LinkPad: Budget Day: Research and Innovation

It was Budget Day in Ottawa - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled the Federal budget late yesterday afternoon. The Department of Finance aimed to make this year's budget more accessible online, introducing a more user-friendly website layout and encouraging social media use. Those interested in the budget, were able to receive and share budget live tweets by following @financecanada and the #eap13 hashtag. Minister Flaherty (@jimflaherty) himself also took to Twitter throughout the day.

To find out more about what was included in the 2013 Economic Action Plan, visit: www.budget.gc.ca

The budget itself contained a number of initiatives on health and innovation, including a new investment of $15 million in annual funding for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research and $165 million for Genome Canada. But the Globe and Mail's Konrad Yakabuski wonders if it will be enough.

Read his thoughts here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/globe-politics-insider/budgets-promise-innovation-and-once-again-dont-deliver/article10124433/

Meanwhile, the Government of Canada marked Poison Prevention Week 2013 (March 17-23), reminding Canadians about the danger of unintentional poisoning - one of the leading causes of injury among children. To read more about how to avoid unintentional poisoning, visit: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/_2013/2013-37-eng.php