Ford
With a focus on skills and innovation, the federal government’s Budget 2017 aims to position Canadians for a changing economy and society. And while...
29/03/2017
Tina Saryeddine, David Hill, Bill Tholl
Tina Saryeddine Executive Director, Research...
29/03/2017
Dr. Jim Woodgett
Last year’s Federal budget contained a number of significant dollar boosts for Canadian research but, more importantly, the language behind the...
29/03/2017
Serge Buy
The Liberal government was elected in 2015 with a platform promising significant investments in agricultural research.  The mandate letter given...
29/03/2017
Louise Binder
Pundits have shaken, stirred, turned upside down the federal budget for the last crumbs. I am left to comment on that pesky pea, hard to find but...

Reflections on the upcoming first year in power of the new administration

08/03/2017
Imogen Coe
The hit movie Hidden Figures celebrates the three African-American women mathematicians who helped NASA win the race to space in 1961. Much has been...
10/11/2016
Hon. Kirsty Duncan
  What a difference a year can make. This time last year, I had the honour of presenting my first major speech as Canada’s new Minister of...
17/10/2016
Paul Dufour
Coming up to its first anniversary in power, the Trudeau administration is coping with many consultations and challenges. This high expectations path...
06/11/2016
Jim Woodgett
  Justin Trudeau made clear in his letters of mandate to Ministers, as well as later in his government’s inaugural budget, that he intended a...
08/02/2017
Catarina C. Ferreira and Martin Geiger
Catarina C. Ferreira, PhD Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biology Trent University, Peterborough http://www....

Science and Diplomacy

17/10/2016
Daryl Copeland
  In February 2016, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences hosted a meeting that was convened by the Science and Technology Advisers to the...
25/10/2016
Elliot Gunn
  On 21 September, 2016, policymakers, researchers, and non-governmental actors paid close attention to the High-level Meeting on...

A New Innovation Agenda for Canada: What are we building?

21/09/2016
Elizabeth Cannon, PhD
Last year at the Paris climate change conference, Canada and 194 other countries committed to combat climate change through innovation and low carbon...
21/09/2016
Denise Amyot
Across Canada, inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs are dreaming up the world of tomorrow. Through bold acts of ingenuity, they are continuously...
25/10/2016
Professor Deborah Buszard
UBC’s Okanagan campus offers an outstanding case study in driving regional socio-economic development through innovation. In its first decade, UBC...
21/09/2016
Paul Salvini, PhD
Most of the discussions I’ve had with Canada’s business leaders around the topic of innovation have a common theme: how to succeed in a world of...
21/09/2016
David McInnes
What would you guess is the single most important ingredient in modern food production? Good seeds? Rainfall? Fertilizer? The surprising answer is...
21/09/2016
M. Cynthia Goh, Scott McAuley, David McMillen
M. Cynthia Goh, PhD Director, Impact Centre, University of Toronto Professor, Departments of Chemistry, Material Science and Engineering,...
21/09/2016
Zayna Khayat, PhD
 The federal government has a bold vision to rebrand Canada as an innovation nation. However, the reality is that you can not play to win in...
21/09/2016
Richard McAloney, PhD and Emina Veletanlić, MSc
Richard McAloney, PhD Director, Technology Management...
21/09/2016
Charles Plant
Canada’s lack of venture capital funding has been denounced consistently in studies and think tank reports, and by the media, entrepreneurs, and even...
26/09/2016
Donna Heslin, MSc
The federal government is looking to create, “an inclusive plan to foster a confident nation of innovators—one that is globally competitive in...

Science Funding

26/09/2016
Hon. Kirsty Duncan
  Op Ed – Review of Basic Science Canadians have come to expect their government to engage them in meaningful dialogue about the future of...
11/10/2016
Lorne A. Babiuk
The launch of the Government of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review sends an important message to Albertans and Canadians: discovery-driven,...
03/11/2016
Holly Witteman
  In the last round of a major Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding competition, female mid-career and senior applicants had...
11/10/2016
Laura Coristine, Jeremy Pittman, Richard Schuster
Laura Coristine, PhD Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow Faculty of Environmental Design University of Calgary Jeremy Pittman, PhD Liber Ero...

Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM)

14/09/2016
John Frank MD, CCFP, MSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, FFPH, FRSE
Public health research boasts few success stories of its policy influence in recent years. Consider the examples of the obesity pandemic, and health...
12/10/2016
Shaun Young, DPhil
The issues faced by Canadian society are increasingly complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral in nature, and global in scope and impact. To...

Clean Energy and Climate Change as Global Priorities: Implications for Canada?

26/09/2016
Gord Campbell, BASc, MASc, PhD, PEng, CCE
  Background Canadians are aware of global warming but most do not understand the seriousness of the implications. The factors affecting...
25/10/2016
Stephen Yarrow
Climate change stands to affect almost every industry but there are few that will be impacted as much as agriculture. With temperatures expected to...
26/09/2016
Marc McArthur
  Canada is big, cold and empty (relatively speaking) with a large resource base below ground. Thermodynamically the news about our per-...
26/09/2016
Ernesto Icogo
  Over the past few years, there has been a continuous upward trend in clean energy technological breakthroughs, an unimpeded downward trend...
26/09/2016
Marc McArthur
  With contributions from Mahmoud Masaeli, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa We are...

Chief Science Officer for Canada; Insights and Recommendations

29/03/2016
Ted Hsu
Canada needs science-informed decision making for better government, irrespective of the political stripe of the party in power. Therefore I believe...
24/03/2016
Tom Brzustowski
There is talk in Ottawa of appointing a Chief Science Officer. That’s a good thing because Canada needs one urgently. When science is starting to be...
24/03/2016
Kamiel S. Gabriel
A general problem common to all governments, at least in the Western world, is the inherent difficulty of achieving both scientific credibility and...
31/03/2016
The Science Advisory Committee, PIPSC
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) represents more than 15,000 federal scientists and other professionals employed by...
31/03/2016
Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
Canada’s Chief Science officer will inherit a conflicted environment in terms of science policy. This dualistic landscape is conformed, on the one...
31/03/2016
Mehrdad Hariri
The mandate letter for Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan specifies that the position of a Chief Science Officer be created. This, the letter states,...
24/03/2016
Ron Freedman
(Re-)appointing a Chief Science Officer for Canada would undoubtedly raise the spirits of many in Canada’s S&T community, at least temporarily....

CSPC 2015 Opinions

31/03/2016
Jim Ghadbane
One of the most interesting figures for me in Budget 2016 is the number 43, that wasn’t actually in the Budget itself. It is the percentage increase...
30/03/2016
Andrew Casey
Not surprisingly, the March 22 Budget delivered by Finance Minister Morneau was a comprehensive set of policy measures and initiatives designed to...
29/03/2016
Paul Dufour
My great uncle, Paul Larose, was a distinguished chemist at the NRC during the WWII era. His expertise was in textiles (especially wool materials)....
29/03/2016
Paul Davidson
March 22nd was a good day for higher education, research and innovation in Canada.  The federal government called the country’s universities...
29/03/2016
Kristin Baetz, PhD
President of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences Director of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology Canada Research Chair in Chemical...
29/03/2016
Mehrdad Hariri
The new government’s first federal budget was announced on Tuesday. As expected, and to general praise—except, perhaps, regarding the magnitude of...
29/03/2016
Ted Hsu
The day after Budget Day 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Queen’s University’s Three Minute Thesis competition, where graduate...
29/03/2016
Marc Boucher
The Federal Budget brought a mild surprise and welcome news to the space community in that the government provided a specific funding dollar amount...
29/03/2016
Russ Roberts, PhD
The federal government's decision not to change the stock option regime, because of its importance to Canadian start-ups, is important beyond simply...
24/03/2016
Tom Brzustowski
Budget 2016 had been touted as the herald of change, and there was much in the Finance Minister’s speech to signal that change was coming. The word “...
24/03/2016
Jim Woodgett
During the long Summer/Fall, 2015 General Election campaign, the Liberal Party of Canada campaigned on a number of issues that resonated with...
07/03/2016
Mehrdad Hariri
In mid February, I attended the 194th annual meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), the world’s largest general...
29/02/2016
Tim Lougheed
When a mysterious disease began killing homosexual men and haemophiliacs in the early 1980s, American society was spooked by the implications and the...
15/12/2015
Daryl Copeland
Author's Note: This article is based in part upon introductory notes prepared for an address delivered at “Diaspora Scientist: Canada’s...
08/12/2015
Craig Stephen DVM PhD
Executive Director, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative Professor, University of Saskatchewan Canada’s 2013-2016 Federal Sustainable...
26/11/2015
Naser Faruqui
I am moderating a panel on open science for development today at the Canadian Science Policy Conference. The focus is on open access (OA) to...
26/11/2015
Suzanne Kettley
Open access, the practice of providing free and unrestricted online access to the products of research, is of growing importance to our scholarly...
24/11/2015
Jennifer Flanagan
Youth in Canada are incredibly enthusiastic when it comes to using new technology. Their day-to-day engagement seems natural and effortless,...
18/11/2015
Professor Rolf Heuer
In the field that I know best, fundamental physics, Canada is a major player on the international stage, and Canada is better off domestically as a...
28/10/2015
Timothy I. Meyer
I was in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. And even though I’m actually American, I knew the right team won the hockey championship. I...
21/10/2015
Daryl Copeland
We cannot solve the problems we have created with the same thinking we used in creating them. - Albert Einstein During the recent federal...
Catherine Beaudry
19/10/2015
Catherine Beaudry (Professor, Department of Mathematical and Industrial Engineering)  Melik Bouhadra (M.Sc.A Student, Innovation Management) Many...
13/10/2015
Paul Dufour
Absorbing the latest news surrounding the federal election, one might be surprised to see the occasional reference to the role of science and...
07/10/2015
Steph Taylor
With less than two weeks to go until election day, this has been an unusual election. It's the longest in modern Canadian history. It's the...