Results for Hashtag #scitech

  • Len Rosen posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    #scitech Today I read in The Toronto Star Ken Dryden’s very thoughtful interviews with famous Canadians and their vision of the country’s place now and in the future. Mr. Dryden invited all Canadians to participate in this exercise. I chose to respond in a blog posting at my 21st Century Tech site. It is entitled ”
    A Former NHL Goaltender Asks…[Read more]

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    • When Justin’s team is elected in 2015, they need to have a blueprint in place to cover the concerns so that changes can be made in the first session of Parliament. It is essential that we hit the ground running and not develop policies on the fly. The future of CBC, the unfair elections Act, science based policies, etc. need to be urgently…[Read more]

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  • #scitech I’m curious as to what people think is the future of nuclear energy and research in Canada, especially post Fukushima. Anyone have some particular insight?

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    • A good place to start would be to google ”nuclear energy research in Canada”. Have a look here for starters:

      http://www.cna.ca/english/studies_reports/canadian_studies.html

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      • I think you have missed my point, I’m looking for other peoples opinion based on the available facts.

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        • Devin, I personally do not feel good about nuclear energy but….I was encouraged to read that apparently the being of light guy who meets with people who have a brush with death is making arrangements to ensure that humanity does not have a full scale nuclear war??!!

          My daughter found this to be somewhat encouraging/relieving when I read this to…[Read more]

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          • The nuclear industry in Canada has lead to significant advancements to the quality of life for people around the world. The nuclear industry is so much more than a few hydro generating station mainly in Ontario. Nuclear medicine, and significant material advancements. We need a policy that will see renewed focus on Nuclear Science Research and Development.

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            • Agreed. We are moving away, as a country, from producing electricity through nuclear power. Our reactors are aging and public perception of the dangers associated with nuclear power plants is preventing new ones from being built. However, diagnostic imaging requires the production of radioactive isotopes, as do certain radiation treatments. …[Read more]

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    • Nuclear energy is the elephant in the room that all political parties will not address truthfully !
      There is no other sustainable energy technology in the foreseeable future that can power our energy hungry cities. Wind and solar power are just “supportive” energy sources that can not even make a dent in our ever growing energy needs. Sadly…[Read more]

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    • …must learn the lessons of Linda Keen
      Step 1. Establish nuclear watchdog that reports directly to parliament

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    • For some insightful positions on nuclear, watch Pandora”s Promise. It’s a documentary film which interviews ecological movement heads talk and explain the situation and why it should continue, with some revision. It certainly turned my thinking on nuclear energy.

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    • Be careful where you build nuclear plants, I think is the primary lesson to be learned – don’t build in earthquake zones and nor near major bodies of water.
      In Bruce County Ontario, (I’m next door in Grey) we have the largest nuclear plant conceived of and created by sentient beings in the whole of God’s creation (as measured by output) unless…[Read more]

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  • #scitech I was wondering if the current system of grants and tax-credits is effective in stimulating scientific and technological innovation. I have been intrigued by the X Prize foundation in the United States as an instrument of incentivizing entrepreneurial innovation based on hitting certain milestones. I thought that setting up a Canadian…[Read more]

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  • Ted Hsu posted an update in the group Discussion 3 years, 1 month ago

    #scitech Thanks to representatives of BioteCanada who came to give me a briefing on the challenges faced by the Canadian bio-technology sector. Number one is the difficulty accessing capital.

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    • Ted…..I personally believe that all scientists in Canada should research the history of Canadian monetary policy. I have read a powerful case since 1994 that we are artificially defining ourselves as being practically bankrupt. I tried to explain this in all three of my campaigns for public…[Read more]

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      • Defining ourselves as head over heels in debt was actually quite good for the forests, rivers and air here in our beautiful nation…..but of course it was a terrible thing for our economy?!

        Economist John Hotson has asked the question if it would be a wise thing to define ourselves as being unable to finance the necessary research and…[Read more]

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  • #scitech #economy #environment The recent suggestion that Canada revive the Avro Arrow project may, if all aspects are considered, be found too costly to compensate for the added value to Canadian sci/tech/industry, but it deserves better than an instant reflex rejection of the proposal http://tinyurl.com/97mc9ka by a government overly committed…[Read more]

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    • In your opinion Roger does the Avro Arrow have several significant advantages over the F-35?

      Ms. Martha Hall Findlay did a good job of making me question the F-35 deal because frankly, I am one of those Liberals who considers our relationship with the USA to be pretty amazing. On the other hand Ms. Hall Findlay’s comment that single engine jets…[Read more]

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  • Great discussions so far everyone! We’re thrilled with your participation and we look forward to additional comments on topics such as #aboriginal, #royal, #economy, #tourism, #scitech, #health, #multicultural, and especially Party #renewal – we want your input and don’t forget to use #!!

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  • #renewal #agriculture #aboriginal #copyright #environment #languesofficielles #health #internationaltrade #multicultural #royal #science #scitech #tourism #VET
    Here is a link to John Lennon’s song, Gimme Some Truth: http://youtu.be/aDDJeM5R4PM Knowing Harper enjoys the Beatles, Liberal MP extraordinaire Judy Sgro quoted this Lennon song…[Read more]

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  • Ted Hsu posted an update 2 years, 10 months ago

    #scitech Sorry if this seems a bit specialized, but does anybody want to talk about Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credits? I’m waiting to see how the Conservative government responds to recommendations on changing what’s eligible for those tax credits.

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  • Right now you can join a live international webinar on digital tools and freedom of expression. Young Liberals and International experts are on the line. I’m at the session in Istanbul with 30 young liberal representatives from around the world.…[Read more]

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  • #scitech Scientific evidence is sometimes a hard sell. Look no further than climate change. Some of those who discount it are actual scientists who feel certain they know the facts. And even though they are in the minority, they reach an audience that wants very much to believe them for a variety of reasons.Often the facts they present are…[Read more]

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    • I just want to say how proud I am to have @Marc-Garneau-2 within the Liberal family. Your commentary on #scitech is always spot on. As a current PhD student it really is nice to see…

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    • #scitech – I think that even if scientific evidence is a hard sell, it is abhorent that the government would take steps to stifle the research and the scientists if the research is showing that the government may be wrong….

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      • You’re right Gary. The Harper government maintains a very tight control over what public service scientists are allowed to say. Some end up getting fired or shuffled for speaking out. Message control is paramount for them and if scientific evidence can damage their position on an issue, they do their best to make sure it doesn’t leak out, at…[Read more]

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    • I agree that we need to be making sure our decisions are science-based, but I’m also wondering–where do you stand on things like #copyright reform or #telecommunications regulation?

      I think more people are affected by those policies–afterall, what Canadian doesn’t know what it’s like to be gouged by their cellphone provider or ISP?

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      • The Liberal Party (and I, as previous Industry critic) have been clear on a number of issues related to Copyright and Telecom. . We are in favour of Net Neutrality (I got up in the HoC about 2 years ago and said so) and we criticized the CRTC decision on Usage Based Billing.
        We believe that a person should be able to copy protected copyrighted…[Read more]

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    • Marc: Thanks for your excellent comments. Even though the Liberal Party is on board with the science of Global Warming they are not doing much about it.

      Michael Ignatieff always step danced around Alberta and got mixed up with operating the oil sands “smarter”. The oil sands are a hopeless mess of thousands of acres of tailing ponds, there is…[Read more]

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      • Mike, you raise many points
        First of all, the LPC needs to be clear about what it will do to reduce our national carbon footprint. As you point out, we recognize Global Warming but must propose clear measures to deal with it.
        I’m a great believer in R&D in order to develop cleaner fuels and achieve more efficiency in energy use, as well as the…[Read more]

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        • Marc:

          Thank you for post.

          I have put in some of your remarks so its clear what I am responding to.

          Q 1. First of all, the LPC needs to be clear about what it will do to reduce our national carbon footprint.
          I’m a great believer in R&D in order to develop cleaner fuels and achieve more efficiency in energy use, as well as the development of…[Read more]

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          • 1. I think a non-food biofuel is better than a food-based biofuel (for obvious reasons) providing the GHGs released in the total life-cycle production and consumption of the fuel are an improvement on hydrocarbons and that the price is “affordable”, meaning perhaps more expensive but not out of the ball park.
            2. guts=leadership
            3.nuclear energy.…[Read more]

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            • Hi Marc:
              I am adding my thoughts following your sequence as below:
              Q1. I think a non-food biofuel is better than a food-based biofuel ,,,,,,, and that the price is ”affordable”,

              A1. Currently biofuel from algae costs $16 per litre. We have some ways to go before we can hope to subsidize this stuff sufficiently to get people to use it.

              We have to…[Read more]

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  • Gary Martin posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    In reply to: Marc Garneau posted an update #scitech Scientific evidence is sometimes a hard sell. Look no further than climate change. Some of those who discount it are actual scientists who feel certain they know the facts. […] View

    #scitech – I think that even if scientific evidence is a hard sell, it is abhorent that the government would take steps to stifle the research and the scientists if the research is showing that the government may be wrong….

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    • You’re right Gary. The Harper government maintains a very tight control over what public service scientists are allowed to say. Some end up getting fired or shuffled for speaking out. Message control is paramount for them and if scientific evidence can damage their position on an issue, they do their best to make sure it doesn’t leak out, at…[Read more]

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  • Zachary Armstrong posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    In reply to: Marc Garneau posted an update #scitech Scientific evidence is sometimes a hard sell. Look no further than climate change. Some of those who discount it are actual scientists who feel certain they know the facts. […] View

    I just want to say how proud I am to have @Marc-Garneau-2 within the Liberal family. Your commentary on #scitech is always spot on. As a current PhD student it really is nice to see…

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  • #scitech

    I’ve been lucky enough to come to know many fantastic researchers. The one thing holding them back is funding! Many, lucky enough to have received NSERC grants spend (in my opinion) too much time reapplying and writing up new grants for different sources in order to just carry on their work. If a liberal government would support…[Read more]

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  • Dave Bryce posted an update 3 years, 1 month ago

    #scitech

    A Liberal government needs to commit to funding basic science through increases to the NSERC Discovery Grant, Research Tools & Instruments, and Major Resources Support programs. These programs provide the core funding to researchers in diverse fields across the country. These programs must be the priority.

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  • Ted Hsu posted an update 3 years, 1 month ago

    I’m thrilled to be the Critic for Science and Technology in the Liberal caucus. Let’s talk about science and technology policy in Canada. Put your thoughts down right here in Liberal Community and join the conversation! #scitech

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    • I hope that you have enough brains to understand hard science like chemistry and thermodynamics, both of which show the impossibility of humans being able to affect the climate. I say this despite the claims to the contrary , by the IPCC. The Liberal party needs to abondon the greening of Canada. In oder for this to happen the science critic must…[Read more]

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      • Thank you for asking about my background. Yes, I know some hard science. I have a PhD in physics and I even taught a thermodynamics class to graduate students at Princeton once.

        I’m sorry but all of my scientific training and experience and my research into climate change compels me to say that humans can and are affecting the earth’s…[Read more]

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        • Ted, I’m so glad the Liberal Party has a great scholar such as yourself aboard! Looking forward to watching you shed light on science issues that so many Canadians are still not aware of. Welcome!

          In regards to climate change: It is absolutely affected by human actions — the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as other agricultural…[Read more]

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        • Hello Ted and congrats on your appointment as Science Critic for the party. I am enthused to see you take this critic post because I feel that the scientist community has been left out of parliament for a long time. I hope you are able to bring your skills as a scientist where decisions can be made similar to The Scientific Method and not based…[Read more]

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  • #scitech What does this government have against facts and scientific evidence? http://bit.ly/otEl7B via @Marc-Garneau blog

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  • Glad to hear the @Ted Hsu is our Critic for #scitech. Carolyn Bennett has informed me you’re also the critic for FedNor, the agency responsible for development in Northern Ontario.

    How do you see those two roles fitting together? How can we enhance #scitech in #northern Ontario?

    Also, what vision do you have for the Liberals promoting #scitech[Read more]

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    • One thing that comes to mind right away is an effort to look at the economic potential of sustainably harvested forest bio-mass in northern Ontario. There is multi-disciplinary research happening on that in my riding and other places. Aside from the forest, the Great Lakes are a great resource because of the potential for cheap transporation of…[Read more]

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  • #website
    André, I have no idea what discussions are going on. Can I search and hope to hit something? How would I ever find #scitech if I hadn’t seen Ted Hsu’s post about that hashtag?

    Maybe there is a way but I can’t see what it is as an user of this site.

    P.S. I run an online retail business and you’ve got to make everything downright obvious…[Read more]

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    • Agreed – Instead of ’suggested topics’ why not a list of all the tags that have been created.

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      • I think that if you have a column for suggested topics as an idea pool for party members to delve into, and a separate column for what has been hash tagged would be best. These suggested hash tags are there to grow discussion in these key areas, but it is also important to show that other discussions are being had.

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    • Thanks Kirk, yes we are working on these features

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      • Glad to hear it.

        BTW, not everyone knows what a hashtag is though there’s a blog post suggesting their use. The example of one is good but you need to break it down and state that it is just a # before a word used as a topic along with any other rules that apply.

        That kind of detail is needed for more people than you’d expect. People who work…[Read more]

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        • Thanks Kirk, yes we are definitely looking into making this page friendlier to beginners, that is something we knew we would have to spend some time on and we are currently gathering feedback on this.

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  • Ted Hsu a publié un commentaire 3 years, 1 month ago

    Je suis très heureux d’être le porte-parole responsables des Sciences et de la Technologie au sein du caucus libéral, et de pouvoir parler avec vous de la politique pourtant sur ces deux sujets. faites vos commentaires ici, sur le site de la communauté libérale et joignez-vous à la conversation! #scitech

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  • André Brisebois a publié un commentaire 3 years, 1 month ago

    Excellentes discussions tout le monde! Nous sommes ravis de votre participation et nous avons hâte de voir des commentaires additionnels sur des sujets tels que #autochtone, #monarchie, #économie, #tourisme, #scitech, #santé, #multiculturelle et surtout #renouvellement du Parti – nous voulons entendre vos idées et souvenez-vous d’utilisez #!!

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