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Two Rouyn-Noranda firms receive Government of Canada funding

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Media representatives are invited to a press conference at which the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, will make an announcement concerning two projects, involving Atelier Tangente Inc. and Le Trèfle noir microbrewery.

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Economy

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Posted July 7, 2015 by Greg Fingas

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Jeffrey Sachs writes about the need to shape a more moral, less exploitative economy. So needless to say, the Cons are instead working on promoting corruption.

– Mark Weisbrot discusses how the Troika’s attempt to impose continued austerity on Greece in the face of public resistance can’t be seen as much more than an attempt at coercive regime change. And John Nichols reports on just a few of the voices rightly lauding the refusal of Greece’s electorate to go along with that plan.

– Scott Eric Kaufman talks to Erik Loomis about (Read more…)

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CBSA seizes 160 000 euros in suspected proceeds of crime at the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

In June 2015, border services officers at the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport seized a large amount of suspected proceeds of crime: 160 000 euros (about Can$220,000) hidden in the suitcase of a Canadian traveller arriving from Spain.

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I won’t be playing ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ and here’s why

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

In the early 2000s, four-player, split-screen Halo was a revelation for my then-girlfriend Jenn (who would later become my wife), her two sisters and me. It was amazing, frantic, swear-filled fun. Controllers were thrown; tempers flared. But that’s a…

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Laforo Industrial Foundry modernizes equipment with support from Government of Canada

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Sainte-Claire company invests in automation to maintain its position as an industry leader in the manufacture of high-performance iron castings.

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How A Retired Air Traffic Controller Became One of the Maritime’s Most Unorthodox Electronica Artists

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

How A Retired Air Traffic Controller Became One of the Maritime’s Most Unorthodox Electronica Artists

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HMCS Winnipeg replaces HMCS Fredericton in support of NATO-led maritime assurance activities

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Royal Canadian Navy frigate Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg officially joined Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean today as part of Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s response to the Putin regime’s aggression in Cent…

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Harper Government expands high-speed Internet to rural Nova Scotia

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Everyday tasks that were once done in person, such as shopping, communicating, learning and banking, are now done online. To help Canadians have better access to these and many other online opportunities, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley, announced that the Government of Canada will provide approximately $6 million to Seaside Wireless Communications to bring expanded and improved high-speed Internet services to approximately 14,000 households and businesses in Nova Scotia.

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Minister Raitt to make an announcement about the World-Class Tanker Safety System

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport will make an announcement about the World-Class Tanker Safety System at the Vancouver Board of Trade.

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Government of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation exceed goal of installing 2,000 AEDs in recreational hockey arenas across the country

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Two events took place today to highlight progress and proven success of the National Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Initiative, a partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF).

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The Disaffected Lib: Dear Crusty. LNG is Volatile. It Could Even Blow Up in Your Face.

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

BC premier Christy Clark is in love – with British Columbia’s natural gas reserves.  She sees it as a magical solution to pay off all of the province’s debts and fund wonderful new projects and services.  She even imagines herself riding across northern BC on a unicorn sprinkling fairy dust wherever natural gas is to be found.

Uhh-uhh.  Crash. Thud.  Sorry, madam premier, to be the carrier of more bad LNG news (there’s been a lot lately) but a new report says our own natural gas reserves may be a stranded asset if international action reaches an accord to limit (Read more…)

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Dear Crusty. LNG is Volatile. It Could Even Blow Up in Your Face.

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

BC premier Christy Clark is in love – with British Columbia’s natural gas reserves.  She sees it as a magical solution to pay off all of the province’s debts and fund wonderful new projects and services.  She even imagines herself riding acro…

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MP Kerr to Make Funding Announcement in Church Point

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Members of the media are invited to attend an event where Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), will make an announcement regarding an initiative …

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Historic Building Gets Modern Facelift

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Located in the heart of downtown Annapolis Royal, King’s Theatre has showcased local talent and entertained residents and tourists for the better part of a century.

In order to ensure this historical landmark’s long-term sustainability, the Governmen…

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Technical Briefing and Media Preview for Northern Lights-the New Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Technical Briefing and Media Preview for Northern Lights-the New Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill

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A visual tour of the Pokémon Research Lab

Posted July 7, 2015 by Mat Smith

There’s no better way to inspire children into a career in animal taxonomy and species classification than Pokémon. Possibly. A temporary Pokémon Lab in Japan is opening its doors to wannabe researchers (and their parents), offering them a pokéball a…

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Defend Public Healthcare: Hospital worker sick leave: too much or too little?

Posted July 7, 2015 by Doug Allan

Ontario hospital workers are much less absent due to illness or disability than hospital workers Canada-wide.  In 2014, Ontario hospital workers were absent 10.2 days due to illness or disability, 2.9 days less than the Canada wide average – i.e. 22% less.  In fact, Ontario hospital workers have had consistently fewer sick days for years. This is also true if absences due to family or personal responsibilities are included. Statistics Canada data for the last fifteen years for Canada and Ontario are reported in the chart below, showing Ontario hospital workers are consistently off work less.

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Round-Up: July 7, 2015

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

Lyndsie Bourgon explores the history and culture of sexism, objectification and harassment at the Calgary Stampede (Maisonneuve). Bianca Campbell writes at RH Reality Check about feeling “powerless in the face of white supremacy and a gun” after being in a bookstore when a white man in camouflage came in with a gun on his hip. […]

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Senator Wells to Announce Federal Support for Small Craft Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

July 7, 2015

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador — Senator David Wells, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, will announce Government of Canada investments in Small Craft Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Things Are Good: Increase Your Happiness by Going on Vacation

Posted July 7, 2015 by Adam Clare

Everybody loves going on vacation and here’s why: it makes for good conversations. Really. The short term gain of increased happiness from a vacation is very short indeed, just a few days. However, the benefit of a vacation can keep giving through your social life as you relive (and share) your experience.

To make your vacation really happy be sure to make the first few days the most fun and go someplace that is interesting instead of the beach.

In terms of happiness-per-dollar-spent, vacations are the right idea in general. A lot of past research has suggested that experiences in (Read more…)

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FBI director says he’s ‘not a maniac’ about backdoor cellphone access

Posted July 7, 2015 by Steve Dent

FBI director James Comey is making a final push for backdoor cellphone access for law enforcement ahead of key Senate committee meetings. In national security site Lawfare, he first admitted that “universal strong (cellphone) encryption will protect …

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Warren Kinsella: Harper will win

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

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One of the ads mocked Trudeau for having been a camp counselor, rafting instructor, drama teacher and boasting one of the worst attendance records in the House of Commons. “Now he thinks he can run Canada’s economy?” – it sneered over footage of Trudeau undressing and prancing around on a stage wearing a tank top.

Trudeau had run smack into the buzzsaw of the Conservative Party’s election machine — an entity that’s always on “permanent campaign” mode. To the Tories, electioneering is a year-round operation – not just started when the writ is dropped – that’s allowed Stephen (Read more…)

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Scripturient: Pasta Books Reviewed, Part 2

Posted July 7, 2015 by Ian Chadwick

This follows from part one of my book reviews, posted on this blog. Please see that post for the introduction. These, with either the Pasta Bible or Pasta Cookbook (preferred) by Jeni Wright, from the first post, are the recommended books. I’ve rated the books from A (highest) to E on TRIPDO – technical content […]

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Annual Jazz and Blues Festival Focuses on a Complete Tourism Package for 2015

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

A popular annual music festival built around jazz and blues music will include new areas of focus alongside music for 2015. This year the TD Jazz and Blues Festival, a multi-day festival on the Island, will expand to feature cultural and culinary produ…

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Harper Government to make an announcement regarding Parks Canada sites in Northern Ontario

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Mr. Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, will make an announcement regarding new investments for Parks Canada sites in…

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ICYMI: 3D-printed art, a Pac-Man satellite and more

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

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Today on In Case You Missed It: The giant robot…

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Jared Fogle from Subway — FBI Raid Home in Child Porn Investigation

Posted July 7, 2015 by TMZ Staff

Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle’s home was raided Tuesday morning by FBI agents conducting a child pornography investigation. Jared was seen walking into his home outside Indianapolis with one of the agents … and investigators have a truck par…

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Andrew Coyne: Greece at forefront of Europe’s game of chicken over debt

Posted July 7, 2015 by Vancouver Sun - News

There are other potential Greeces in the mix, other eurozone countries in the throes of their own debt and economic crisis. What happens in Greece will not stay in Greece

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Skeptical Quebec investigators won’t believe Arthur Porter is dead until they can fingerprint body in Panama morgue

Posted July 7, 2015 by Vancouver Sun - News

A spokeswoman with Quebec’s anti-corruption unit said simply looking at the body likely wouldn’t be enough to convince Canadian authorities

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Warren Kinsella: Why does the NDP regard Greece as a democratic success? Why?

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

Because – as frightened Greeks line up, right now, for basics like food – it isn’t a success. It is an abject failure. It is, as they say, a failed state.

A sampling of things you may not know about Greece, from a newspaper not noted for its fondness for austerity measures:

Tens of thousands of unmarried or divorced daughters of civil servants collect their dead parents’ pensions, weighing on a social security system that experts say will collapse in 15 years unless it is overhauled. [Greek] law protects civil servants from dismissal, [and] it allows them to retire with (Read more…)

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So you’ve inherited real estate

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

Capital gains and other implications to consider

The post So you’ve inherited real estate appeared first on MoneySense.

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How the BBC’s Micro:bit came to be

Posted July 7, 2015 by Matt Brian

In the early eighties, the BBC started a computing revolution with the launch of the Micro. The heavy, light-brown box, created with help from Acorn and ARM, was designed to complement the broadcaster’s ongoing computer literacy project. It was inten…

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Politics and its Discontents: Another Fox Guarding The Hen House

Posted July 7, 2015 by Lorne

It is hardly news to suggest that the National Energy Board (NEB) is rife with bias favouring the energy sector. Half of its members are professionals from the gas and oil industries, and all but one was appointed by the Harper regime. But now it seems the government is not even trying to pretend that the Board exists for anything but the good of the energy industry.

Mychaylo Prystupa reports the following: On Tuesday, Conservative Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford appointed Calgary engineering PhD Murray Lytle. “Dr. Lytle brings many years of experience in the oil, gas and mining fields (Read more…)

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Sex on the beach lands man two and a half years in jail for ‘lewd’ behaviour on Florida seaside

Posted July 7, 2015 by Vancouver Sun - News

Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old saw them. The Bradenton Herald reported the woman said she ‘had been dancing on Caballero or ‘nudging’ him to wake him’

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

This Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is a perfect summer dessert!  The tang of the rhubarb with the sweetness and flavour of the strawberries makes this dessert a family favourite!  And it’s amazing served with vanilla ice cream! – – – – – – I cannot believe the size of my rhubarb this year.  I mean LOOK […]

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Northern Reflections: The Green Coalition

Posted July 7, 2015 by Owen Gray

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In Canada, we think of a coalition as an arrangement between two political parties. But, Tasha Kheiriddin writes, there is a more fundamental coalition — a coalition of voters. Such a coalition is forming — a green coalition — and it is looking for the party with the best chance of defeating Stephen Harper:

In an interesting piece in the Hill Times, polling analyst Eric Grenier discusses the rise of a coalition not of parties, but of voters, similar to the east-west alliances which propelled both Conservative and Liberal governments into power in previous elections. According (Read more…)

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Facebook tests ‘floating’ videos in your News Feed

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

Pop-Up Video: it’s not just the greatest VH1 show ever, it’s also Facebook’s latest feature. The social network is rolling out floating videos for desktop users that can sit anywhere in your window while you continue browsing your News Feed. You can …

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We Calculated How Long It Would Take to Do Everything BuzzFeed Tells You to Do Before You Die

Posted July 7, 2015 by Anonymous

Photo by Jamie Lee Curtis Taete

It’s hard to look at BuzzFeed without being reminded of your mortality. The site spits out a seemingly never-ending bucket list of things we absolutely must do before we die: places to see, books to read,
urinals to pee in. And as we all inch closer to our imminent deaths, BuzzFeed creates more and more of these articles, making it seemingly impossible to accomplish all of these things before we kick the can.

If you’re as young and bored as I am, though, you might wonder: Could you pull it off? Could you actually check everything off the BuzzFeed bucket list, and if so, how long would it take? A little while ago, I set out to find out for myself. Here’s how I did it:

First, I had to compile all of the lists BuzzFeed has published in its “Before You Die” format. At the time I filed this story, there were 182 lists. These ranged from appreciating the little things in life (like watching the sunset) to full-blown adventures (like going to
South Africa’s version of Burning Man). BuzzFeed writers also seem obsessed with food, since practically every other list is about stuffing your face with 21 amazing Aussie burgers or the ten best New Orleans po-boys or the 15 best cheese toasties in London.

Next, I cataloged each task on each of the 182 lists. There are over a thousand individual tasks.

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Next, I calculated the time it would take to complete each of the tasks. This is where it all got slightly more complicated, since the time it would take to do most of these things is highly individualized. Eating fish and chips, for example—how long does that take the average person? If you were really vying for time, you could probably scarf some down in five minutes, but I’d much prefer to spend an hour savoring of a nice, greasy plate. And what if the restaurant was really busy and it took a long time for your server to bring the fish and chips to you? I settled on 30 minutes for eating fish and chips, as well as the other food-related tasks.

Other tasks required a fair amount of research, like
hiking the Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as St. James’ path, between Spain and France, which is less like a path and more like a pilgrimage. The trail is nearly 500 miles long. According to the trail’s official website, it takes four to six weeks to complete. I decided to allot 30 days to complete the trail, even though the website also noted that you would need to hike 18 miles per day without any rest days to finish the trail in that time, which seems completely insane.

I repeated this process for every single task on Buzzfeed’s lists. Again, there are over a thousand individual tasks.

Here is a time table showing a small sample of the time I allotted for certain tasks:

Some of the lists contained fast, easy tasks that be completed entirely from your couch—like this one, which requires you to look at 20 pictures of miniature pigs before you die—but for most of them, you have to travel. Some of the lists, like the Five Highest Places to Visit Before You Die, require you to jet set from the Haiku Stairs of Oahu, Hawaii to the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to the Taihang Mountains in China. In order to accomplish all of the tasks most effectively, you would need to travel the world. So I decided to calculate the travel time that it would take to work your way around the world, in an order most efficient for accomplishing each of the BuzzFeed tasks.

I decided to begin my hypothetical bucket-list journey in Boston, where I live, and work my way west through North America. I would visit 36 states in the United States and stop in Canada and Mexico along the way. Then onto the Dominican Republic to explore the three shipwrecks of Bayahibe, followed by stops at Turks and Caicos, and Belize. Some stops later, I’d spend 175 hours and ten minutes flying from country to country in Europe, stopping in Estonia to see the beech tree in Hiiumaa before taking a quick ten minute flight over to Finland to go to the Kontula indoor skatepark in Helsinki. I’d make my way over to Turkey to swim in the crystal blue mineral waters of the Pamukkale Springs in Hierapolis and then pop over to Jordan to grab a drink at the Cave Bar in Petra.

I whittled the travel time down to one-hour flights over borders, stopping in some countries for only a few minutes to visit a bakery or for a few hours to watch a sports game. In total, the round-the-world trip would take 26 days in travel time alone, and would include 108 countries.

The last thing I calculated was sleep time. I figured a person would be fairly tired after spending months on end climbing mountains, reading plays, and visiting museums every day, so I allotted the doctor-recommended eight hours per night. I really enjoy sleeping, so this is painful for me to even imagine, but when you’re racing to finish an extensive bucket-list in the fastest amount possible, I suppose luxuriating in the REM cycle shouldn’t be a priority. I also factored in how long it took me to calculate the trip—around 40 hours in total—and how long it would take to actually book the flights, hotels, and day-trips, which would be possibly twice that.

In conclusion—drumroll, please—I determined it would take 1,448.7 days to do everything that BuzzFeed says you need to do before you die. That’s 207 weeks, or just shy of four years.

I’ll repeat that some of the timing calculations were arbitrary. You could get stuck in a restaurant with poor service and it might take double the time to eat your fish and chips, or you could arrive somewhere like the Trinity Church on King George Island in Antarctica and decide it was too boring to stay the full hour. Your flights could get delayed, or you could get food poisoning at one of the restaurants and choose to bail on the next day’s activities. If you got the timing wrong, you might miss the small window when all 39 Christmas markets on the list are open, or arrive at the Mendenhall Ice Caves in Juneau, Alaska, to find that
they have all melted.

But if you planned it just right and you had the time, money, and stamina to accomplish everything on the list, then you could definitely do it.

That said, I’m not sure why anyone would want to. There are a lot of things on that list that I, personally, have no interest in doing. Why should I visit 39 different Christmas markets across Europe? I mean, I’m sure they’re beautiful and each have nice hot chocolate and giant, neon candy canes, but what’s the harm in not seeing all 39 of them? Is it really worth the hours it would take to learn
all 44 of these air guitar songs? Would I really be a lesser person for not having visited these 19 penis-shaped objects around the world?

I’m not saying I wouldn’t do it. If someone offered me the chance to travel the world and see some of the coolest things this Earth has to offer, I’d be hard pressed to say no. Of course, I’ll probably die before that happens. BuzzFeed has
a handy quiz for that, too.

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Federal Politics

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Candidate: To communicate and motivate.

Posted July 7, 2015 by Peter Lowry

Part 6 of our series for Canada’s federal candidates.

Do you want a guarantee of how to lose an election? It is so terribly easy. It is to fail to communicate frequently and enthusiastically with supporters. We are talking here about your party members in your riding, the people you already know are going to vote for you and those all-important financial supporters. Luckily, most of these people can give you an e-mail address and only a small number will require the use of postage stamps. And in this pre-writ period, your team should be adding names to the e-mail (Read more…)

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Media Advisory – Perth, Ontario

Posted July 7, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure event with Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergove…

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