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Most Initiatives Stalled; Health Research Grows

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Science  21 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5551, pp. 2452-2453
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5551.2452

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OTTAWA-- Last week's federal budget blueprint for 2002 served up more losers than winners for a scientific community with a long wish list fueled by a once-robust economy. To nobody's surprise, the biggest new wrinkle in Canada's $86 billion budget for the year beginning 1 April 2002 is $1.1 billion for counterterrorism initiatives. Those programs will gobble up a big chunk of the overall budget increase of 4.7%, putting a squeeze on the rest of the government.