There’s a federal election in Canada this Fall and all of the political parties are already jockeying for attention of potential voters who are largely focused on enjoying the few months of sunny weather prior to the inevitable freeze. Until the writ drops, the parties are relatively unrestricted in what they communicate and spend on advertising — testing voters to…
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We have all had those experiments that theoretically should work but don’t or those projects that no matter what you do there seems to be no progress. Or endless protocol optimization that seems to go nowhere. Not to mention the endless fellowship or studentship applications that all come back unfunded. Science is full of failure. But we persist, and occasionally if…
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Young Researchers across Canada Receive Support for Skills and Training

Our government understands that when we give our budding researchers the opportunity to learn and grow, we invest in the future of our economy and the next generation of innovators. Today, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of $29.6 million…
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The federal Minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, announced today an investment of $150 million over five years by the Government of Canada for the creation of the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres network. The network, which includes BC Cancer and is led by the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), will unite cancer centres across Canada for the first time, accelerating…
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Marketing Your Published To-Be Paper

Finally conquered that PhD?  Your paper just got accepted? Is your manuscript weeks away from being published? Now what? Postdoctoral researcher and free lance science writer Dr. Anthea Lacchia, who previously worked in the Nature Press Office, and former UBC Medicine Communications Officer Brian Kladko have an array of tips on how to market your publication to its fullest potential. Anthea…
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Following on the announcement in Budget 2019, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are pleased to announce that the duration of a paid parental leave for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supported by the agencies is being doubled. The maximum duration will be twelve months…
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A tentative agreement reached between the Trudeau government and Canada’s scientists would lock in their right to speak to the media about science and their work for another four years. The “scientific integrity” clause was first written into a 2017 collective agreement and enshrined the right to speak about science and their research without being designated a departmental spokesperson. The Liberals, under Prime Minister…
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Collaborations between college researchers and businesses help our local and national economies thrive and get young Canadians prepared for the jobs of the future. Canada’s colleges are at the heart of our communities across the country and fuel research that helps businesses innovate and grow. Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced funding of over $73 million through…
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With vaccination, early detection, and effective management, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer. Yet, in 2017, approximately 1,550 Canadian women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and an estimated 400 died from it. Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $10 million over 5 years from the Government…
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Broadening the representation and leadership of women in science and engineering continues to be both a focus and a challenge for Canada and the global world. Gender diversity brings a mixture of perspectives and skills on topics from salary disparity to sexual harassment that strengthens the fabric of the academic setting and workforce. Recently, the University of British Columbia, together with the…
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