Monday, March 7, 2016

A Centennial Of The NRC

I've shown you the ice sculpture commemorating the centennial of the National Research Council (NRC), which ends this post as well. Nearby stood a series of panels looking at the history of the organization, which was born out of military need, and which has applied itself in a multitude of ways in civilian life in the hundred years since its founding. I wondered, had last fall's election taken a different turn, and the previous federal government had stayed in power, if the anniversary of the NRC would have even been marked, given their loathing of science. Doubtful.

28 comments:

  1. Thank goodness then for your new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I've seen a few interviews lately, he is not just a pretty face :)

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  2. I agree with Grace. PM Trudeau was on 60 Minutes here last night. I hope we choose our next leader as well as Canada did--but with Trump and Clinton leading in the polls, I have my doubts.

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  3. National research council. national film board , CBC and a few other "nationals" are what made this a great country. Yes, I'm Canadian and I'm bragging! I will probably be disowned!

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  4. @Grace: it was a great relief to have the previous government turfed out. The PM has impressed me.

    @Bill: the NRC has been known for its innovation for a long while. Giving it its just due was a good thing.

    @Tanya: so do I. They're informative.

    @Sharon: indeed!

    @Norma: the former PM's supporters will never see it that way.

    @Red: there's nothing wrong with the occasional bragging!

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    1. Okay, I'll keep it to "occasional"

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  5. That's a wonderful organization. I'm hoping that our election will end with people elected to office who live in the real world and appreciate science. A big problem is that most of those running are ignorant fools.

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  6. William, I love that last ice sculpture!

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  7. A lot of things would have been different if politics had gone another way back then... hope we won't be living a similar crisis again soon.

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  8. Great exhibit, I love the ice sculpture too.

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  9. The ice sculpture there is beautiful.

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  10. cool exhibit, ice is cold. unless it is a puddle of water? ha. ha!

    i was watching 60 mins last night at the Prime Minister (I must admit i don't know if you all have more than 1, he was super attractive though, blue eyes & everything, I think the news lady did mention Ottawa? i need to do some more investigation on that one??!) was on ... he said what he would wish us Americans would know more about Canadians & other countries is that you all exist. Apparently a lot of Canadian need us for work. I didn't know that either? shame on me ...main thing i know is a lot of people talk about how your health care is better than us? i think i should be doing some research, i will go now. later. have a nice week. ( :

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  11. I'm glad it was celebrated. And long may it live!

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  12. Great institution: I like the panels, love the sculpture!

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  13. I hadn't heard about this anniversary. I was funded by an NRC grant many moons ago.

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  14. Apparently it is a worthy event to celebrate.

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  15. @Lowell: unfortunately true!

    @Marie: I'll be featuring that ice sculpture one more time before I'm done with my Winterlude series.

    @Tamago: I found it interesting.

    @Jennifer: well, as far as I'm concerned, the Tories need a few decades in the political wilderness to purge themselves of neo-cons.

    @Linda: each year they do some of these large scale sculptures- this one really worked so well.

    @Halcyon: here we're looking south the border with perplexion these days.

    @Karl: thank you!

    @Marleen: it certainly is.

    @Beth: the previous PM went out of his way to poison the relationship with your president- it was entirely on him. Our new PM is making a visit to Washington this week, so the interview was in preparation for that. I imagine 60 Minutes had their reporters come up here- though they might well have interviewed him during a trip he made to a recent meeting with the provincial and territorial premiers.

    @Ciel: it does a lot of good work.

    @VP: thank you!

    @RedPat: since this is the centennial year, I hope the NRC lab up on Sussex Drive might take part in Doors Open this year. I'd love to have a look inside.

    @Kate: it is, as far as I'm concerned.

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  16. You always find such interesting stuff William...

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  17. I am happy to hear you feel good about the new Prime Minister. He comes across very well. Wonderful post!

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  18. I saw your Prime Minister on TV last night too. A very interesting man. I'm glad things are on the right track.

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  19. It's encouraging that things are improving in the Canadian government. Many of us in the U.S. feel like we're on some kind of bizarre carnival ride.

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  20. Ah, goodbye to the ice sculptures that were so beautiful! But I guess it's time.

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