Retroactive pension as a postdoc? Apply now!

Some of the biggest historic discussions in our column that get Canadian postdoctoral fellows in a rage are those around the taxation situation in Canada. It seems that postdoctoral fellows just can’t win – employee or trainee? – either way, the chips rarely fall well for the postdoctoral fellow. Today’s rather brief post is more of a public service message to remind postdoctoral fellows that now is the time to submit a claim to be considered an…

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Weaponized Knowledge

Knowledge mobilization, knowledge translation, and knowledge transfer and exchange – what do these terms really mean? Do you know the difference between innovation and invention? Simon updates Deena on “broader impact” and his take on a recent conference he attended in Winnipeg. As a topic of interest, Simon shares a recent article he came across in the Globe & Mail about Canadian research with an industry partner that led to a patent for the company.…

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Resiliency in science: We need to stop punishing vulnerability

No one goes into a career in science expecting it to be easy. Less so for graduate studies. But shouldn’t it also be fun? The wonder of new discovery, the rush of finally understanding as the puzzle of existence comes into focus, the ambition of being a catalyst of the change that newfound knowledge brings. These things drive us. The development of the scientific method – one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments (and a pretty recent…

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L’économie et Kinder Morgan

Étonnant cet article de Gordon Laxer dans Le Devoir du 4 juin qui prône une réorientation des négociations pour une nouvelle ronde pour l’ALENA2 après les élections au Mexique et aux États-Unis. Laxer, qui connaît bien le domaine énergétique et les enjeux et qui vient de l’Alberta, y souligne l’importance de la clause «proportionnalité» dans l’accord et propose que la nouvelle entente imaginée devrait éliminer cette clause et réorienter le Canada vers l’abandon de l’exploitation des…

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Toronto inner harbour monitoring is back, and looking to expand its reaches

Photo by tsaiproject The Toronto Community Monitoring Program is a new a Swim Drink Fish Canada initiative. The program builds on our previous Toronto harbour monitoring in 2016 and 2017, which established a robust citizen-science monitoring hub, equipped with an in-house lab.  Last summer (2017) Waterkeeper staff and 100 volunteers gathered weekly on the waterfront to collect water samples and record observations about water quality in Toronto’s inner harbour. Our monitoring activities in the Toronto…

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Connect with Waterkeeper this recreational water season

Swim season arrived in Ontario this month. For you maybe that means open-water swimming after work, or joining a dragon boat team or perhaps waking up early to fish.As you start planning your recreational water activities, here are five ways to connect with Waterkeeper:1. Toronto Harbour MonitoringThe Toronto Harbour Monitoring team collects water samples from the harbour’s popular recreational areas. The Swim Guide team, with sponsors Evergreen and Muskoka Brewery, make this project possible. Want…

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