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One of the key faults of the Harper Conservatives’ science policy was their emphasis on applied research to the detriment of basic, curiosity driven research. Obviously there needs to be a balance between any government’s approach to those two kinds of research, neither polar opposite is appropriate. But the Conservatives were way out of wack…

I’ll be attending upcoming Canadian Library Association National Forum, a kind of sunset conference as CLA reimagines and recreates itself. The idea is to take the pulse of Canadian librarians on the important issues in the library-related landscape. I’ll be curating the session on Canada’s National Digital Strategy, including presentations by me and two others,…

The town of Fort McMurray, Alberta and it’s surrounding region are experiencing a horrific wildfire. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. The absolute most important thing in the short and medium term is to take care of the people of Fort McMurray. Yes, Fort McMurray is the hub of tar sands…

Or at least a certain corner of Canadian politics. For some definitions of “blow up.” For those not followong Canadian politics, our more-or-less socialist party, The New Democratic Party, recently held a policy convention where they also held a leadership review vote. The current leader, Tom Mulcair, lost the vote and as a result the…

We have a Steacie Library Hackfest coming up and our there this year is Making a Difference with Data. And what better area to make a difference in than the environment and climate change? I am far from an expert on this topic, so suggestions for additions (and deletions if I’ve added anything inappropriate) are…

I think this post might signal the birth of a new all-consuming blogging obsession — climate change in general and specifically how the realities of climate change play out in the Canadian context, especially as it relates to public policy. With the COP21 climate talks coming up in Paris, this seems like as good a…

As I’ve extensively chronicled, Canadian government science had some pretty rough years under the government of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But Canada has a new government, a new prime minister in Justin Trudeau and a new cabinet. Kirsty Duncan, an actual scientist who worked on the IPPC, has been appointed Science Minister. Come to…

As you can all imagine, I’m quite pleased to see the backside of the Harper government on their way out the door. Of course, the Liberals have promised a lot but only time will tell how serious they are about fixing the science-related stuff that they’ve promised to fix. I’ll definitely be watching that and…

Though not explicitly tied to our current federal election campaign, the début this week of the Science Integrity Project and the publishing of their Statement of Principles for Sound Decision Making in Canada just as the campaign heats up is surely not coincidental. In any case, election or not, this is a wonderful initiative and…

One of the real highlights for me every year is the late-summer announcement of the Lane Anderson Awards short list. From their website here: Today, we are excited to announce the finalists for the best Canadian science books written in 2014. Our jury panels evaluated submissions in two categories – adult and young readers. They…

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