McGuinty Government Invests In Cosmic Research

    Funding Will Attract Top International Researchers To Northern Ontario

    SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - A major provincial investment is helping
Ontario researchers investigate dark matter.
    "We are investing in the knowledge and skills of Ontarians - our greatest
asset - because we know that this is the path to a prosperous Ontario," said
Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty. "By
supporting important research initiatives like this one, we are attracting the
best and brightest researchers and contributing to a stronger economy and a
better quality of life for Ontario families."
    The province is investing a total of $8.73 million - $5.6 million through
the Ontario Research Fund and $3.13 million through the Northern Ontario
Heritage Fund - to expand the SNOLAB research facility, located two kilometres
underground at CVRD Inco's Creighton Mine near Sudbury. Provincial funding
will help researchers build a cryopit, a large cavern to store the
low-temperature liquids and gases needed to conduct large-scale cryogenic
experiments for the next generation of research into dark matter particles.
Cryogenics is the study or production of very low temperatures.
    "The initial Sudbury Neutrino Observatory experiment was internationally
renowned, and focused world-wide attention on the unique Sudbury facility and
its team of scientists," said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick
Bartolucci, who made the announcement in Sudbury today. "This new project
represents an exciting opportunity to strengthen Ontario's important research
and innovation sector by expanding the world's foremost underground lab for
particle physics and astrophysics research."
    By finding new ways to view elusive dark matter particles, future SNOLAB
researchers hope to learn new information about what the Universe is made of
and what holds it together, placing Ontario at the epicentre of global science
and future technological advances.
    "By acting now to expand the lab facilities, we're seizing a vital
opportunity to solidify Canada's position as a world leader in the field of
astroparticle physics," said Dr. David Sinclair, SNOLAB Director of Facility
Development. "As a result, for the foreseeable future SNOLAB will be the
largest, deepest and cleanest facility available for this type of research."
    Investing in research and innovation is the latest example of how the
McGuinty government is working to strengthen Ontario's economy. Other
initiatives in Northern Ontario include:

    -   Introducing the $160-million Ideas to Market strategy to grow new
        start-ups and drive innovative discoveries rapidly from the lab to
        the marketplace
    -   Investing more than $104 million toward the development of the
        Northern Ontario School of Medicine, with campuses in Sudbury and
        Thunder Bay
    -   Initiating a Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, to be developed under
        the Places to Grow Act, to encourage the long-term economic growth of
        northern communities.

    "By helping our top new researchers make important discoveries, we are
turning Ontario into an innovation powerhouse," said Premier McGuinty. "By
investing in research and innovation and the skills and knowledge of our
people, Ontario will remain the place to be for years to come."

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For further information:

For further information: Premier's Media Office, (416) 314-8975; Dr.
David Sinclair, SNOLAB Director of Facility Development, (705) 692-7000; Laura
Blondeau, Minister Bartolucci's Office, Sudbury, (705) 564-7454

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