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November 18, 2003 For immediate release

A one-day Symposium organized by
The Royal Society of Canada,
in collaboration with
the Canada Science and Technology Museum
and the National Research Council Canada.

On Tuesday 25th of November, 2003, The Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, will be the site of this one-day Symposium.

OttawaRecent events in Canada have highlighted public concerns about the nation's energy policies. The blackout that affected much of Ontario and the northeastern United States has focused attention on the adequacy and security of our electricity supply. Meanwhile, gas prices have soared across the country, and the federal government's announcement of funding for a range of policy initiatives related to the Kyoto Protocol has reminded Canadians of the need to make changes to the way in which we generate and use energy, in order to reduce the possibility of anthropogenic climate change and other types of damage to the environment.

Canadians are concerned about the potential for global warming. There are also concerns about the health effects associated with the use of fossil fuels (smog and other forms of pollution). What alternative forms of energy are there? And could we help to solve these problems by changing the way we use energy in industry, for transportation, and in our daily lives? Government policies in these areas are incomplete, and the general public needs much more information if a consensus is to evolve about the necessary changes in energy use in our society.

Amongst the speakers who are expected to attend will be Mr. Don Johnston, Secretary General of OECD, who will be introduced by Industry Minister, The Hon. Allan Rock, and Mr. Jayson Myers, Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

As this promises to be an exciting event, we encourage you to fill out our registration form and return it to the Society’s office at your earliest convenience. A full day registration, including lunch, refreshments, a reception and a special exhibit tour, costs $150 (Students $75).

Andrew D. Miall, FRSC, Chair of the Program Committee

Transactions of the 2003 symposium

A student's perspective (.pdf file)(61 Kb)

Canada Science and Technology Museum

General information: Call 613 991-3044.

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