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Winners and unlikely losers

April 23, 2009

The Globe tells us that “University leaders are walking a careful line” between their researchers and the government. But this is only half the story.

The other half is …

that the original $2 billion ask for research infrastructure came from the G13 (supposedly Canada’s top 13 research-intensive universities whose presidents were sharing the stage with the PM today). Let alone that they have to hear now the laments of their researchers, but they also have to share …

Indeed, the big winners in the $2,000,000,000 KIP sweepstakes seem to be the smaller, often rural (but hardly research-oriented) community colleges. Look at the figures from the only official announcement made so far about the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP): In shovel-ready and provincial election-ready British Columbia, the federal government’s contribution is $202.3M for 29 projects in 28 post-secondary institutions of which only one is in the G13. Now try to name ten of them that are known for their research contributions (Let us help you with the first five: UBC, SFU, UVic, UNBC, BCIT, and ???).

But according to Minister Clement, “The renewal of college and university facilities will encourage more world-class researchers to work in Canada and give them the tools they need to make further discoveries that will benefit Canadians and people around the world.”


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