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Minister Toews Announces Investments in Manitoba Projects to Enhance Canada's Safety and Security

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2013) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing approximately $846,000 in two innovative science and technology projects to enhance Canadian public safety and security. These are two of 26 projects announced as part of a $20 million investment under the Canadian Safety and Security Program.

The Canadian Safety and Security Program will contribute approximately $296,000 to a project, which will be led by the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory, to develop a treatment against the Zaire Ebola virus to protect responders, health care providers and the public in the event of exposure during humanitarian aid efforts, an outbreak, laboratory accident, or bioterrorism event. Partners in this project are Defence Research and Development Canada and Defyrus.

The Canadian Safety and Security Program will also contribute approximately $550,000 to a project, which will be led by the Government of Manitoba's Information Protection Centre, to develop a system to detect advanced persistent threats against computer networks with partners Merlin, Seccuris, TRTech Manitoba and the University of Manitoba.

"Investments like the ones announced today will ensure that Canada remains a global leader in innovation, science and technology, and will further strengthen Canada's ability to anticipate, mitigate and respond to acts of terrorism, crime, natural disasters and serious accidents," said Minister Toews. "Public Safety Canada is proud to partner with the Department of National Defence and Defence Research and Development Canada and these projects and activities will respond to Canadian public safety and security priorities, building a more resilient Canada."

"Our government is investing resources to ensure Canadian institutions are better prepared and have a greater resilience to public safety and security threats, both here at home and around the world," said Minister MacKay. "These projects bring together the best minds from government, industry and academia, nationally and internationally, to support the development of knowledge, tools, processes, advice and strategies that are essential for safeguarding Canada."

The Canadian Safety and Security Program is led by Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Science.

Defence Research and Development Canada is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. As an agency of Canada's Department of National Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada provides the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments, as well as public safety and national security communities, with the knowledge and technology advantage needed to defend and protect Canada's interests at home and abroad.

For more information, visit www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca or http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4680.

Dale MacEachern
Public Affairs Manager
Defence Research and Development Canada
613-992-7237
dale.maceachern@drdc-rddc.gc.ca

Information: 613-992-7237
World Wide Web: www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca
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