Posts Tagged "basic research"

Daycares need good data

Ted Hsu

I recently reached out to the City Manager’s Office at the City of Toronto to try to get a better understanding of how they use census data. Toronto is the most populous city in the country, and my hope was…

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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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Guest Post: Why we need the long form census – a data librarian’s views

Ted Hsu

Vince Gray, who has been a data librarian at Western University for over 29 years, talks about why we need the long form census. Western is a member of Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), which provides us with licensed…

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Canada can be a global innovation leader

Ted Hsu

This article was originally published December 1, 2014 in the Hill Times. International collaboration is critical to the advancement of science, and this article found that studies featuring international collaboration in their research were more likely to be published in…

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Eliminating the census hurts research

Ted Hsu

Since tabling my private member’s Bill C-626 to bring back the long-form census, I’ve heard lots of anecdotes about how census data has been used, and how the elimination of the long-form census hurts important research. If you have a…

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Cultivating the Economic Benefits from Canadian Discovery Research

Ted Hsu

Update [January 2015]: I understand that the Board of Green Centre has now moved its business model more towards a fee for service model for industry, and moved away from the more risky long-term nurturing of early stage commercialization of…

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Closing Science Libraries?

Ted Hsu

I’m worried about recent news stories on the closure of science libraries. Last year, the Conservative government decided to “consolidate” the 11 Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries into only four. The government claims that this is a “modernizing” practice…

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Standing up for Science and Academic Freedoms

Ted Hsu

Last week, I was honoured to speak at the Stand Up for Science rally in Kingston, as well as to debate the subject of freedom of speech for government scientists with my Parliamentary colleagues on Power and Politics. I am…

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Death of Evidence Rally, July 10, 2012, Parliament Hill

Ted Hsu

The democratic process requires the ready availability of true and complete information. In this way people can objectively evaluate the government’s policies. To act otherwise is to give way to despotic secrecy.  – Pierre Elliot Trudeau On July 10, 2012…

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Reaction to Gary Goodyear's response to Death of Evidence Rally

Ted Hsu

Minutes after the Death of Evidence Rally on Parliament Hill, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear, put out a press release about government funding for research and development. I’ve responded with a letter to the editor in…

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