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Suzanne Fortier, Sophie D’Amours and Guy Breton support the report

Read an opinion piece by the Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University, Sophie D’Amours, rector of Université Laval and Guy Breton, rector of Université de Montréal, published recently in The Gazette:

Excerpt:

…there’s never been a better time than now for Canada to become a world leader in science. The fact that our country has been relatively spared the political upheavals happening in the United States and Europe puts us in an excellent position to attract and retain the best researchers.

Our government has to act now. By increasing its support for researchers, it can give momentum to the entire country, to the lasting benefit all Canadians. We are convinced that with all the talent in our universities, the government’s efforts will soon bear fruit.

Read the full article here:

Opinion: It's time for Canada to reinvest in university research

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The Gazette: Opinion: A boost to federal medical research funding is essential

Read a recent opinion piece published in the Montreal Gazette by William D. Fraser, MD, is scientific director of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke. This article is co-signed by the scientific directors of the other FRQ-S research centres.

The Naylor Report, released earlier this year by the expert panel charged with reviewing the federal government’s support of fundamental science, points out that Canada is no longer among the top 30 nations in terms of investment in research. The report mentions that research and development spending in Canada has been on the decline for several years, representing just 1.69 per cent of the country’s gross national product in 2013 (the most recent data), compared to an average of 2.37 per cent in OECD countries. It emphasizes that the three federal granting agencies are severely underfunded, and strongly recommends a major federal reinvestment in health research.

It is our wish that the recommendations of this report be implemented immediately, to bring about beneficial, effective and sustainable change for the research of today and tomorrow. The resulting synergy between federal and provincial governments will enhance our research capacity, train tomorrow’s scientists, and provide tangible support for the development of a true knowledge society, for the greater benefit of all Canadians.

Read the full article here:

Opinion: A boost to federal medical research funding is essential

 

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Innovative science research in Canada is dying a silent death

Why should Canadians care about fundamental research funding? Kelly Marshall McNagny, a professor of medical genetics and the co-director of the Biomedical Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, provides this example:

It’s a question that affects Canadians, even if they may not feel that way. Let’s imagine, say, that a parent takes a child with extreme intestinal pain to the doctor. The child meets the medical dictionary’s description of feeling like he is trying to pass broken glass. The doctor’s diagnosis is Crohn’s disease, an increasingly common illness for which there are few effective treatments other than repeated painful surgeries. The parent experiences an all-too-common outrage: How, in this day and age, can there be no cure for this disease?

This is precisely what funding for basic research from the CIHR is designed to address. A huge reason we, today, live much longer and healthier lives than our parents and grandparents is due to a federal investment decades ago in discovering effective and innovative treatments and cures for a variety of diseases that plagued our ancestors.

Read the full story in MacLean’s

Innovative science research in Canada is dying a silent death
Opinion: Federal science funding continues to be cut, shuttering labs and slowing innovation. And Canadians should be mad.
Kelly Marshall McNagny
August 9, 2017

Innovative science research in Canada is dying a silent death

 

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Why the federal budget should act on all Naylor report recommendations: U of T

Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation, said the University of Toronto would like to see the Naylor recommendations fully implemented.

“The Fundamental Science Review presents a thoughtful, coherent plan that addresses all dimensions of Canada’s research system through a set of tightly linked recommendations.  We will continue to work with our university colleagues across Canada to encourage the government to act on all 35 recommendations made by the panel,” Goel said.

Read the full News story on University of Toronto’s website here:

Why the federal budget should act on all Naylor report recommendations: U of T

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Globe & Mail: Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy

Read an artible by Paul Armstrong and Carol Herbert – Opinion published in THE GLOBE AND MAIL
August 7, 2017
Paul Armstrong is an expert adviser with EvidenceNetwork.ca and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Alberta and founding Director of the Canadian VIGOUR Centre, a University of Alberta Research Centre devoted to enhancing cardiovascular health. He was the founding president of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Carol Herbert is Professor Emerita, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, Adjunct Professor at UBC School of Population & Public Health, and president of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

With Canada’s 150th birthday squarely in the rear-view mirror, we should now look to our future. Our government has been staking much on an “innovation economy” – if the regular speeches by various ministries are anything to go by. So how do we get there?

Follow the government’s own evidence and part of the answer is clear: invest in research.

Read the full article in The Globe and Mail: Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy

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Articles in Science and Nature on Fundamental research in Canada

Read two recent articles about the decline of fundamental research in Canada :

Canada’s basic science at risk of fading away, report argues
By Wayne Kondro, published inScience, June 28, 2017

Survey reveals basic research in Canada is falling by the wayside | The number of researchers who work on basic-science questions has dropped precipitously.
By Nicola Jones, published in Nature, 28 June 2017

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From UNESCO: Canada rehabilitating government science

From the UNESCO website:

Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary on 1 July 2017. Since the federal election in late 2015 brought a Liberal government to power after almost a decade of a Conservative administration, science and technology have been central to the country’s rebranding. Here, Paul Dufour, Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa and author of the chapter on Canada in the UNESCO Science Report, reviews some key policy developments in Canadian science since the report was published 19 months ago.

Read this article: Canada rehabilitating government science

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Trudeau government must invest in basic science: Editorial by Toronto Star

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan didn’t promise new investment for scientific research Wednesday. That’s a shame since it’s so important to the future of the country’s economy.

Read the full editorial in the Toronto Star:

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2017/07/03/trudeau-government-must-invest-in-basic-science-editorial.html