The Canadian Coast Guard currently operates 21 helicopters in support of key programs and services across the country, including on Canada’s coastline (the single longest in the world), on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, in the North, as well as on other inland waters.
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded today a successful North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Foreign Ministers Meeting. The main focus of the meeting was on the implementation of the Warsaw Summit commitments, including working more closely with partners to address the evolving security concerns in the Euro-Atlantic region.
Statistics play an essential role in democratic societies, providing governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, the research community and the public with information about economic, demographic, social and environmental matters. Data help stak…
Canadians rely on the integrity and accuracy of the data produced by Statistics Canada to properly manage their affairs, improve their health and well-being, and facilitate business and economic growth. Impartial information is essential for making inf…
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today made the following statement: “Our government believes that for a national statistical agency to be credible, there must be a high degree of professional inde…
The idea of Donald Trump as president has a lot of people very nervous. Why not? Trump, after all, is a bloated bag of personality quirks and psychological issues that place his fitness for the Oval Office in question.
Then there’s his pick of national security advisor, retired general Michael Flynn. Forget the blind leading the blind. Let’s up that to the unhinged leading the unhinged.
There may be no more dangerous choice Trump has made so far than picking Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser. There are few more important positions in the White House, and few where the wrong choice could have consequences quite as catastrophic. If we contemplate how President Trump might handle an international crisis – which he will face, probably before long – we see just how troubling Flynn’s appointment is.
…Early on, Flynn was one of the only former military leaders who endorsed Trump and campaigned with him. He quickly became Trump’s closest adviser on national security.
But to put it plainly, Michael Flynn is a crackpot.
…Flynn, who was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was fired by President Barack Obama for a number of reasons, including mismanagement. His staff got so used to him believing things that were obviously false that they began referring to them as “Flynn Facts.” Nevertheless, he had a complete certainty in his own rightness.
At one meeting, reports the New York Times, “Mr Flynn said that the first thing everyone needed to know was that he was always right. His staff would know they were right, he said, when their views melded to his.” Furthermore, “Some also described him as a Captain Queeg-like character, paranoid that his staff members were undercutting him and credulous of conspiracy theories.”
“Flynn, who has 106,000 Twitter followers, has used the platform to retweet accusations that Clinton is involved with child sex trafficking and has “secretly waged war” on the Catholic Church, as well as charges that Obama is a “jihadi” who “laundered” money for Muslim terrorists.”
…We can debate how troubling the spread of fake news is, and what it says about our society that people are willing to believe that Hillary Clinton is connected to a paedophilia ring. What we can’t debate is that no one who believes that kind of lunacy should be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office. But Michael Flynn does. He has retweeted links to insane stories like that one, and his son and chief of staff – who may or may not be part of the Trump transition team, depending on who’s answering the question at a particular moment – has gone even farther down the rabbit hole.
Here’s why this is so important. The national security adviser’s job is to coordinate policy between the multiple agencies whose work touches on national security – the Pentagon, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and others – and make sure that the president has the best, clearest, and most accurate information with which to make decisions. For a President Trump’s unique combination of ignorance, inexperience and impulsiveness, it’s particularly vital to have a national security adviser who can encourage calm and thoughtfulness, and not be distracted by what’s irrelevant or downright false.
At some point early in his presidency, Trump is going to confront some kind of national security crisis. Every president does. Maybe it will be a terrorist attack, or a coup in a country in a volatile region, or an aggressive move by an adversary, or a conflict between two nations that the United States might get sucked into. He may have to make decisions quickly, with information that is partial and changing from hour to hour. He’ll get advice from all those different people, and when it’s over, Mike Flynn will be one of the last people in the room telling him what he should do. Trump trusts Flynn, and his words will carry particular weight – perhaps more than anyone else working on the crisis.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church warns that the mass media has become scatalogical.Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis says.Fra…
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced today an investment of up to $780,040 to 4-H Canada to host the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit.
Living in the rainiest part of Canada, the legendary “wet coast,” one tends to understand rain as others sometimes might not.
Out here we are steeped in the high winds and heavy rains that blow in from the Pacific. But the situation has been changing in recent years. The rains have been getting heavier, the winds seemingly stronger. Rains that wake you up in the middle of the night from a dead sleep. Happens a lot lately. Winds so strong and turbulent that the rainfall switches direction before your eyes and sometimes seems almost horizontal.
A few years ago we received this Biblical deluge. It started as abruptly as it finished, no more than 18-minutes, like a tap turning on and off. No rain, rain, no rain. Yet, in that brief interval, we received so much rain that it produced this:
Here’s the thing. This is early onset stuff. We’re just getting started.
When the skies open up and deluge an area, the results can be catastrophic, with roads washed out and homes destroyed by the resulting flash floods. Such extreme downpours are already occurring more often across the US, but a new study finds that as global temperatures rise, storms could dump considerably more rain and skyrocket in frequency.
The study, in the journal Nature Climate Change, suggests that storms that now occur about once a season could happen five times a season by the century’s end, a 400% increase.
And when such storms do occur, they could produce up to 70% more rain. That means that an intense thunderstorm that would today drop about 5cm (2 inches) of rain would drop 9cm in the future.
How much worse will it get? That depends on a number of factors from how quickly we can decarbonize our societies and our economies to how well we manage upgrading and replacing essential infrastructure such as storm sewers and floodways. So far neither the United States nor Canada has got an effective, coherent plan to deal with this threat to our homes, our communications, and our agriculture.
Minister of Veterans Affairs honours the immense courage of Canadians during the Second World War
International Human Rights Day should be a chance to celebrate the advances we’ve made to make the world a safer place for those suffering the threats of hate, racism and division.
We should be marking our successes, and showing the world how much we …
And now, from supporting research that studies severe drought, to atmospheric changes, to the impact of Arctic storms-the Canadian Climate Forum has been important to the research of climate change in Canada and around the world.
Once again, the National Battlefields Commission (NBC) will offer visitors wonderful winter moments to spend with family and friends at the very heart of the city. History lovers and snowshoe enthusiasts will be well served with the Snowshoer’s lively …
I want to thank my co-host Minister Eric Hoskins for agreeing to help in the coordination of this very important day and for hosting it. And of course I want to also thank the folks at the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse
Québec, Quebec, December 7, 2016 – Following its assessment of the collapse of the platform and gangway at the wharf in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, Quebec, in September (occurrence number M16C0146), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is publishing a Marine Safety Information Letter today.
I guess they’ve been winging it so far. Kirsty Duncan has finally located her lost mandate letter, the one that instructs her to find a Chief Science Advisor for the Trudeau government. That would be the same letter she’s apparently ignored throughout …
The energy agenda of the incoming Trump administration just got a lot clearer. A memo sent by Thomas Pyle, president of the Koch-funded Institute for Energy Research (IER) and head of the Trump transition’s energy team, laid out “The Trump Administration’s Energy Plan.”
The memo, which was received and published by the Center for Media and Democracy, was sent by Pyle to a private email list just days before the Trump team announced that it would replace a Koch lobbyist with Pyle, a Koch-funded former lobbyist, to lead the Department of Energy transition team efforts.
Astrobiologist David Grinspoon describes the Anthropocene, Earth’s new geological epoch this way: “We’re at the controls of planet Earth, but we’re not in control.“
True enough. We, mankind, are in the driver’s seat and we have the pedal to the metal only no one has taken the wheel.
Gazing over the countless transformations in Earth’s multibillion-year history, I am struck by the unique strangeness of the present moment. We suddenly find ourselves sort of running a planet — a role we never anticipated or sought — without knowing how it should be done. We’re at the controls, but we’re not in control.
The scientific community is now converging on the idea that we have entered a new phase, or epoch, of Earth history — one in which the net activity of humans has become a powerful agent of geological change, equal to the other great forces of nature that build mountains and shape continents and species. The proposed name for this new epoch is the “Anthropocene” or the age of humanity. Many species have changed the planet, like the cyanobacteria that long ago pumped oxygen — terribly poisonous for most life at the time — into the atmosphere. But there has never before been a geological force aware of its own influence. We are witnessing something unprecedented and still completely unpredictable: the advent of self-aware geological change.
It’s a challenging moment for human civilization. The great restless cleverness of our species has gotten us into a tough spot. Our collective actions threaten the well-being of many of our fellow humans, not to mention vast numbers of our more distant biological relatives. Our very survival may be threatened. Paradoxically this comes at a time, and even largely as a result, of unparalleled advancement in our scientific and technological prowess. But if we’re so great at figuring things out and inventing solutions to problems, how come we’re in this mess? Part of the reason we are, so far, stumbling through this transition is that we have not yet seen it clearly for what it is. Our fundamental Anthropocene dilemma is that we have achieved global impact but have no mechanisms for global self-control.
…Before we were modern humans we were hominids who were nearly wiped out by climate change but survived by constructing new material and social technologies and finding new ways to live. …We’ve bounced back a few times from the edge of extinction, and ultimately thrived due to our abilities to communicate, work collectively, adapt creatively to changing environments, and solve problems through technological and social innovation.
Now we need to do so again.
…Our obligation now is to move beyond lamenting the job we’ve done as reluctant, clumsy, incompetent planet-shapers. We have to face the fact that we’ve become a planetary force, and figure out how to be a better one. A planetary view of the human journey suggests that we are not stuck, just disoriented, not evil, just confused, struggling to find our way in a world increasingly of our own making. We’ve been building an expanding, rapidly changing civilization on a finite world with no long-term plan. Our challenge is to acknowledge the predicament we’re in, and not to succumb to toxic fatalism. Our most valuable resources — creativity, communication, invention and reinvention — are in fact unlimited.
If we make it through the next few centuries it will be because we’ve honed our survival skills and adapted them to work on a planetary scale. Once we achieve that, we’ll have done much more than ensure our own persistence against shortsighted self-induced challenges. We will have unleashed the power of reason and foresight in permanent defense of Earth’s biosphere.
Meeting with leaders in the field of official languages to conclude the Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultations 2016.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced three federal appointments to the Waterfront Toronto Board of Directors. These new Directors, from various backgrounds and fields of expertise in Toronto, will br…
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy M. Foote and the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant-General Michael Hood will make an announcement on the project to replace fixed-wing search and rescue…
Disclosure: I ran for an opposing political party last federal election, and currently run a decision-making company which does not use third-party foreign privacy trackers and prioritizes on privacy and security.
On Twitter, I have recently bet my friend, Liberal MP Maryam Monsef, $1 million that I could impact the outcome of the results of the Liberals’ new online electoral reform survey, MyDemocracy.ca. I also bet the minister $200,000 that I could have those results tampered with and manipulated, including entering multiple attempts to take the survey.
— Kris Constable (@cqwww) December 5, 2016
I’ve also asked that she stop leaking the personal values and votes of Canadians with several third-party foreign companies, which is exactly what this website is doing right now.
As a privacy and security expert, I concluded that the MyDemocracy survey is not just ineffective in its stated political objectives, it’s literally giving up the privacy of Canadians in real time. This is really dangerous, not only from the various privacy trackers — which you can see using the EFF’s Privacy Badger plugin — but scary when you realize that this issue applies to all of Public Safety’s websites I have tested.
That’s right — by visiting the the Canadian Government’s Public Safety websites, they are intentionally using third-party scripts in their website code to gather and provide your online behaviour and activity to foreign companies and governments.
How valuable will this information be for the Liberals’ next election?
Consider that this information is effectively politically profiling any Canadian who participates in this survey. How valuable will this information be for the Liberals’ next election?
This also applies to things like the terribly worded and biased National Security survey that is happening right now. What will the American government/companies do with all of the data that the Canadian government is openly sharing with them in real time?
This is on top of the fact that Canada’s digital spies are monitoring all of these votes as well.
Adding more to the “dumpster fire” that is the MyDemocracy survey, NDP MP Nathan Cullen and others excoriated it in the House of Commons:
Finally, as University of Victoria Assistant Economics Professor Rob Gillezeau tweeted, there exists an obscure clause in the MyDemocracy survey’s privacy agreement that is obviously very problematic:
Buried in the mydemocracy.ca privacy section: if you don’t fill out the “optional” personal information section your results are trashed. pic.twitter.com/phAhn0o0uR
— Rob Gillezeau (@robgillezeau) December 5, 2016
If you don’t like the idea of your personal information, votes and activity going to foreign companies and governments, I would not enter any information on any (government) website that EFF’s Privacy Badger is showing contains third-party privacy trackers.
To my friend Maryam Monsef, who I know does not have a technical background and is doing her best in her new challenging and critical role:
I request that we get a commitment from our government that they will stop using foreign privacy trackers, as well as a commitment they will not use this data after the survey is complete, if they don’t choose to just abandon the survey data altogether.
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On behalf of the Government of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, issued the following statement welcoming the release of New Brunswick’s climate change plan and commending New Brunswick on its climate change leadership.
Event date: December 7, 2016 – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, will deliver a brief statement with respect to Statistics Canada and will also be available to answer questions.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been looking to find solutions to improve service to clients and reduce the uncertainty for Canadian citizens and permanent residents and for their spouses and partners who are being sponsored …
The Government of Canada is releasing a new spousal sponsorship application kit on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website on December 15, 2016. The new application kit will make it easier and faster to apply through the spou…
December 7, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.
At the direction of the Minister, earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began a concerted effort to reduce processing times. From the start of 2016 to the fall, processing times were reduced by 15 percent for in-Canada applications and just over 10 percent for applications outside Canada.
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced today the delivery of the last mobile workspaces from DEW Engineering and Development for use by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as medical and dental clinics, workshops, field kitchens and command posts.
The Competition Bureau worked with Moose Knuckles, a premium outerwear brand, to reach an agreement regarding concerns over its advertising and labelling of certain parkas that are promoted as Made in Canada. This agreement brings an end to the legal p…
This Raspberry Baked French Toast or Bread Pudding recipe is a perfect holiday brunch idea! It’s creamy, rich and so delicious. Serve with fresh fruit and sausages for a complete breakfast! – – – – – – – I don’t know what it is about Christmas morning breakfast, but I always seem to forget to plan properly for it. I think it’s likely due to the fact that for the 4 weeks leading up to the big day, I’ve been busy planning Christmas gifts, baking, parties and Christmas dinner, so Christmas morning tends to get overlooked. And I think it’s also because I just never know what to make which is silly because I even put together this post last year full of great ideas, so you’d think I’d have some clue. Anyway, this year I vow to go into Christmas Day better prepared! In fact I started early this year and have thus far, come up with two great brunch ideas…this Raspberry Baked French Toast, and an Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce that I’m sharing over on the Kendall-Jackson Blog today. So let’s just have a look at this dish, shall we? This is a Raspberry Baked French […]
Today, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen will take part in a Skype question and answer session live from Houston. He will speak to the students about his journey, what it takes to become an astronaut and life in space.
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, introduced the first so-called “Halliburton Loophole” bill back in 1999 before it was ever known as such.
Sessions co-sponsored the bill (S.724) with the climate change-denying Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). The bill called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act as it relates to hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).
The bill’s language eventually became a provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, known today as the “Halliburton Loophole” because the company’s ex-CEO and then-Vice President Dick Cheney headed up the industry-loaded Energy Policy Task Force which helped pen the bill’s language.