Focusing on the positives – some good ideas for improving science

Sometimes, you just get lost down the rabbit hole of the Internet. In one of these episodes, I came across a valedictory address by Australian comedian Tim Minchin in which he bestows his life lessons for young graduates. While it wasn’t a mind-blowing speech, one of the life lessons that resonated with me was “Define yourself by what you love” with the rather glib catchphrase of “be pro-stuff not just anti-stuff.”  The basic message being that…

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Pas si vieux ni si paralysé que ça

C’était une expérience intéressante que de faire une entrevue de plus d’une heure avec Marie-Eve Tremblay, animatrice de l’émission Corde sensible, qui produit des podcasts pour Radio-Canada. Un premier podcast vient de sortir, intitulé «La grande désillusion d’un environnementaliste de 88 ans» [À noter que j’ai 78 ans et non pas 88 ans.]   Mikaël Rioux y est comme contrepoids, et mon seul commentaire à cet égard est qu’il semble conclure de ma position que cela paralyse. Je…

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Ownership structure of intellectual property at universities

This article is a continuation of a series on the state of translational research in North America: The opportunity cost to doing scientific research at a university A brief history of translational research funding in North America The current status of translational research funding in North America Bridging the gap between public and private research   Relevant associated articles by David Kent: Scientists can’t take risks until they are in their 40s Despite improved wages,…

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L’effondrement ne sera pas un «événement» (2)

La première partie de cet article de penchait sur des manifestations de l’effondrement probablement déjà en cours, en soulignant la nécessité d’agir autrement. Cyril Dion, le co-producteur du film Demain, semble avoir bien compris cette nécessité, à juger par ses propos au début de son propre livre paru au début de 2018 (à voir ce qu’il dit dans une postface au récent livre de Pablo Servigne et al, nos collapsologues, pas encore disponible ici). Nous y…

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A letter to Mayor Tory about Waterkeeper’s Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report

On November 7, 2018, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper released its third annual Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report in front of Toronto’s vibrant waterfront community. At the launch event Waterkeeper presented its five recommendations for the City of Toronto as well as a letter to Mayor John Tory outlining the importance of those recommendations. Sixty five waterfront community members signed onto Waterkeeper’s letter to the mayor.The city is in a defining moment. It can embrace the harbour’s water…

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Environmental Commissioner urges the Ontario government to eliminate sewage pollution

Waterkeeper’s investigation team testing Toronto Harbour water for sewage pollution, summer 2018. The ECO recommends that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, into the environmental compliance approval of every municipality that has a combined sewer system, a legal obligation to adopt a public Pollution Prevention Control Plan to virtually eliminate combined sewer overflows within a reasonable time, and the MECP should enforce these plans,-- 2018 Environmental Protection Report, Back to Basics: Clean Water,…

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