Experts say Canada needs to do more on innovation after country gets a ‘C’ on innovation report card

University of Calgary professor Richard Hawkins, a fellow at the school’s Centre for Innovation Studies, said

governments should focus on doing what the private sector won’t do, whether that’s building networks or funding early-stage research.

Tech alliance pushes for federal innovation ministry

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/tech-alliance-pushes-for-federal-innovation-ministry/article26904576/

In the wake of the Liberals’ decisive election victory, Canada’s largest high-tech trade association is calling for a beefed-up science and technology ministry dedicated to fostering business innovation.

The Shape of the House

http://www.macleans.ca/shape-of-the-house/

An interactive exploration of the 42nd Parliament

Canadian government approach to science reads like satire

http://www.metronews.ca/views/opinion/2015/10/15/canadian-government-approach-to-science-reads-like-satire.html

It’s been a great month for Canadian science. Queen’s University physicist Arthur McDonald won the Nobel Prize for, as the citation reads, “the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.” Curiosity-driven science done at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory; pure science done in Canada by a Canadian.

Combating multidrug resistant bacteria: recap from ICOHAR 2015 conference

http://blogs.plos.org/thestudentblog/2015/10/16/icohar2015/

From September 30 to October 2, 2015, representatives from public health, medical and veterinary sectors joined scientists working in the area of antimicrobial drug discovery and controlling multi-drug resistant bacteria at Copenhagen, Denmark for International Conference on One Health Antimicrobial Resistance (ICOHAR 2015).

50% population, 25% representation Why the parliamentary gender gap?

http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/women-politics/

Canadian women held just one-quarter of the seats in the House of Commons when the writ dropped back in August. This figure places us 50th in a recent international ranking of women in parliaments.

J&J deepens its Canada ties with $690M in R&D deals

http://www.fiercebiotech.com/story/jj-settles-deepens-its-canada-ties-690m-rd-deals/2015-10-14

Johnson & Johnson's ($JNJ) new R&D outpost in Toronto isn't slated to open until the spring, but the company has already inked a pair of collaboration deals worth up to $690 million as it settles into the local biotech scene.

The trauma of stillbirth: Experts look for ways to support families expecting a child after a loss

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/women-often-lack-supports-to-go-through-pregnancy-again-after-stillbirth/article26823801/

Eleven months earlier, on Sept. 11, 2013, Caietta-Khorrami had given birth to a stillborn baby girl after four heavily medicated days of labour. The pain and shock of a child dying at 38 weeks of pregnancy had thrown her into depression, and the Bradford, Ont., resident feared going through it all again.

Why we care more about health than our politicians do

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/10/15/why-we-care-more-about-health-than-our-politicians-do.html

A recent poll shows that three of the top five priorities for Canadians relate to health. So why aren't politicians talking about it?

Conservatives not muzzling scientists? Experimental Lakes researcher disagrees

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/conservatives-not-muzzling-scientists-experimental-lakes-researcher-disagrees-1.3271830

Winnipeg South Conservative candidate Gordon Giesbrecht denies that federal scientists are being muzzled by the government, but Experimental Lakes Area researcher Michael Rennie begs to differ.

A Canadian researcher takes the road less travelled and prevails

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2015/10/15/a-canadian-researcher-takes-the-road-less-travelled-and-prevails/

Sometimes, you have to go against the flow. It can hurt and it takes courage, but sometimes–not always, mind you–everything really does work out for the better.