McGill’s new Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Human Pain Genetics
That generated a significant outcry from many groups, with then-Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore assuring the House of Commons that the new head of LAC would closely examine the project. After the outcry subsided, however, Heritage began to proceed largely as planned. The key supporters of the project Canadiana, the major library associations, and the LAC tried to assure critics that their concerns were unfounded, promising to make the digitized microfiche copies freely available to all and restricting additional fees to value-added services such as transcription or metadata. However, newly obtained documents under the Access to Information Act raise troubling questions about public access and promises of exclusivity made by the LAC. Among the documents obtained is the previously unreleased contract between LAC and Canadiana. The contract, which was signed in May 2013, does not provide for digital public access to the documents without a paywall. Rather, the minimum requirements are that the LAC will provide physical access in its reading rooms, Canadiana will charge fees for hosting the content, and at least ten per cent of the collection will be made freely available online each year. After ten years, the entire collection will be openly available to the public online. The contractual terms are inconsistent with public statements that provided assurances that all digital copies would be publicly available on completion and that the ten per cent restrictions would only apply to works with additional transcription or metadata. Canadiana officials now say that they plan to go beyond the contractual requirements, yet it is surprising that the LAC did not insist on full public access within the contract. The contract also grants Canadiana exclusive rights to host and make accessible online the entire collection for ten years.
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Her choice to come to Canada is a wonderful endorsement of the innovation ecosystem we are building for the benefit of all Canadians. The Government of Canada launched the CERC Program in 2008 as a way to attract, and support, world-renowned researchers working in one of four strategic areas of science and technology: environmental sciences and technologies, natural resources and energy, health and related life sciences and technologies, and information and communications technologies. Dr. Diatchenko holds the first CERC appointment focused on pain research. The Government of Canada deserves recognition for making this research investment, which is both significant and forward-looking, said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a member of the CERC steering committee, who was also on hand for the announcement. The CERC program provides researchers with both the means of significantly advancing their research, and the time and resources for mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for helping them become the next generation of leaders. Minister Rickford and Dr. Beaudet joined Dr. Diatchenko onstage, along with Suzanne Fortier, Principal of McGill, Dr. Rose Goldstein, McGills VP (Research and International Relations), Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and Dr. Fernando Cervero, Director of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain.
economic data outweighed concerns about the debt crisis in Washington and the future of a BlackBerry takeover deal. Data showing the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits dropped last week to a near six-year low and injected optimism into the market. The market tried to digest news of BlackBerry’s $4.7 billion agreement with Fairfax Financial and come to terms with the deal’s funding challenges. Volatile shares of the smartphone maker dropped in early trade before gaining 1.3 percent. Investors kept a close watch on debt negotiations in Washington but appeared to brush aside fears of any potential impact, with attention also drifting away from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. “We’ve been through this too many times that people are saying, ‘there’s going to be some posturing, there’s going to be some cliffhanging, but it doesn’t mean much as there’s no way they’re not going to increase the debt ceiling’,” said David Cockfield, a portfolio manager at Northland Wealth Management. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 36.24 points, or 0.28 percent, at 12,872.95. Sentiment for Canadian equities has been recovering after a sluggish first half of 2013. The TSX has gained 9.5 percent since hitting a low in June. The benchmark Canadian index has outperformed the S&P 500 in the quarter to date, climbing nearly 6 percent. “The U.S. market certainly looks more overpriced than the Canadian market,” Cockfield said. “The Canadian multiples have come down to reasonable levels.” “People are recognizing that you can make money in Canada as well,” he added.