Friday, January 30, 2009

Blinded, By Science

I wonder if the National Post will start up its "Brain Drain" series again, now that the Liberals and Tories are willing to gut science funding in this country? BTW, I tried to find a National Post story about this, but I couldn't find one on its home page this morning. They were too busy mocking Jack Layton, I guess.

Instant Update: Doesn't anyone find it outrageous that our government can find billions to shovel at the banks, but can find nothing for science? What does that say about us as a society?
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  1. Here's some [provincial] government money being thrown at science:

    And a little bit of federal money:

    Not nearly enough, but it's better than nothing, I guess. And when you're selling an unbelievably spendy budget to the public, I'm sure it helps your cause when you can say "we're keeping the banks stable" instead of "we're funding quantum research".

  2. I am not sure though whether you can say we are spending on banks and yacht docks but are allowing our scientific infrastructure to fade away. It seems both parties are more interested in the economy of the last century, rather than investing in the infrastructure of this century's.