Justin Trudeau an­nounces fund­ing to build nu­clear medicine hub in Van­cou­ver

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Van­cou­ver: Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau an­nounced fed­eral fund­ing Thurs­day to build a hub for nu­clear medicine at Canada’s na­tional par­ti­cle ac­cel­er­a­tor in Van­cou­ver.

Trudeau made the an­nounce­ment af­ter meet­ing em­ploy­ees and tour­ing the TRI­UMF site, which is a joint ven­ture of a con­sor­tium of uni­ver­si­ties.

He said the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Med­i­cal Iso­topes will pro­vide a firstof-its-kind fa­cil­ity in Canada where sci­en­tists and in­dus­try part­ners will work to­gether to ad­vance re­search in­clud­ing drug de­vel­op­ment and can­cer ther­apy.

The new 2,500-square-me­tre build­ing will house a par­ti­cle ac­cel­er­a­tor, re­search fa­cil­i­ties and lab­o­ra­to­ries.

Trudeau said the fa­cil­ity will help Canada stay a leader in med­i­cal iso­tope re­search.

“We know that for our coun­try to lead in an ever-evolv­ing econ­omy and cre­ate the jobs of to­mor­row, we have to in­vest in our sci­en­tists and in the in­sti­tu­tions that sup­port them,” he said.

Med­i­cal iso­topes are safe ra­dioac­tive sub­stances used to di­ag­nose and treat con­di­tions of the heart, cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem and or­gans, al­low­ing sci­en­tists to see what is hap­pen­ing in­side the body in a non-in­va­sive way.

The new fa­cil­ity is val­ued at more than $50 mil­lion and is also sup­ported by con­tri­bu­tions from the Bri­tish Columbia gov­ern­ment, BC Can­cer Foun­da­tion, the Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia and fund­ing from phi­lan­thropists. Trudeau was also sched­uled to meet on Thurs­day with Van­cou­ver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart and Doug Mccal­lum, who was re­cently elected the mayor of Sur­rey. Mccal­lum ran on a prom­ise to scrap plans for a light rail transit sys­tem in Sur­rey and in­stead wants a Skytrain line from the city cen­tre to neigh­bour­ing Lan­g­ley. In Septem­ber, the fed­eral and Bri­tish Columbia gov­ern­ments re­it­er­ated their com­mit­ment to fund­ing two ma­jor rapid transit projects in Metro Van­cou­ver in­clud­ing the LRT line in Sur­rey. Ot­tawa and B.C. are spend­ing more than $3 bil­lion on the projects, which will see 5.7 kilo­me­tres of track and six sta­tions added to the Skytrain sub­way line along Broad­way. Eleven new sta­tions will be built along 10.5 kilo­me­tres of street-level track in Sur­rey, which would cre­ate the first light-rail sys­tem in B.C.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau

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