Science and society: 1867 vs 2017

By Robert Gooding-Townsend and Katrina Wong, Science in Society Co-Editors   This year we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. While this is a big moment in Canadian history, it is also a big moment for Canadian science. The history of Canada is so seamlessly intertwined with developments in science and technology that the two are practically […]

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Canada Isn’t Immune to the Thirty Meter Telescope Controversy

Thirty Metre Telescope

by Stephanne Taylor Physics & Astronomy subject editor The Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) project is exactly what it says on the box: a telescope with a staggering 30 metre segmented lens, housed in an 18-storey observatory in the very early stages of construction on Mauna Kea, Hawai’i. If built, the TMT will be the largest […]

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Challenge Accepted: Science in the Northern Gateway Pipeline Process

By Sarah Boon Earth and Environmental Science subject editor A couple of weeks ago, our science policy editors Karine Morin and Pascal Lapointe discussed the Northern Gateway Pipeline (NGP) decision, and challenged bloggers to address the science behind the decision itself. Several Canadian science bloggers stepped up to the plate – David Ng and Meredith […]

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Was the Northern Gateway project approval a science-based decision?

By Karine Morin and Pascal Lapointe Science policy and politics subject editors Undoubtedly, the government’s approval on June 17, 2014, of a pipeline to transport oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia stands as one of the most important policy decisions of the year. By examining the regulatory framework applied and the review […]

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