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When writing last week about superclusters, I neglected to go through the actual “economic impact statements” that were being touted by the clusters themselves. It seems that the Industry Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), has to some degree accepted the statements. And I think this is important because some of what is being suggested is pretty close to a national scandal.
So, let’s take a quick look at what, allegedly, we’re getting for our $950 million in Supercluster investments.
About two and a half years ago, I said universities and scientists were headed for a catastrophic break because university Presidents were more inclined to gratefully accept whatever new dollars came their way rather than fight for research priorities. That break may actually happen next week, for evil things are reaching my ears about Tuesday’s federal budget.
To be clear: I know nothing for sure about what’s in Tuesday’s budget. The Liberals are deliberately choosing not to leak anything that … [ Read More ]
Yesterday when talking about the bad arguments for universal free fees, I left out two of the more common arguments. One of them I left out because it’s genuinely a much trickier argument to negotiate (and hence not one of the “ten bad arguments”) and the other because I plain forgot. Both of these arguments came up during discussions online—check out my Twitter feed if you’re curious. But let’s go over the arguments now.
Start with the latter, because we can … [ Read More ]