Mars Curiosity Photos are “Meh”

The Curiosity mission photos are exceptionally boring as it makes it’s way slowly to its first destination Glenelg.

This is a photo of a tire track on Mars:

The evidence of an ancient stream-bed is the only image of mild interest so far:

At this point the existence of water on Mars is pretty compelling based on all the evidence from the past 40+ years of Mars research starting back with Mariner 9.

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Troubling Insights on MaRS, OCRI, Communitech?

Greg Boutin has published several very pointed blog articles, pulling back the covers on MaRS and where our tax dollars are going… definitely worth a read!

http://www.growthtimes.com/2010/04/troubling-facts-about-mars-discovery-district-part-1-of-4/

The articles also calls  out OCRI and Communitech for their lack of transparency.

UPDATE April 30:

Jim Watson echos concerns of local community, highlighting OCRI’s lack of focus, and calls for change.

“The City doesn’t own OCRI”, Claude Hawe, OCRI CEO

UPDATE May 26 – OCRI not in the loop Part 1

“OCRI not aware…”

Only one Ottawa firm participating in McGuinty’s trade mission to Israel – OCRI “We don’t know anything about that trade mission”

UPDATE July – New Organization to be Funded

Mayor Jim Watson announces funding of new economic development organization – “Invest Ottawa”.  

Ontario Commercialization Network to be Reformed?

The Ontario Commercialization Network Steering Committee Report was delivered to the Minister late February.  PWC produced a report on OCN prior to the Steering Committee Report but it was not made public.

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The report makes some blunt assessments of serious problems with  Ontario’s current approach to economic development and commercialization.  Some key findings include:

  • Lack of co-ordination and sharing across many fragmented organizations
  • Lack of overall governance
  • Lack of clear entry-point for clients/entrepreneurs
  • Lack of metrics and performance targets
  • Need for better co-ordination between Provincial and Federal governments
  • Economic conditions demand quick action

Key recommendations include specifics related to:

  • Fixing the governance model
  • Fixing the delivery model
  • Reducing overlaps of products and services within the Province and between the Province and Federal programs

The report was one of the best i’ve seen so far – it cuts directly to the issues and provides some very rational recommendations.