Saskatchewan – The Next Big Producer of Rare Earth Elements?

Most of us know that Saskatchewan is the world’s richest and largest uranium jurisdiction. But did you know that Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are often found within uranium deposits, making Saskatchewan rich in other elements few of us have even heard of? While these REEs carry significant financial potential, there is currently no economical way to extract them from the uranium, sending these valuable minerals into the tailings ponds and disposing of significant potential value…

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Why is Water Quality Testing Important?

Easy access to clean drinking water is something Canadians often take for granted because of Canada’s abundant water sources, from coast to coast. But there’s a lot that goes into actually ensuring the water we drink is safe and clean, including testing. SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories tests, on average each year, around 12,000 water samples from over 350 clients all over Saskatchewan. We’ve provided water quality testing to Saskatchewan municipalities and businesses, as well as…

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History of SRC: The Early Years (1947-72)

“Innovation Insight” is a blog series written by SRC’s CEO and President, Dr. Laurier Schramm, which aims to shed light on the importance of innovation in driving economic, societal and environmental growth. This is the second story in a sub-series about SRC’s evolution over the past 70 years. Nineteen forty-seven was SRC’s first full operating year. SRC established a head office in Regina, a Board of Directors and several Technical Committees for program design. The…

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Wetlands and Carbon – Filling the Knowledge Gap

Here’s a fact about wetlands that many Canadians may find surprising: according to the Geological Survey of Canada, the peat in Canada’s wetlands stores almost 60 percent of all the carbon stored in soils across the country. Further, the 147-billion tonnes of carbon stored in Canadian wetlands is more than 900 times the annual CO2 emissions from all industrial activity in Canada. Boreal Wetland Complex (part of the project study area). Photo: Ducks Unlimited Canada…

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Radon: Is it in Your Home?

We welcome Sandy Hutchison, Regional Radiation Specialist at Health Canada, to the blog to talk about the importance of testing your home for radon. You may have heard about the harmful health effects of radon gas, but did you know that Saskatchewan has some of the highest rates of elevated radon in homes and buildings in Canada? As a Health Canada Radiation Specialist, I get asked a lot of questions about how people can protect…

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7 Ways to Reduce Your Energy in 2017

Energy is an intrinsic part of our daily lives, and it has become so common (or even mundane!) to simply make toast or coffee in the morning that we often forget how valuable energy is. The amount of energy we use to maintain our standard of living is easy to take for granted. So, for National Cut your Energy Costs Day on January 10, 2017, we are sharing seven ways to reduce your energy costs.…

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Four Reasons to Start an Employee Volunteer Program

Have you heard about employer supported volunteering? Employee volunteer programs (EVP) or corporate volunteer programs are nothing new (many organizations have had volunteer programs for more than a decade!) though they are becoming more common than ever. There are different ways in which a company can approach the design of the program. At SRC, we have provided each employee with up to four hours to participate in a company-wide community initiative. SRC employee, Bobb Dueck,…

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The Nascence of Research Councils in Canada – A Saskatchewan Perspective

“Innovation Insight” is a blog series written by SRC’s CEO and President, Dr. Laurier Schramm, which aims to shed light on the importance of innovation in driving economic, societal and environmental growth. This is the first in a sub-series of about SRC’s evolution over the past 70 years. At the beginning of the 20th century, organized research, development and technological innovation were quite rare, but this changed with the advent of industrial research councils. The…

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The AMP Experience: Putting my academic knowledge to work

Jaz Gatin is an Environmental Biology student at the University of Saskatchewan and was also a student in SRC’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program (AMP). We welcome Jaz to the blog and thank him for sharing his experience! Throughout the university experience, students like myself become well-equipped with the foundational knowledge and theories needed within their area of focus. However, it is the practical application of knowledge through hands-on learning that enables us, as students and prospecting…

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