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Western Economic
Diversification Canada

News Release Communique

FOR RELEASE
DECEMBER 22, 1997

TRANSITIONAL FUNDING APPROVED FOR
SASKATCHEWAN ACCELERATOR LABORATORY

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Natural Resource Minister Ralph Goodale, on behalf of Ron J. Duhamel, Secretary of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced $1.32 million in transitional funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada for the Saskatchewan Accelerator Laboratory (SAL) at the University of Saskatchewan.

This WD funding will allow the Accelerator Laboratory to continue its operations and concentrate its resources on work to further the Canadian Light Source (CLS), or synchrotron, project until funding decsions are made by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).  The funding is subject to necessary approvals and will be directed to the SAL through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

"This is an important step that has to be taken in the bid for the CLS, one that could result in tremendous economic benefits both provincially and nationally, if the proposal is approved," Minister Goodale said.  "I look forward to working with all of the partners involved in moving the synchrotron project towards completion."

"The WD contribution demonstrates our commitment to diversifying the western Canadian economy through innovation and technology," said Secretary of State Duhamel.

The $1.32 million is in additon to $500,000 in transition funding that WD provided to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for the Accelerator Laboratory in the 1996-1997 fiscal year.

"The WD funding will allow the Saskatchewan Accelerator Laboratory to phase out its subatomic physics work and retain its staff to undertake detailed engineering design work, research Canadian supply sources and move design implementation forward on the CLS project," said Bernard Michel, Chair of the CLS Collaborative Committee.

The Canada  Foundation for Innovation (CFI), an independent organization funded by the Government of Canada to provide support in health, environment, science and engineering for post-secondary educational institutions and research hospitals, is expected to make decisions on whether to fund part of the capital costs for a synchrotron light facility in the fall of 1998.

Synchrotron light is generated by using strong magnets to accelerate electrons which are travelling near the speed of light.  The light is millions of times brighter than X-rays and has a very defined beam that can be pulsed for use in basic and industrial research.  Applications include research in materials science, environmental science, engineering, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnosis and treatment, and biotechnology.  Canada is the only G8 nation without a synchrotron light source.  The total estimated capital cost of the project is $155.6 million.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Joanne Mysak
Manager
Consultation, Marketing and Communications
Bernard Michel
Chair
CLS Collaborative Committee

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(Editors note: The total capital cost of $155.6 million dollars quoted in the press release includes over $30 million dollars in "pre-spent" and other non-cash costs.)