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Budget 2017 falls short in support for discovery research

The board of the CSMB supports significant measures in the federal government’s 2017 budget to improve skills training, to advance gender equity, to attract foreign talent and to support the National Research Council. However, we are surprised and disappointed that besides some modest targeted investments into programs such as the Stem Cell network, the budget does not contain any new resources for discovery research, especially for the open competitions at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). […]

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Budget 2017: Important Health and Innovation Investments with Uncertainty for Fundamental Science

OTTAWA, March 23, 2017 – The Trudeau Government’s 2017 Budget, Building a Strong Middle Class, makes important strategic investments in “superclusters”, stem cell research, opioid research, mental and Indigenous health. However, while taking steps to accelerate Canada’s innovation economy, the budget does not close the critical funding gap for Canada’s granting councils, prolonging uncertainty with respect to Canada’s commitment to growing a strong scientific foundation. […]

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Unhealthy habits cost Canadians 6 years of life

Unhealthy habits are costing Canadians an estimated six years of life, according to a study published today in PLOS Medicine. Researchers found that smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity, and unhealthy alcohol consumption contribute to about 50 percent of deaths in Canada. […]