Reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated.
June 14, 2011 1 Comment
Mark Twain, who was the recipient of a premature obituary, cleverly quipped, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Likewise, despite what you may have heard in the blogosphere, CANARIE is alive and well and looking forward to a renewed mandate in the 2012 budget.
Yesterday, Nancy Leblanc wrote glowingly of CANARIE at Impolitical, but was distraught at, as she put it, “the government’s decision to no longer fund Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (aka the ‘CANARIE network’) as of 2012, confirmed in the budget.”
We’d like to set the record straight and ease those anxious minds …
CANARIE receives funding in five-year blocks, so the current Government estimates indicate that CANARIE’s funding is to be retired. That language can be confusing — what it really means is that this five-year funding block expires this year. BUT — CANARIE will apply for another five-year funding block, which will be included in the March 2012 budget.
CANARIE’s senior leadership team have been working closely with Industry Canada in putting the final touches on our proposal for mandate renewal, which presents a strong case for the need for ongoing funding of CANARIE if Canada is to continue to engage in world-leading science, research, innovation and discovery.
If you want more detail on the proposal, go to our website at http://www.canarie.ca and watch our CEO, Mark Roman present the elements we are proposing. Of course we are mindful of the fiscal environment the Government is managing right now, and our proposal reflects a balanced approach to the need for advanced digital infrastructure in a challenging environment.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting leading-edge research in Canada, which relies on the CANARIE Network. Earlier this week Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear put it nicely:
“Science drives Canada’s economy. Our government is committed to investing in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow’s breakthroughs, in order to create jobs and improve the quality of life of Canadians.”
So, thank you for your support (keep it coming!) but don’t fret; we’re still going strong.
But, since we’re on the topic — chime in: what would it mean to you if the government DID stop funding CANARIE?