Archive for April, 2015

Basic Research Funding Left Behind in 2015 Budget

Ted Hsu

Great Story About Curiosity-Driven Research A wonderful article in the April 23, 2015, Kingston Whig-Standard about a young scientist from Kingston, now studying at Caltech, is a nice description of how curiosity-driven research works. He discovered that cheap and abundant…

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Basic Research Funding Left Behind in 2015 Budget

Ted Hsu

Great Story About Curiosity Driven Research A wonderful article in the Kingston Whig-Standard this morning about a young scientist from Kingston, now studying at Caltech, is a nice description of how curiosity-driven research works. He discovered that cheap and abundant…

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Conservative Sci-Tech and R&D funding claims don't hold up

Ted Hsu

The Conservative government often claims to have spent $11 billion in new investments in science and technology since taking office in 2006. This is the standard answer when the government is pressured about muzzling scientists, closing important research facilities or…

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Budget 2015: delayed by the drop in oil prices, so let's examine oil prices!

Ted Hsu

Finance Minister Joe Oliver delayed the 2015 budget for two months until April 2015 because of the sharp drop in world oil prices. Every $1 decrease in oil price means $150 million in revenue lost to the federal government. So you’d…

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Taxing mental health care is a step in the wrong direction

Ted Hsu

Many of you have written to me concerning the changes to sales tax exemptions for health services in the 2013 Conservative Budget. These changes meant that psychological assessments, reports and examinations are no longer exempt from federal sales tax. From…

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Rail Safety Town Hall Report

Ted Hsu

The number of railroad cars carrying crude oil through Kingston has increased immensely in the last few years. Because rail and the transportation of dangerous goods are federally regulated, I invited experts to talk with the community at a town…

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