Some 4,000 high school students and parents are expected to be on campus today -- Steve Little, who heads the secondary school liaison office, says there were 3,900 last year. It's almost a standing joke that every year on the Tuesday of March break week there's sleet and chill winds, so today could be the balmiest and busiest Campus Day on record.
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It presents a federal strategy that will allow Canada to take advantage of the worldwide economic shift to knowledge-based industries. It shows how Canada will put in place S&T policies, programs, institutions and relationships so that we can maximize economic opportunities and strengthen our social fabric.The document notes "the connections between the goals of job creation with economic growth, quality of life and advancement of knowledge, and the need to pursue all three in an integrated and mutually reinforcing way". In releasing it, industry minister John Manley provided more details of Technology Partnerships Canada, the $250 million investment fund announced in the recent federal budget. Also announced: a Science and Technology Advisory Council to advise the prime minister and cabinet.
For its part, the federal government is fundamentally re-evaluating where and how to invest its S&T resources to best put them to work. This approach has three essential themes. First, effective new institutions, relationships and networks -- a stronger national innovation system -- must be established to enhance Canadians' abilities to gain and share knowledge and information. Second, the links between job creation, economic growth, quality of life and advancement of knowledge must be well understood and strengthened. Finally, the federal government must improve its approach to partnerships with business, academic institutions, other governments and voluntary organizations.
And the document puts great emphasis on what it calls "commitments to action" by all federal departments that have anything to do with science. For example:
Each science-based department and agency will set clear S&T targets and objectives, establish performance measurement indicators based on outputs, develop evaluation frameworks, and maintain mechanisms for external advice and review.The full document and several related papers are available on the World Wide Web at http://canada.gc.ca/depts/science/main_e.html.
The government will create a new S&T information system for Canada designed to measure the country's progress in becoming more innovative and more competitive internationally.
Anyone concerned about health benefits, the early retirement package and the problems the University has created for us, is invited to an information sharing meeting to be held March 14th in Math & Computer room 4058 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30. This is an informal meeting. Our goals are to . . .Towler can be reached at 884-6411, e-mail jotowler@watserv1.
- discuss our mutual concerns
- determine why the University has taken this position
- discuss how and where to get private coverage
- seek support from the Faculty Association
- determine how to get health coverage for outside Ontario
- explore our legal options
- plan the next actions
The Sikh Students Association has a dinner tonight -- information 746-0761.
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