WHAT’S CANADA BUYING? Stem cell research, accessible housing and living/working in tight spots

  • Stem cell wound research:  MERX version (excerpt from Statement of Work here):  “…. Histological Evaluation of a Murine Wound Model for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Tissue Regeneration Studies …. The study purpose is to develop a model to follow the healing process after the application of stem cells which should accelerate the regeneration of tissue repair. The model will provide a visual window with which to observe and measure various tissue regeneration features ….” My plain English version: “How do wounds, specifically rodent wounds, heal using stem cells to rebuild tissue?  We need someone to take and watch tissue samples for the experiment.”
  • What do you do after a military jet crashes at a civilian airportYou have to clean up, of course: ”DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA (DCC) – #AC119506 – Soils Remediation of a CF18 Crash Site, Lethbridge County Airport — The work includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the supply of labour, material, supervision and equipment necessary to remove, transport and dispose of approximately 900 tonnes of impacted surface soils (<1.0m) at a licensed/permitted facility and the restoration of the site to pre-crash conditions …. The estimated cost for this opportunity is in the order of $69,000.00 …. The tender closing date is: December 14, 2010 ….”
  • What does the research say about how people do in tight or isolated places? “…. Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) has a requirement for a Contractor to provide DRDC with a thorough overview of scientific research literature that examines psychological adaptation in people working in isolated, confined or extreme (ICE) environments ….”
  • New accessible housing in Shilo: “DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA (DCC) – #SL11702– Barrier Free Access Residential Housing Unit, Shilo, Manitoba.  The work includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the supply of labour, material, supervision and equipment necessary to construct a new single family Barrier Free Access (BFA) Residential Housing Unit (RHU) …”
  • Making houses accessible in Petawawa: “DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA (DCC) – HAKPA67 – Barrier Free Renovation, 3 Houses – Petawawa, Ontario     The work includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the supply of labour, material, supervision and equipment necessary to renovate three (3) existing residential units to become fully handicap accessible in Petawawa, Ontario ….”
  • A one-year contract extension for a “staging base” for Brit adventure training near Suffield while the UK’s Ministry of Defence reviews its priorities: “…. Canada intends to award a contract to the present supplier of the Adventurous Training Military Staging Area. The Lazy H Trail Company Ltd has been providing the military staging area and related services under contract with Department of National DEFENCE on behalf of British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) prior to 2001.  The staging support infrastructure consists of exclusive accommodation for 160 people/3000 per year, telecommunications, fully equipped kitchen, manned warehouse, workshop, equipment storage, 10 offices, lecture room, conference room, recreation areas, gymnasium, parking for 28 vehicles, 12 trailers, 3 commercial buses, year round vehicle wash bay; and services consisting of laundry, catering, janitorial, and horse back packing for 620 people. The current contract will expire on March 31, 2011.  The near and long term future of an Adventurous Training Military Staging Area is uncertain due to recent developments by the United Kingdom’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, Ministry of DEFENCE (MOD). Alternatives are being considered as part of an investment appraisal and the future need for a staging area will be considered in 2011 but is unknown at this time.  MOD has committed to the ongoing delivery of Adventurous Training and Challenge Pursuit Activities for an additional year until March 31, 2012; the staging area and related services must be available for April 1, 2011 for the 2011/2012 training period ….”

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