Canada’s Last Ice Area Potential World Heritage Site
A new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has identified seven globally significant marine sites in the Arctic Ocean including two in Canada that warrant protection and could qualify for World Heritage status. The Canadian sites include Remnant Arctic Multi-Year Sea Ice and the Northeast Water Polynya Ecoregion, and The North Baffin Bay Ecoregion. Together, these sites make up the Last Ice Area, the region where summer sea ice is expected to last the longest. These sites, identified by WWF more than 10 years ago, can be a refuge for ice-dependent species that will move northward as the planet warms.

UL Combustion Lab Approved for NOx Testing
UL, a global safety science organization, announced in March that the company’s Toronto-based safety testing facility for appliances and controls is one of the few Canadian facilities approved for nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions testing. NOx testing is required by South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) in Southern California, which sets emissions testing requirements for the region. Canadian gas appliance manufacturers now have the benefits of a local NOx test laboratory, facilitating one-stop-shopping access to the lucrative California market.

Conference Looks to Stop Food Fraud
In April, senior international food regulators and experts from academia, government, industry, and international organizations met at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec to discuss challenges posed by food fraud and to develop a path for collective action. Such incidents hurt consumers’ confidence in the integrity and authenticity of the food they purchase and may pose a public health threat, when adulteration of foods involves harmful substances. Developing tools and solutions to prevent such issues continues to be a global area of concern.

Canada 150 Research Chairs Program to Attract Top International Scientists and Innovators
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced on April 3 at the University of Waterloo that the federal government will invest $117.6 million over eight years for the new Canada 150 Research Chairs program. The program provides one-time funding in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“I am pleased to announce the Government of Canada’s support for recruiting top talent from the world’s science and technology sector. Attracting international researchers and scholars to Canada is critical for us as a country. These efforts will also ensure the next generation of students learn from the best and brightest talent in the world, seeing what they have to offer so that they are better prepared for the highly skilled jobs of the future,” says Duncan.

Canada is committed to attracting world-leading scholars and researchers who will help further the country’s reputation as a global centre of excellence in science, research and innovation. Talented scholars and researchers enrich universities across Canada and better prepare students to become the professionals of tomorrow.

The government anticipates that the drive to recruit new chairs will take months, not years, and will encourage equity and diversity among successful candidates. Opening Canada’s doors to talented scientists and researchers from around the world will help bring new ideas and fresh perspectives, while creating good, well-paying jobs, growing the economy, and strengthening the middle class.