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Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford, left, examines a wearable electronic device that monitors the lumbar spine as Amir Servati, a University of British Columbia Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, explains how it works at the Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab at the university in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday January 9, 2014.
Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford, left, examines a wearable electronic device that monitors the lumbar spine as Amir Servati, a University of British Columbia Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, explains how it works at the Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab at the university in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday January 9, 2014.
(DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Science minister on Ottawa’s goals: Research should ‘translate into products’

The approach that the federal Conservatives have taken to science is evident in their efforts to renew the national science policy.

A public consultation was commenced last week, without much fanfare, on a plan to update the policy that has been in place since 2007. Submissions must be received by February 7. The main thrust of the renewal, according to a government news release, is to seek the views of Canadians on research and development, business innovation, and developing innovative and entrepreneurial people.