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View Ted Hsu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Okay.
Is this the only study that has picked out the difference between male and female trends in high radon regions over time?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Speaking of the fact that this money would support medical and industrial isotope production as well as nuclear science, how much has been earmarked for isotope production at Chalk River? Is there any funding for research into isotope production at any other facilities, such as the TRIUMF with its cyclotron particle accelerator?
View John McKay Profile
Lib. (ON)
Again, it would be helpful if that information were tabled, because on the face of it, there seems to be a contradiction between what the minister says and how Bloomberg is ranking it.
The final question has to do with a statement that was put before this committee by Professor Martin. He said:
If I could make a recommendation, it would be to not stop supporting the existing people and the ones who are out there, but to focus a little bit more attention and energy,...on supporting the smaller companies and ideas and entrepreneurs and helping them move through the process so they can become the bigger companies. As a researcher, I have no mechanism to do that now. I have to find a big company that is willing to give me a big amount of money....
Apparently Mitacs invests in innovation but not in the start-up phases that universities are advocating, yet there's an increase in support for Mitacs of 50%. What's your explanation of what the professor is recommending versus the decision by the government to increase the funding for Mitacs? I don't think he's actually objecting to the increase in funding to Mitacs.
View Judy A. Sgro Profile
Lib. (ON)
It should be both of them, without question.
Going back to you, Mr. Lavoie, I thought it was really interesting to hear you talk about the makerspaces and how that really came together independent of government. Could you elaborate a little more? I thought it was quite fascinating.
View Kirsty Duncan Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I really do appreciate the fairness in this committee. I want to recognize that.
I want to say thank you to all of you. These were excellent presentations.
I will begin with Ms. Linklater and Ms. Khazall—soon to be Dr. Linklater and Dr. Khazall, we hope.
At the university we have many young women at the bachelor's level—in fact, more than young men now—but we lose them going to the master's and the Ph.D. levels. I'm wondering if you have thoughts on why.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2015-03-25 16:16
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Ross, at the outset of your remarks you decried the lack of leadership on this issue and you concluded with four specific recommendations. If I have them right, you recommended increased funding for research and data collection, a way for sharing best practices among law enforcement and those in the system, diagnostic centres, and case managers.
I find it interesting that none of the recommendations that you presented to us involved legislative change. They all involve the allocation of resources.
Ms. Elspeth Ross: Well, that's—
Mr. Sean Casey: Just let me finish this.
I don't fault you for that. I guess my point is that all too often what we see from government is an amendment to the Criminal Code to cure all ills, as opposed to fiscal and other solutions.
Those are the recommendations you've put forward. Can you describe for me the present state of affairs with respect to each of them? You've said that they need to be built upon. Can you give us some anecdotes or some sense of where R and D, where best practice sharing, where diagnostic centres, where case manager positions are at the present time?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Irving, I marvelled at hearing that a box of tissues adds about 35 times the value of a piece of wood, or of the tree. I mean, I would have had no idea. I don't know how that compares with what the various plastics are related to the value of a barrel of oil, for example, or natural gas.
It seems to me that part of the challenge going forward is going beyond that multiple, going to higher multiples, obviously. What do you foresee as the opportunities, in terms of the innovation and R and D that you're aware of, that hold promise for the future?
View Mark Eyking Profile
Lib. (NS)
Kerry, don't let Mr. Allen go near that cellphone. He'll shut your vents, and he'll shut the fans off, and you will be in big trouble. It takes one button. I know. My brother has egg-laying birds, and it's pretty scary when you have 20,000 birds and something gets shut off.
Farmers are the largest landowners in the country when you look at it, so when things happen with climate change, they impact you big time. Sometimes that's advantageous.
My first question is what opportunities not involving producing food do you see? I mean things like wind energy or agritourism or.... What do you see? You're talking to farmers right across this country. What are farmers doing, and what are young farmers looking at besides producing food with all the land they have and the opportunity they have?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.
Thanks to the witnesses for coming today and being with us.
Professor Chui, let me ask you a question. You talked about the fact that three of the four research chairs already exist, but not one in Atlantic Canada. Can you tell us roughly when the other research chairs were established and how they are funded?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
What would the impact be for Atlantic Canada not to have one of these research chairs?
View Judy A. Sgro Profile
Lib. (ON)
I want to make a point that when we talk about the investments in R and D—and I appreciate all the investments that the department is making and all of that—the reality is that across Canada we have scientists doing massive letter writing, mailing, campaigns and rallies because of the lack of investment in R and D in Canada. It's not industry I'm referring to; I'm just talking in general of all across Canada, and it's a real rarity when you start seeing scientists start a letter-writing campaign.
On the issue of job creation, the minister mentioned the productivity concerns and so on. I recognize the department does a variety of different initiatives to look at how we can increase the productivity across Canada in various sectors. What is the department doing in particular on some of those sectors to deal with where those opportunities for investments are and what you can do to be promoting them and increasing productivity?
View Kirsty Duncan Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
I'm going to ask all of you this: do you think there is sufficient scientific evidence to conclude that e-cigarettes help users quit smoking?
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