SASKATOON, SK, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, today opened the Joint Scientific Congress of
the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Canadian
Geophysical Union and the Canadian Water Resources Association.
"Science is absolutely critical in ensuring Canadians make informed
decisions for their health, safety, security and economic prosperity
and for the protection of their environment," said Minister Kent.
"Environment Canada's scientists, researchers, technicians and
meteorologists play an important role in delivering timely, accurate
and reliable weather, water and climate services to Canadians."
In today's speech, Minister Kent highlighted the Government's commitment
to science and to Canada's weather and environmental services. Topics
covered in the speech included:
The Government's commitment in Budget 2013 of $248 million over five
years to further strengthen Canada's meteorological services;
The Government's support of seven innovative environmental projects
which will receive more than $32 million in research funding over the
next five years through the Natural Science and Engineering Research
Council's new Climate Change and Atmospheric Research initiative;
Highlighting that science is the foundation of the Joint Canada-Alberta
Oil Sands Monitoring plan;
The Government's investment of $34.8 million, in Canada's 2010 Economic
Action Plan to deliver new weather and navigational warning services in
the Arctic and a $78.7 million investment in 2011 to improve weather
monitoring infrastructure; and
Highlighting that Environment Canada is one of the most productive
institutions in environmental research in the world, with over 700
peer-reviewed publications every year.
For more information, please read Minister Kent's speech on Environment
Canada's Web site at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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