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Successful 2017 Halifax International Security Forum

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Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan wrapped up the 9th annual edition of the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), where he highlighted Canadian security and defence priorities through candid discussions with Defence Ministers, the academic community, industry, and officials from across the globe.

This year’s Forum, held from November 17-19, 2017, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, followed closely on the heels of the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial held in Vancouver, a testament to Canada’s commitment to supporting continued dialogue on global security matters.

While at HISF, Minister Sajjan reiterated the Government of Canada’s multi-disciplinary whole-of-government approach to peace support operations, defence and security challenges, and multilateral cooperation with partners and allies. He also emphasized the work underway to implement Canada’s Defence Policy Strong, Secure, Engaged, an ambitious yet realistic plan that outlines Canada’s defence priorities for the next 20 years.

On the margins of the Forum, Minister Sajjan held a number of bilateral meetings, including with the U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, and his Afghanistan counterpart, Minister of Defence Tariq Shah Bahrami, and Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

The Minister also had the opportunity to congratulate Ms. Clare Hutchinson on her recent appointment to the role of NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security and speak with Switzerland’s Minister of Defence, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, and Secretary of the Navy Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz and Secretary of Defense for the Philippines Delfin N. Lorenzana.

Throughout the Forum the Minister continued discussions on Canada’s recently announced UN peace support pledge and reaffirmed Canada’s interest in working collaboratively with the international community to address emerging security threats.

“This year, Canada’s 150th, has been a busy year for our country. Hosting the 2017 Halifax International Security Forum in addition to the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial truly illustrated to me the progress we’ve made as an international community building a more peaceful world. I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished, along with our allies and partners, to eradicate threats to our security and stability. I look forward to continue building on this progress so that all Canadians and global citizens may enjoy a safer and more prosperous world,” said Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.

The Halifax International Security Forum connected more than 350 defence leaders from across the world, including senior government and military officials, policymakers, opinion leaders, academics, and members of the business community from like-minded nations.

Discussions included women’s role in peace processes, climate change, the challenges of rebuilding the Middle East, North Korea and its nuclear weapons program, relations with Russia, global terrorism, emerging technologies and UN peace operations, among many others.  


Le ministre Sajjan a été l’hôte du Forum d’Halifax de 2017 sur la sécurité internationale, qui a été couronné de succès

Le ministre de la Défense nationale Harjit S. Sajjan a conclu la 9e édition du Forum d’Halifax sur la sécurité internationale, au cours duquel il a souligné les priorités du Canada en matière de défense et de sécurité au cours de discussions franches avec d’autres ministres de la défense, des représentants du milieu universitaire et de l’industrie ainsi qu’avec de hauts dirigeants de partout dans le monde. 

Le forum de cette année a eu lieu du 17 au 19 novembre 2017 à Halifax, en Nouvelle‑Écosse. Il s’est tenu peu de temps après la Réunion de 2017 des ministres de la Défense sur le maintien de la paix de l’ONU organisée à Vancouver, qui se veut un témoignage de l’engagement du Canada de favoriser un dialogue soutenu sur les questions de sécurité mondiale.

Lors du Forum, le ministre Sajjan a réitéré l’adoption de l’approche multidisciplinaire pangouvernementale du gouvernement du Canada concernant les opérations de maintien de la paix, les défis en matière de défense et de sécurité, et la coopération multilatérale avec nos partenaires et alliés. Il a également souligné que des étaient travaux en cours en vue de la mise en œuvre de la politique de défense du Canada, Protection, Sécurité, Engagement, un plan ambitieux, mais réaliste, qui souligne les priorités du gouvernement en matière de défense pour les 20 prochaines années.

En marge du Forum, le ministre Sajjan a participé à de nombreuses rencontres bilatérales, y compris une réunion avec le secrétaire à la Marine des États-Unies, Richard Spencer, la sénatrice Jeanne Shaheen, l’ambassadrice des États-Unis au Canada Kelly Craft, le président du Kosovo Hashim Thaci, et son homologue afghan, le ministre de la Défense Tariq Shah Bahrami, ainsi que le chef exécutif de l’Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah.

Le ministre a aussi eu l’occasion de féliciter Mme Clare Hutchinson pour sa récente nomination au poste de représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général de l’OTAN pour les femmes, la paix et la sécurité. Il a pu aussi parler au ministre de la Défense de la Suisse, le conseiller fédéral Guy Parmelin, ainsi qu’au secrétaire à la Défense nationale du Mexique, Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, et au secrétaire à la Marine, Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz. Il s’est également entretenu avec le secrétaire à la Défense des Philippines, Delfin N. Lorenzana.

Tout au long du Forum, le ministre a poursuivi les discussions au sujet de l’engagement du Canada envers les opérations de soutien de la paix de l’ONU récemment annoncé et il a réaffirmé la volonté du Canada de travailler en collaboration avec la communauté internationale afin de contrer les menaces émergentes liées à la sécurité.

« Cette année, avec son 150e anniversaire, le Canada a connu une année très occupée. Le fait que le Canada ait accueilli le Forum d’Halifax de 2017 sur la sécurité internationale en plus de la Réunion des ministres de la Défense sur le maintien de la paix de l’ONU me démontre clairement le progrès que nous avons accompli en tant que communauté internationale qui contribue à bâtir un monde plus pacifique. Je suis fier du travail que nous avons accompli de concert avec nos alliés et partenaires afin de neutraliser les menaces envers notre sécurité et notre stabilité. Je suis impatient de poursuivre ce progrès pour faire en sorte que les Canadiens et tous les citoyens du monde puissent vivre dans un monde plus sûr et plus prospère. dit Harjit S. Sajjan, ministre de la Défense. »                                                       

Le Forum d’Halifax sur la sécurité internationale a permis de rassembler plus de 350 dirigeants de la défense de partout dans le monde, dont de hauts dirigeants du gouvernement et des forces armées, des décideurs, des leaders d’opinion, des universitaires et des gens d’affaires provenant de pays ayant des vues similaires.

Les discussions ont porté notamment sur la participation des femmes aux processus de paix, les changements climatiques, les défis associés à la reconstruction du Moyen‑Orient, la Corée du Nord et son programme d’armement nucléaire, les relations avec la Russie, le terrorisme mondial, les technologies émergentes et les opérations de maintien de la paix de l’ONU.

 

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Canada and U.S. test emergency comminications

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Home to the longest international border in the world, Canada and the United States (U.S) must be prepared to coordinate effective emergency responses in the event of disasters or other threats to safety and security.

In support of this, the Department of National Defence’s Centre for Security Science and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate teamed up for the fifth time to conduct an experiment supporting emergency management officials and first responders. The Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment series, known as CAUSE, took place on November 15th and 16th near the border between Lower Mainland, British Columbia, and Whatcom County, in the state of Washington.

Based on a fictional scenario involving a volcanic eruption and subsequent crater collapse, emergency responders and management officials from both nations were able to effectively improve situational awareness and communication of critical information necessary to better plan and execute a coordinated response to a potential incident affecting both sides of the border.

Emergency officials put their knowledge and skills to the test using cutting-edge information sharing technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and public safety broadband networks. These networks are secure high-speed wireless data communications networks used by emergency responders and public safety personnel in emergency situations.

The CAUSE demonstration series provides participants with the opportunity to use a range of tools in a simulated environment, and determine how the technology and applications perform in different scenarios. Information gathered through these collaborative efforts is key to assessing the functionality and value of relevant technology, and enables the operational community to make improvements to emergency responses involving cross-border defence, public and safety and security operations. 

“First responders work hard to keep Canadians safe and secure.  During a crisis, emergency responders need to have access to the latest tools and technology in order to better coordinate and deliver a quick, efficient response.  CAUSE is a valuable experiment that will help improve emergency responders’ safety and operational effectiveness on both sides of the border.  We look forward to continuing to improve cross-border communication with our American counterparts,” said The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

“A key commitment for the Government of Canada is supporting the development of new tools and technologies that will help emergency management officials respond to and recover from disasters as safely and efficiently as possible. The lessons learned from the CAUSE series gives us valuable insight into the application of cutting-edge communication technologies that will benefit both Canadian and U.S. safety and security operations,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister.

Some hazards, manmade or natural, know no borders. We share the world’s longest international border with Canada with a diverse terrain and weather conditions. When disaster strikes our borders, U.S. and Canadian first responders, and emergency managers need to be able to communicate and interoperate efficiently.  The Canada-US Enhanced Resilience Experiment series has proven that the collaboration we have in these areas is valuable and necessary. DHS S&T is committed to work in the R&D space to give our responders the tools and the technology they need so they are better protected, connected and full aware while saving lives and property,” said William N. Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. 

CAUSE V is a collaborative effort between the Department of National Defence’s Centre for Security Science, Public Safety Canada, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, in conjunction with various partners, including local emergency responders and supporting federal agencies and departments within British Columbia and Washington State.

This demonstration provides participants with opportunity to use various tools in a simulated setting to learn how technologies such as radio, telecommunication and social media systems perform under different emergency scenarios. This information will help assess the functionality and value of the technology, determine potential improvements for operational use, and identify the procedures and training needed to maximize effective use.

Spanning almost 9,000 km, the Canada-U.S. border is the longest international border in the world; it represents more than three times the distance between Paris, France and Moscow, Russia. The Canada-U.S. border touches eight Canadian provinces and territories and 13 U.S. states. 


Des responsables de la gestion des urgences canadiens et américains mettent à l’essai de nouvelles technologies de communication dans le cadre d’un scénario catastrophe fictif

Le gouvernement du Canada, conformément à sa nouvelle politique de défense, Protection, Sécurité, Engagement, s’engage à investir dans des capacités qui renforceront notre capacité à anticiper les menaces et les défis. La capacité d’exploiter les possibilités et d’agir de façon efficace et décisive en collaboration avec nos alliés et partenaires est d’une importance cruciale pour assurer la sécurité des Canadiens au pays et à l’étranger.

Le Canada et les États-Unis, qui possèdent l’une des frontières internationales les plus longues au monde, doivent être prêts à coordonner des interventions d’urgence efficaces en cas de catastrophes ou d’autres menaces pour la sûreté et la sécurité.

À l’appui de cet objectif, le Centre des sciences pour la sécurité du ministère de la Défense nationale et la direction des sciences et de la technologie du Département de la sécurité intérieure des États-Unis ont uni leurs efforts pour une cinquième fois afin de mener une expérience utile pour les responsables de la gestion des urgences et les premiers intervenants. La série d’expériences Canada-États-Unis de renforcement de la résilience, connue sous le nom de CAUSE, s’est déroulée les 15 et 16 novembre près de la frontière entre les basses-terres continentales de la Colombie-Britannique et le comté de Whatcom, dans l’État de Washington.

À partir d’un scénario fictif mettant en scène une éruption volcanique et l’effondrement subséquent du cratère, les intervenants et les responsables de la gestion des urgences des deux pays ont pu efficacement améliorer la connaissance de la situation et la communication des renseignements essentiels nécessaires pour mieux planifier et exécuter une intervention coordonnée lors d’un éventuel incident touchant les deux côtés de la frontière.

Les responsables de la gestion des urgences ont mis leurs connaissances et leurs aptitudes à l’épreuve en employant des technologies d’échange d’information de pointe, notamment des véhicules aériens sans pilote et les réseaux à large bande pour la sécurité publique. Ces réseaux de communication de données sont sécurisés, de haute vitesse et sans-fil et sont utilisés par les intervenants d’urgence et le personnel chargé de la sécurité publique lors de situations d’urgence.

La série d’expériences CAUSE offre aux participants l’occasion d’employer une gamme d’outils dans un contexte fictif pour déterminer le rendement de la technologie et des applications dans différentes situations. Les renseignements recueillis dans le cadre de ces efforts collectifs sont essentiels pour établir la fonctionnalité et la valeur des technologies pertinentes et permettre à la communauté opérationnelle d’apporter des améliorations aux interventions d’urgence nécessitant des opérations de défense, de sûreté et de sécurité publiques transfrontalières. 

« Les premiers intervenants travaillent d’arrache-pied pour assurer la sécurité des Canadiens. Lors d’une crise, les intervenants d’urgence doivent avoir accès aux technologies et aux outils les plus novateurs pour assurer une meilleure coordination et mener une intervention rapide et efficace. CAUSE se révèle une expérience utile qui permettra d’accroître la sécurité et l’efficacité opérationnelle des intervenants d’urgence des deux côtés de la frontière. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir continuer d’améliorer la communication transfrontalière avec nos homologues américains. dit l’honorable Ralph Goodale, ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile. »

« L’un des principaux engagements du gouvernement du Canada consiste à appuyer le développement de nouveaux outils et de nouvelles technologies qui aideront les responsables de la gestion des urgences à intervenir lors de catastrophes et à rétablir la situation le plus sûrement et efficacement possible. Les leçons apprises dans le cadre de la série CAUSE nous donnent un précieux aperçu d’une application de technologies de communication de pointe fructueuse pour les opérations de sûreté et de sécurité canadiennes et américaines. dit Harjit S. Sajjan, ministre de la Défense. » 

« Certaines menaces, qu’elles soient d’origine naturelle ou humaine, n’ont pas de frontière. Les États-Unis et le Canada possèdent la plus longue frontière internationale au monde, et celle-ci se caractérise par différentes conditions routières et météorologiques. Lorsque des catastrophes frappent à cette frontière, les premiers intervenants et les responsables de la gestion des urgences canadiens et américains doivent pouvoir communiquer et collaborer efficacement. La série d’expériences Canada-États-Unis de renforcement de la résilience a prouvé que notre collaboration dans ce domaine s’avère utile et indispensable. La direction des sciences et de la technologie du Département de la sécurité intérieure des États-Unis s’engage à travailler dans le domaine de la recherche et du développement pour offrir à ses intervenants les outils et les technologies nécessaires pour qu’ils puissent se protéger, demeurer connectés et agir en toute connaissance de cause lorsqu’ils sauvent des vies et des propriétés. dit William N. Bryan, cadre supérieur assumant les fonctions de sous-secrétaire de la direction des sciences et de la technologie du Département de la sécurité intérieure des Etats-Unis. »

CAUSE V est un effort de collaboration entre le Centre des sciences pour la sécurité (CSS) du ministère de la Défense nationale, Sécurité publique Canada et la direction des sciences et de la technologie du Département de la sécurité intérieure des États-Unis, en partenariat avec divers organismes, dont des intervenants d’urgence locaux ainsi que les organismes et ministères fédéraux qui les soutiennent en Colombie-Britannique et dans l’État de Washington.

Cette démonstration technologique a offert aux participants l’occasion d’employer divers outils dans un contexte fictif afin d’apprendre comment les technologies comme les systèmes de radio, de télécommunications et de médias sociaux, fonctionnent dans diverses situations d’urgence. Les renseignements obtenus peuvent être utilisés pour évaluer la fonctionnalité et la valeur des technologies et pour déterminer les changements qui pourraient être apportés afin d’améliorer leur utilisation dans un contexte opérationnel, ainsi que les procédures et la formation requises afin d’optimiser leur utilisation.

S’étendant sur près de 9 000 km, la frontière entre le Canada et les États-Unis est la plus longue frontière internationale du monde. Sa longueur représente trois fois la distance entre Paris (France) et Moscou (Russie). La frontière canado-américaine longe huit provinces et territoires canadiens et treize États américains.

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Meggitt PLC awarded UK aerospace R&D grant

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International aerospace and defence engineering group Meggitt PLC, together with a consortium of selected business partners, has secured UK Government funding of £3.7 million to finance research and development in advanced thermal systems technology for next-generation energy efficient ultra-high bypass ratio (UHBR) aero engines. The grant, provided through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) programme, will be matched by the consortium.

The £7.4 million programme will focus on developing innovative new technologies which will enable the design of increasingly lighter, more compact thermal management solutions to maximise aero engine performance. The manufacture and production of these components along with in-service engineering will be undertaken by Meggitt in a new Thermal Management Centre of Excellence in the UK (Midlands based). There will also be opportunities for Meggitt’s UK supply chain to benefit from this activity.

Meggitt says this programme will help the company consolidate its UK footprint into a Centre of Excellence, and will provide a platform for growth and future investment.

Richard Harrington, Minister for Energy and Industry said: “Aerospace is a great British success story, supporting over 120,000 high-skilled jobs in the UK and generating over £32 billion a year for the economy. Through our modern Industrial Strategy, the UK will continue to build on our strengths in the aerospace sector, and this investment in new products to support the next generation of engines demonstrates our commitment to this high-flying industry.”

Gary Elliott, Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Technology Institute, described heat management technology as a "key enabler" for next-generation engines, calling it "a challenging but strategic area.”

Hugh Clayton, Meggitt PLC Group Director, Engineering & Strategy echoed that description, explaining that this technology "is an important enabler for more efficient and quieter air travel. This is very much a partnership programme and we are privileged to be working with some of the UK’s leading aerospace research bodies and institutions.”

Meggitt’s partners include members of the UK Government High Value Manufacturing Catapult network the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the Advanced Forming Research Centre and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, as well as heat transfer experts, S & C Thermal Fluids Ltd, and the world-class aerospace research institute, Cranfield University.

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CSDP Symposium to look at global security

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Building on the success of previous editions, the 4th EU-Canada Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Symposium will be held Monday, 20 November in Ottawa. This annual event brings together Canadian and European military and civilian practitioners, policymakers and academic experts, and offers a platform for exchanges on addressing global security threats.

This year, CSDP Symposium tackles such security issues as asymmetric and hybrid warfare at a time when the lines between external and internal security are becoming increasingly blurred and when the traditional order is being challenged on multiple fronts.

"In this complex environment, Canada and the EU share the same strategic objectives, deeply rooted in a shared worldview and historic and cultural ties," said Peteris Ustubs, European Union Ambassador to Canada. "Canada and the EU have worked together over the years, within NATO, in the multilateral context of the United Nations, OSCE and Council of Europe to promote these shared visions.

"I am glad to see that the CSDP Symposium is increasingly claiming its spot as an important forum to discuss security and defence matters in Ottawa," the Ambassador continued.

Keynote addresses will be given by Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and Jean Rioux, Parliamentary Secretary to Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Ambassador Ustubs will offer closing remarks.

The EU is a global security provider, active in peacekeeping and conflict prevention. Since CSDP was set up 15 years ago, the EU has conducted more than 30 civilian and military operations. There are currently 16 ongoing CSDP missions, including 10 civilian and six military operations.

On 13 November, 23 EU Member States agreed to join forces to further strengthen cooperation in the field of defence by setting up the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) mechanism. Together with the EU Defence Fund, PESCO will reinforce EU defence cooperation in close coordination with NATO.

"It is a historic day for European defence. After so many years, the provision of the Lisbon Treaty establishing the possibility for EU Member States to have a Permanent Structured Cooperation on Defence is going to be initiated," said Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Established in 1976, the Delegation of the European Union to Canada is a fully-fledged diplomatic mission and, as such, the natural contact point in Canada between the EU and the Canadian authorities. It also has a strong public diplomacy mandate designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the European Union as well as EU-Canada relations.

The afternoon-long CSDP Symposium gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on 20 November at Victoria Hall, John G. Diefenbaker Building, 111 Sussex Dr. in Ottawa.

To register, go to: https://www.eucanada.eu/en/register.html  


Le 4e Colloque annuel sur la PSDC se penche sur les défis pour la sécurité mondiale

S'appuyant sur le succès des éditions précédentes, le 4e Colloque UE-Canada sur la politique de sécurité et défense commune (PSDC) aura lieu ce lundi 20 novembre à Ottawa. Cet évènement annuel rassemble des experts militaires et civils canadiens et européens, ainsi que des décideurs et experts universitaires, et offre une plateforme d'échanges sur les menaces pour la sécurité mondiale.

Cette année, le colloque sur la PSDC aborde des questions de sécurité telles que la guerre asymétrique et hybride, alors que les frontières entre la sécurité extérieure et intérieure deviennent de plus en plus floues, et à un moment où l'ordre traditionnel est contesté sur plusieurs fronts.

« Dans cet environnement complexe, le Canada et l'UE partagent les mêmes objectifs stratégiques, profondément enracinés dans une vision du monde et des liens historiques et culturels partagés », a déclaré Peteris Ustubs, Ambassadeur de l'Union européenne au Canada. « Le Canada et l'UE ont travaillé ensemble au fil des ans, au sein de l'OTAN, dans le contexte multilatéral des Nations Unies, de l'OSCE et du Conseil de l'Europe pour promouvoir ces visions partagées.

« Je suis heureux de voir le Colloque sur la PSDC devenir un forum important pour les discussions de sécurité et de défense, ici à Ottawa », a poursuivi l'Ambassadeur. 

Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, secrétaire parlementaire du ministre des Affaires étrangères Letton, et Jean Rioux, secrétaire parlementaire du ministre canadien de la Défense nationale, Harjit Sajjan, prononceront un discours d'ouverture.

Matt DeCourcey, secrétaire parlementaire de la ministre canadienne des Affaires étrangères, Chrystia Freeland, et l'Ambassadeur Ustubs prononceront une allocution de clôture.

L'UE est un acteur important pour la sécurité à travers le monde. Elle participe activement au maintien de la paix et la prévention de conflits. Depuis la création de la PSDC il y a 15 ans, l'UE a mené plus de 30 opérations civiles et militaires. Il y a actuellement 16 missions PSDC en cours, dont 10 civiles et 6 militaires.

Le 13 novembre, 23 États membres de l'UE ont décidé d'unir leurs forces et d'intensifier leur coopération dans le domaine de la défense en mettant en place le mécanisme de coopération structurée permanente (CSP). Conjointement avec le Fonds de défense de l'UE, CSP renforcera la coopération en matière de défense de l'UE, en collaboration étroite avec l'OTAN.

« C'est une journée historique pour la défense européenne : après tant d'années, la disposition du Traité de Lisbonne établissant la possibilité pour les États membres de l'UE d'avoir une coopération permanente structurée sur la défense va être lancée», a déclaré Federica Mogherini, Haute représentante de l'Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité.

Établie en 1976, la Délégation de l'Union européenne au Canada est une mission diplomatique à part entière et donc le point de contact naturel au Canada entre l'UE et les autorités canadiennes. Elle dispose également d'un mandat de diplomatie publique visant à améliorer la connaissance et la compréhension de l'Union européenne ainsi que des relations UE-Canada.

La conférence PSDC débute à 12h30 le 20 novembre, dans la Salle Victoria, édifice John G. Diefenbaker, 111, promenade Sussex, à Ottawa. 

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Sidearm stolen from Manitoba RCMP officer

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Toronto police arrest two for hate content

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The Toronto Police Service announced it has arrested James Sears and Lawrence St. Germaine of Your Ward News. Both were charged with two counts of willful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group, namely Jews and women.

In recent years, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and other community activists had provided both the Toronto Police and Canada Post with evidence of antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content appearing in Your Ward News. Toronto's Intelligence Services Hate Crime Unit reportedly received numerous complaints from the community since March 2015.

“We commend Toronto Police Service for taking action against Your Ward News,” said Berl Nadler, CIJA Toronto Chair. “There is no place in our city for the mass promotion of hatred against women and minorities. I am proud that the Jewish community played a key role in bringing James Sears and Your Ward News to account before the law. We want to ensure that tens of thousands of GTA families are no longer forced to receive hate propaganda on their doorsteps."

“We will continue to monitor and pursue Your Ward News and any publications that spread hate, by working collaboratively with other targeted groups, law enforcement, Canada Post, and relevant authorities,” Nadler concluded.

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Bill Morneau’s big ethics mistake

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NSI Committee ramping up

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15 Nov 2017

The new government department-style entity being created to oversee the country’s national security and intelligence operations includes 11 members from all recognized parties in the House and Senate.

The establishment of the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians received Royal Assent in June, and David McGuinty (Liberal MP for Ottawa South) was selected to chair the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.

According to an article in The Hill Times:

Having that role of the secretariat enshrined in legislation makes the Canadian committee structure the envy of its British counterpart, said Wesley Wark, a visiting research professor at the University of Ottawa and national security and intelligence expert. “From my perspective, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians is going to have a difficult birth. It’s going to face challenges. It needs a very strong support in terms of research and advisory support from an independent secretariat. And that secretariat will also have to help it build the bridges it will need between itself and the various elements of the Canadian security and intelligence community. It’s all a work in progress, but from my perspective the secretariat is a big piece of the equation, and in many respects the success or failure of the National Sec and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians will depend on the success or failure of the secretariat.”

An executive director and CEO (with the status of a deputy minister) will be appointed by Cabinet to serve a term of up to five years. The organization has yet to choose a facility from which to operate.

Despite the lack of office space, McGuinty has said he hopes the committee will start meeting before the end of November.

FrontLine's Editorial Advisor, Scott Newark, a former Alberta Crown prosecutor and former security adviser for the government of Ontario, says the secretariat will play an important role, and describes it as a "very positive" development.

"This Committee has the potential to be a significant positive development in the complex areas of national security operations and policy," says Newark. "By selecting the issues and cases of real relevance for review, the Committee can help ensure that the effective balance between national security and civil rights is maintained. At the same time, by asking the right questions of the right people in  a 'lessons learned' rather than 'finger pointing' approach, the Committee can also help determine defects in our current national security operations and the necessary changes to improve the situation. To achieve these important objectives the Committee will need to be supported by a substantively informed and properly resourced Secretariat of officials and a Prime Minister's Office that is prepared to provide the Committee with the independence it needs to achieve its important mandate. While only time will tell for sure, based on the actions to date, we appear to be headed in the right direction."

– Chris MacLean

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For many years, perhaps even for generations, female genital mutilation (FGM) in the U.S. has gone unreported, unsuspected and undetected because of the secretive trafficking of this barbaric practice.

Now, a landmark case is helping create awareness about FGM, which happens right here in America. The first federal prosecution of female genital mutilation is occurring in Detroit, Michigan, with the indictment of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who, along with her alleged conspirators, is part of the Muslim sect Dawoodi Bohra, which mandates this horrific practice on their young daughters, reports Elizabeth Yore, head of the initiative EndFGMToday. Nagarwala is charged with conspiracy, genital mutilation, transporting minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, lying to a federal agent and obstructing an official proceeding. If convicted, she could face up to life in prison.

Yore, who advocates for children, hopes this case will bring the crime of FGM out of the darkness and into the light so perpetrators can be prosecuted. She has been working closely with Childhelp, which offered a child abuse hotline for suspected cases of FGM as well.

“Incredibly,” Yore wrote in an op-ed for Townhall.com about the FBI’s FGM hotline, “a federal statute outlawing FGM was passed in 1996, and it has taken 21 years to bring a federal criminal prosecution. While this is a first important step, it signals the depth and extent of the covert conspiracy of silence to protect this hideous and barbaric practice on unsuspecting little girls. The public should be aware that it is also a federal crime to take a child out of the U.S. for the purposes of FGM.”

Trained representatives from the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline answer calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all calls are confidential. Those who call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453) can speak with professional crisis counselors who have access to resources on female genital mutilation, which is indeed child abuse, Yore said.

Through interpreters, Childhelp counselors provide assistance in more than 170 languages, and the hotline offers crisis intervention, information and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service and support resources. Yore urged the posting of the Childhelp hotline in offices, schools, transportation hubs including international airports, stores, hospitals and public spaces in order to defend girls from the vicious assault of FGM.

Yore also noted that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 513,000 women and girls in the U.S. are at risk for this brutal procedure. And the number of potential FGM victims is likely vastly unreported, she said. Despite the fact that the World Health Organization and the United Nations declared FGM a violation of human rights, more than 200 million women and girls are subjected to this torture around the world.

“Americans must demand that FGM no longer be imported and practiced in our country,” said Yore. “It’s against the law. It violates the human rights of little girls, and its barbarism will not be tolerated here. The potential victims of female genital mutilation deserve and need the protection of law enforcement so that no girl will be subjected to this brutal sexual assault.”

Learn more at www.EndFGMToday.com and on social media at #EndFGMToday about FGM and efforts underway in the U.S. to stop it.

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New Nat'l Security & Intelligence Committee

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6 November 2017

Canadians have been clear on the need for national security and intelligence communities to fully respect the rights and freedoms guaranteed to all citizens.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the establishment of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, a multi-party committee that includes representatives from both the House of Commons and the Senate.  

The Committee, to be chaired by David McGuinty (Member of Parliament for Ottawa South), will have the authority to review national security and intelligence activities carried out across the Government of Canada. This includes activities undertaken by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canada Border Services Agency, among  others. The Committee's mandate allows an unprecedented level of review and promotes government-wide accountability.

The Committee will provide the Prime Minister with annual reports on its reviews, and any findings and recommendations that will be tabled in both Houses of Parliament and referred to the appropriate Standing Committees. Special reports may also be issued as needed.

The Prime Minister said: "The creation of a strong, accountable, and multi-party committee of dedicated parliamentarians will help us ensure that our national security agencies continue to keep Canadians safe in a way that also safeguards our values, rights, and freedoms. This independent group will help strengthen the accountability of our national security and intelligence work. In our system of responsible government, there is no substitute for scrutiny by parliamentarians."

The members of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians will include:

Gordon Brown, Conservative
The Honourable Tony Clement, Privy Council, Conservative
The Honourable Percy E. Downe, Senate
Emmanuel Dubourg, Liberal
The Honourable Hedy Fry, Privy Council, Liberal
Gudie Hutchings, Liberal
The Honourable Frances Lankin, Privy Council, Order of Canada, Senate
David J. McGuinty, Liberal (Chair)
Murray Rankin, NDP
Brenda Shanahan, Liberal
The Honourable Vernon White, Senate

The Committee will be supported by an independent Secretariat that will be led by an Executive Director to be appointed in the near future.

The Prime Minister also intends to recommend to the Governor General the appointment of Mr. David McGuinty to the Queen's  Privy Council for Canada.

The Committee was created under the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act, which received Royal Assent on 22 June 2017.

The creation of a committee of parliamentarians to review government departments and agencies with national security responsibilities was also a commitment set out in the mandate letters of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

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Foreign hackers target GoC computer networks
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by Ken Pole, FrontLine correspondent

News that foreign state-operated hackers try to gain access to federal government’s computer networks approximately 50 times a week – and that at least one tends to be successful – prompted Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to underscore the need to “just keep working and win the race” even as hackers seem to stay one step ahead of security efforts.

In the last budget, we invested $77 million over a period of time to enhance our cyber security capacity,” he told reporters on Parliament Hill today, adding that a full security plan would be “forthcoming in the weeks ahead.”

Goodale noted that the government’s original plan, unveiled by the former Conservative administration in 2010, was considered “groundbreaking and ahead of the curve” but rapidly changing technologies have meant that departments and agencies “need to make sure that we have the technical capacity, the governance, the partnerships and the proactive vision to ensure that Canadians are safe.”

Asked where the hacking might originate, he replied that it comes from “all over”, including organized crime, foreign militaries, organized crime and “geeks in the basement”, facilitated by relatively cheap programs. “They’re trying to probe government systems, commercial systems, infrastructure systems. Some of it is just nuisance, some of it is criminal in intent, some of it is espionage and sabotage.”

Goodale said the agencies responsible for countering these efforts, notably the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), “do an absolutely remarkable job in – in defending from this onslaught […] every day.” That being said, “we constantly have to renew and bolster and strengthen the strategy. Steps have already been taken and we will continue this process.”

He also stressed that while the CSE “obviously has a role” to play and the fundamental governance structure is the government’s jurisdiction, “we will build partnerships with other levels of government and with the private sector in order to make sure that everyone is participating in their own area of responsibility.”

Given persistent rumours about Russian meddling in the last U.S. federal election campaign, he was asked whether he has concerns about similar initiatives against Canada. He pointed out that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had already mandated Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould and Elections Canada “to see all the various ways that we can make ourselves less vulnerable.”

The fact that cyber attacks cost the global economy “something like $400 billion” annually and could rise to $2 trillion in the next few years, prompted the minister to say that tackling hackers represents a “huge opportunity” in terms of potentially thousands of new jobs, research and advanced manufacturing. “This is a huge economic development tool if we set our minds to being the best at cyber security.”

– Ken Pole

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The Gulf Islands were the site of a simulated ferry evacuation with the Joint Task Force (Pacific) (JTFP) of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) coordinating search and rescue operations in a large-scale, on-water exercise. The exercise is jointly managed by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard with coordination through the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) involving both air coordination by the CAF and marine rescue coordination by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Following the ferry evacuation, command was handed to the Canadian Coast Guard for environmental response operations. It was all part of day one of Exercise Salish Sea 2017 – a multi-agency maritime disaster training exercise happening on Oct. 25 and 26th.

As part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada committed to having a better coordinated federal emergency response, by conducting regular response exercises with communities, stakeholders and Indigenous communities to ensure response readiness. The Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Armed Forces are leading the marine and air response to Exercise Salish Sea 2017, designed to help agencies and responders inter-operate in a simulated real-time environment. The scenario tested how agencies would work together in a large-scale marine emergency ranging from a mass casualty evacuation to the environmental response that follows such an incident.

Partners participating in Exercise Salish Sea include: Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian Coast Guard, BC Ferries, BC Emergency Health Services, Emergency Management BC, BC Ministry of Environment, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and Public Safety Canada, among a great many others. Coastal First Nations including Nisga’a, Metlakatla, Gitxaala, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Haisla, and Gitga’at observed the exercise to assist in developing localized search and rescue programs. 

“Thanks to our Government’s $1.5-billion investment in the Oceans Protection Plan, Canada will be better informed, better prepared and better equipped to respond in the event of marine emergencies and pollution incidents. Training scenarios like Exercise Salish Sea 2017 help us test and demonstrate our enhanced capacity, and I’m proud that the exercice was a tremendous success,” said The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“As Commander of Joint Task Force (Pacific) I recognize the importance of maintaining a high state of Search and Rescue readiness for British Columbia’s busy territorial waters. Exercise Salish Sea 17 affords JTF(P) the unique opportunity to train in a realistic scenario alongside our federal and provincial partners and community stakeholders,” said Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander, Joint Task Force (Pacific), Canadian Armed Forces.

 

This two day exercise involves approximately 500 people from more than 20 government and non-governmental organizations – including local Indigenous peoples from several Coastal First Nations.

Canadian Coast Guard personnel joined this exercise from both Central & Atlantic Canada, while personnel from both the United States Coast Guard and the Korean Coast Guard also attended.

A total of 15 vessels and four aircraft were employed.

The Canadian Coast Guard regularly holds search and rescue and marine pollution response training sessions for interested Indigenous and coastal communities.

The Government of Canada’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is designed to create a world-leading marine safety system. 


Exercice d'entraînement multi-organismes sur les catastrophes maritimes se termine

Les îles Gulf ont accueilli un exercice de simulation d'évacuation d'un traversier, dont les opérations de recherche et sauvetage ont été coordonnées par la Force opérationnelle interarmées (Pacifique), les Forces armées canadiennes dans le cadre d'un exercice à grande échelle sur l'eau. Cet exercice est géré conjointement par le ministère de la Défense nationale et la Garde côtière canadienne, avec la coordination du Centre conjoint de coordination des opérations de sauvetage (CCCOS), notamment la coordination aérienne par les Forces armées canadiennes et la coordination du sauvetage maritime par la Garde côtière canadienne.

Après l'évacuation du traversier, le commandement a été confié à la Garde côtière canadienne pour des opérations d'intervention environnementale. Toutes ces activités faisaient partie du 1er jour de l'exercice Mer des Salish 2017 – un exercice d'entraînement multi-organismes sur les catastrophes maritimes organisé les 25 et 26 octobre.

Dans le cadre du Plan de protection des océans de 1,5 milliard de dollars, le gouvernement du Canada s'est engagé à améliorer les interventions fédérales coordonnées en cas d’urgences, en effectuant régulièrement des exercices d'intervention avec les communautés, les parties intéressées et les collectivités autochtones, pour garantir l’état de préparation en vue d'une éventuelle intervention. La Garde côtière canadienne et les Forces armées canadiennes dirigent l'intervention maritime et aérienne pour l'exercice Mer des Salish 2017, conçu pour aider les organismes et les intervenants à interagir entre eux dans un environnement simulé en temps réel. Le scénario a testé la façon dont les organismes travailleraient ensemble lors d'une urgence maritime de grande envergure, allant d'une évacuation de masse des victimes à une intervention environnementale suivant un tel incident.

Les participants à l'exercice Mer des Salish comprennent : les Forces armées canadiennes, la Garde côtière canadienne, BC Ferries, BC Emergency Health Services, Emergency Management BC, le ministère de l'Environnement de la Colombie-Britannique, la Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue et Sécurité publique Canada, parmi bien d’autres. Les Premières Nations côtières, y compris les nations Nisga’a, Metlakatla, Gitxaala, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Haisla, et Gitga’at ont observé l'exercice afin de contribuer au développement des programmes localisés de recherche et sauvetage. 

« Grâce à l'investissement de 1,5 milliard de dollars de notre gouvernement dans le Plan de protection des océans, le Canada sera mieux informé, mieux préparé et mieux équipé pour intervenir en cas d'urgences maritimes et d'incidents de pollution marine. Les scénarios d'entraînement comme l'exercice Mer des Salish 2017 nous aident à tester et à démontrer notre capacité améliorée. Je suis fier que l’exercice ait connu un succès retentissant. dit l’honorable Dominic LeBlanc, C.P., c.r., député, ministre des Pêches, des Océans et de la Garde côtière canadienne. »

« En tant que commandant de la Force opérationnelle interarmées (Pacifique), je reconnais l'importance de maintenir un niveau élevé de préparation dédié à la recherche et au sauvetage dans les eaux territoriales de la Colombie-Britannique. L'exercice Mer des Salish 2017 offre une occasion unique à la FOI(P) de s'entraîner dans un scénario réaliste aux côtés de nos partenaires fédéraux et provinciaux et des intervenants communautaires. dit le contre-amiral Art McDonald, commandant, Force opérationnelle interarmées (Pacifique), Forces armées canadiennes. »

Cet exercice de deux jours compte plus de 500 participants de plus de 20 organismes gouvernementaux et non gouvernementaux – y compris les peuples autochtones locaux de plusieurs Premières Nations de la côte.

Les employés de la Garde côtière canadienne se sont joints à l'exercice depuis les Régions du Centre et du Canada atlantique. Le personnel de la Garde côtière des États-Unis et de la Corée y a également participé.

En tout, 15 navires et quatre aéronefs ont été mis à contribution.

La Garde côtière canadienne organise régulièrement des séances de formation sur la recherche et sauvetage et sur l'intervention en cas de pollution marine pour les collectivités autochtones et côtières intéressées.

Le Plan de protection des océans de 1,5 milliard de dollars du gouvernement du Canada a pour objet de créer un système de sécurité maritime de renommée mondiale.

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Assemblyline is a platform for analyzing malicious files that was developed by CSE’s Cyber Defence team. The platform is used to detect, analyse and triage malicious electronic files, and is designed to assist cyber defence practitioners to analyze large volumes of files on a customized basis. Users can deploy their own analytics, such as antivirus products or custom-built software, into Assemblyline to reduce the number of non-malicious files that require inspection, in order to allow security analysts to focus their time and attention on the most harmful files.

Canada’s success in cyber security is dependent on government, academia and industry working together. The release of Assemblyline is an opportunity for the cyber security community to take what CSE has developed and improve upon it to benefit all Canadians.

“I am delighted to see the CSE take this unprecedented step in sharing the results of their unique expertise, to help Canada and Canadians improve their cyber security. For the first time, Canadians have direct access to one of the tools developed by the experts at CSE,” said Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.

“As the Government of Canada’s centre of excellence in cyber security, we are responsible for defending and protecting computer networks and electronic information of greatest importance to the Government of Canada. The release of Assemblyline benefits the country and CSE’s work to protect Canadian systems, and allows the cybersecurity community to build and evolve this valuable open source software.  Assemblyline is one of the tools CSE relies on every day,” said Greta Bossenmaier, Chief CSE.

“Cyber security is our specialty, but it’s everyone’s business. By releasing Assemblyline, we’re sharing some of our in-house cyber security tools with Canadians and Canadian businesses.  Assemblyline is one of the key tools that has freed up CSE cyber security analysts’ time to focus on innovative ways to thwart increasingly-sophisticated malicious cyber activity targeting the Government of Canada.  We hope that others are able to see the same benefits and will contribute to a more cyber safe and resilient Canada,” said Scott Jones, Assistant Deputy Minister, IT Security.

Assemblyline is designed to work like a conveyor belt – files arrive in the system and are triaged in sequence;

Assemblyline generates information about each file and assigns a unique identifier that travels with the file as it flows through the system;

The analytical tools selected by the user in Assemblyline analyze the files, looking for indications of maliciousness and, if needed, extracting files for further analysis;

The system can generate alerts that can be used by either analysts or automated defensive systems;

Malicious indicators generated are then fed back into the system and distributed to all other defensive systems on the user’s network. 


Le CST procède à la diffusion de son outil d’analyse et de détection pour protéger les Canadiens des maliciels​

Dans le cadre du Mois de la sensibilisation à la cybersécurité, le Centre de la sécurité des télécommunications (CST) a procédé à la diffusion de Chaîne de montage (Assemblyline), l’un de ses propres outils de cyberdéfense, en tant que logiciel de source ouverte.

Chaîne de montage (Assemblyline) est une plateforme d’analyse de fichiers malveillants qui a été développée par l’équipe de cyberdéfense du CST. Elle est utilisée pour détecter, analyser et trier les fichiers électroniques malveillants, et a été conçue pour aider les praticiens de la cyberdéfense à analyser de grandes quantités de fichiers de manière personnalisée. Les utilisateurs peuvent y déployer leurs propres outils d’analyse, comme des produits antivirus ou des logiciels personnalisés, pour réduire le nombre de fichiers non malveillants à vérifier, permettant ainsi aux analystes la de sécurité de consacrer leur temps et leur attention aux fichiers plus nuisibles.

Pour réussir à renforcer la cybersécurité, le Canada doit pouvoir compter sur une étroite collaboration entre le gouvernement, le milieu universitaire et l’industrie. La diffusion de Chaîne de montage (Assemblyline) offre à la collectivité de la cybersécurité l’occasion de se procurer un outil développé par le CST et d’y apporter des améliorations afin d’en faire bénéficier tous les Canadiens.

« Je suis heureux que le CST prenne cette initiative sans précédent de rendre publics les résultats de son expertise unique en vue d’aider le Canada et les Canadiens à renforcer leur cybersécurité. Pour une toute première fois, les Canadiens auront accès à l’un des outils développés par les experts du CST. dit Harjit S. Sajjan, ministre de la Défense. »

« À titre de centre d’excellence du gouvernement du Canada en matière de cybersécurité, le CST est responsable d’assurer la protection et la défense des réseaux informatiques et de l’information électronique de grande importance pour le gouvernement du Canada. La diffusion d’Assemblyline sert à la fois les intérêts du Canada et le travail qu’effectue le CST pour protéger les systèmes canadiens, et permet à la collectivité de la cybersécurité d’assurer l’évolution de ce logiciel de source ouverte fort utile. Assemblyline est l’un des outils qu’utilise le CST chaque jour. dit Greta Bossenmaier, chef du CST. »

« La cybersécurité, c’est notre spécialité, mais c’est aussi l’affaire de tous. En diffusant Assemblyline, nous mettons à la disposition des Canadiens et des entreprises du Canada l’un de nos outils de cybersécurité internes. Assemblyline est l’un des principaux outils qui ont permis aux analystes de la cybersécurité du CST de consacrer plus de temps à la découverte de nouvelles façons de contrer les cyberactivités malveillantes de plus en plus sophistiquées qui ciblent le gouvernement du Canada. Nous espérons que d’autres utilisateurs seront en mesure de tirer les mêmes avantages de cet outil et contribueront à leur tour à accroître la cybersécurité et la résilience du Canada. dit Scott Jones, sous-ministre adjoint, Sécurité des TI. »

On peut comparer le fonctionnement de Chaîne de montage (Assemblyline) à celui d’un convoyeur à bande : les fichiers arrivent dans le système et font l’objet d’un tri selon une certaine séquence.

Chaîne de montage (Assemblyline) génère de l’information sur chacun des fichiers, puis leur attribue un identifiant unique qui les suit alors qu’ils sont acheminés dans le système.

Les outils d’analyse sélectionnés par l’utilisateur dans Chaîne de montage (Assemblyline) analysent alors les fichiers à la recherche d’indications de malveillance et, au besoin, extraient les fichiers pour une analyse plus poussée.

Le système peut générer des alertes, qui seront ensuite utilisées par les analystes ou les systèmes de défense automatisés.

Les indicateurs de fichiers malveillants ainsi générés sont alors transmis au système, puis distribués à tous les autres systèmes de défense sur le réseau de l’utilisateur.

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Brave new world, old-school problems
Corporate Security Hinges on its People
HELEN OFOSU
© 2017 FrontLine Security (Vol 12, No 3)

We’ve all heard about the fast-approaching, brave new world where autonomous vehicles and other technology will save us time, trouble, and money. We look forward to private vehicles where we don’t need to focus on the road (many vehicles already feature early stages of this capability). We’ll be able to reclaim countless commuting hours and re-allocate that time to rest, catching up with family, or even productive work. It’s all very exciting, but there are significant risks.

The Key Issue is Security 

Cyber security has become an international obsession for good reason. But, there are other types of security breaches. In fact, it’s been argued that insider threats are an even bigger potential risk than external cyber attacks.

Insider threats can be defined as risks posed by rogue employees who deliberately cause harm, or by those who may be negligent in the workplace.

Some insider threats are non-malicious or accidental, whereas others are malicious and intentional. Malicious threats may be driven by principles or ideology (e.g., Edward Snowden), or they could be motivated by anger or disenchantment in the workplace. A malicious insider threat can also develop when someone on staff is recruited and groomed by an outside organization.

What do Technology Industries have in Common?

High-tech industries, including robotics, and artificial intelligence, have a lot of risk in common:

  1. The people and businesses that are best able to monetize this technology stand to earn a lot of money.
  2. The keepers of this valuable intellectual property need to protect it from falling into the hands of their business competitors (and sometimes adversarial nations) and endangering their corporate success and viability – their clients (in some cases the general populace) may also be at serious risk.
  3. The C-suite and the IT community seem focused entirely on protecting such assets by investing in various technical measures to prevent cyber-related breaches and threats.

Not only is technology or data at risk. If business plans and corporate strategies are shared (even verbally) with a competitor, that entity can leverage that information it to gain an unfair advantage. Whether the disclosure is digital or analog, describing an organization’s R&D pipeline is extremely damaging.

Employing the wrong person can cause a lot of damage

Technical measures designed to prevent digital theft, along with non-disclosure agreements, non-competition clauses, and patents are an excellent start, but they are not enough. Legal protection offers good layers of offence and defence, however, when we rely too heavily on them, the horse will have left the barn by the time the victim gets their day in court.

Similarly, when confidential client information is improperly disclosed or taken, it causes serious problems including identity theft and other consequences. Counting too much on technical, IT-based measures like digital monitoring, firewalls, and other software and hardware based interventions is like locking the front door but leaving the back door and windows wide open.

Simply stated, what employers don’t know about their employees can hurt them and make their business vulnerable to considerable liability.

The Human Factor is Critical

Although cyber security experts agree that humans and insider threats are a more pervasive concern than external cyber threats, few pay attention to the human factor. Whenever the notion of using HR or psychology to prevent insider threats is mentioned, people smile politely, acknowledge that this human factor is important, but do nothing to change their standard IT interventions.

As the saying goes, “To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters starts to look like a nail.” Most of the people who work to prevent or solve these problems have backgrounds in computer science, engineering, and other IT specializations. Generally speaking, these folks are not interested in being distracted by “soft” interventions that relate to human resources or psychology. That stuff just isn’t in their wheelhouse.

There are countless ways and means that can lead to valuable information flowing from inside an organization to criminals, competitors or foreign entities. Sometimes this leakage is due to issues that were overlooked during the hiring process. Many organizations treat reference checks as a formality that doesn’t offer much value. I’d argue that it’s a missed opportunity to complete due diligence. Other times, this leakage happens as an act of vindication in response to problematic HR processes (e.g., unfair/biased promotion processes) and workplace dynamics (e.g., bullying/harassment, subtle manipulation), or other related frustrations. Finally, valuable information can flow into troublesome places when someone who is forced out of an organization is filled with resentment and hostility while also feeling vulnerable due to new financial pressures.

My main concern is that when organizations focus threat detection solely on technical measures, we’ll miss the “human signals” that something is wrong and that trouble is coming. Some of these human signals relate to issues in employees’ lives or the lives of those close to them.

Some HR policies have, in fact, been linked to serious insider threats. On their final day at work, an employee doesn’t “empty” their brains and corporate knowledge while they are escorted out of the building following dismissal. With a focus entirely on IT solutions, you will miss many of the ways that you could experience a data or cyber breach.

The issue is bigger than we think

Quite often, when a security breach (including cyber crime) is reported in the news, the fact that it originated from inside the organization is not shared with the reporter an is therefore left out of the story.  Research by ipswitch reveals that 75% of security breaches start on the inside. These breaches reflect poorly on the targeted organization. It hurts the public’s trust in the organization’s ability to protect valuable corporate data, including clients’ and customers’ personal information. When an organization has a security breach, their clients, future clients, partners, affiliates, and the public are likely to see the organization as reckless and irresponsible.

These insider threat issues apply to large, medium, and small businesses. The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60% of smaller companies are bankrupt within 6 months of a major security breach, so it’s no wonder this is kept quiet. A similar, yet larger scale example comes from recent headlines. Three senior Equifax executives sold shares worth approximately $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a massive security breach in July 2017. These executives may not fear an actual Equifax bankruptcy but clearly, they knew there would be financial fallout and were determined to stay ahead of it.

Bricks and mortar are also vulnerable

At the beginning of this article, I focussed on the newer industries because it’s easier to see how external cyber threats and internal security threats are relevant to digital information. In some respects, this is misleading. The fact is, that whether we’re talking about glamorous newer tech companies or more established old-fashioned service and infrastructure companies (energy grids/plants/pipelines, water supply/treatment, public transportation), the risks associated with insider threats are huge, often downplayed, and even ignored.

Real Life Tragedy from Insider Threat

The Walkerton Water Crisis of 2000 is probably long forgotten by Canadians who don’t live in the area and lack a personal connection to the tragic events. Seven people died and another 2300 became severely ill when two employees falsified reports, drank on the job, and demonstrated other forms of negligence.

Morally, and in terms of liability, employers are ultimately responsible for the actions of their employees while working – particularly when it comes to essential goods and services that the public counts on. Organizations have a duty to protect their customers and the general populace from negative actions of their employees. Both in terms of protecting access to proprietary information and preserving the integrity and safety of our national infrastructure and public transportation, we are missing the point when all of our efforts are focused on technical IT interventions.

The good news is that organizations and businesses that take their responsibilities to the general public and their shareholders/owners seriously can take steps to improve their corporate resilience to digital and analog insider threats. Carefully hiring staff, including the appropriate due diligence, is a smart place to start.

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Dr. Helen Ofosu is an HR Consultand and Career Coach. She also helps organizations minimize the risks of cyber and other insider threats using her doctoral training in I/O Psychology and years of providing HR Services in Top Secret and regular environments.

 

References

1) https://digitalguardian.com/blog/insider-outsider-data-security-threats

2) http://securityintelligence.com/news/insider-threats-account-for-nearly-75-percent-of-security-breach-incidents/#.WaRwWQMNzDA.twitter

3) http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/23/small-companies-cyber-attack-out-of-business/

4) https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/09/07/2056203/credit-reporting-firm-equifax-announces-cybersecurity-incident-impacting-approximately-143-million-us-consumers?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

5) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkerton_E._coli_outbreak

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Pakistan recovers 5 Western hostages

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Pak Army and ISI recovered 5 Western hostages (1 Canadian, his US National wife, and their three children) from terrorist custody through an intelligence based operation by Pakistan troops and intelligence agencies. They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there. US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on 11 Oct 2017 through Kurram Agency border. The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin. The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.

The couple, Canadian Joshua Boyle (33) and his pregnant American wife Caitlan Coleman (31), were kidnapped by the Taliban in 2012 while traveling as tourists in Afghanistan, and have been held in captivity ever since. Coleman gave birth three times while in captivity. 

A 2016 Global News report about Boyle mentions that he was once married to Omar Khadr’s oldest sister Zaynab and "had a fascination with terrorism, Canadian counterterrorism and security" prior to divorcing Zaynab and marrying Coleman.

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New legislative changes to the Citizenship Act

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As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6.

Further to changes introduced upon Royal Assent which repealed certain provisions of the former government’s Bill C-24, important changes to physical presence and the age required to meet language and knowledge requirements for permanent residents who are applying for citizenship will come into effect on October 11, 2017. The new requirements will give more flexibility to both younger and older eligible immigrants to obtain citizenship. They will also help individuals who have already begun building lives in Canada achieve citizenship faster.

Citizenship applicants who meet the new requirements must wait until October 11, 2017, before applying for citizenship. This is the date when the changes come into effect, and when the new citizenship application forms and guides will be available.

More changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to take effect later this year and in early 2018. For a complete list of past, current and future changes to the Citizenship Act and their effective dates, please read the Bill C-6 Backgrounder.

Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017.

The latest set of amendments to the Act taking effect October 11, 2017, will also include aligning the number of years applicants need to file Canadian income taxes (if required to do so under the Income Tax Act) to three out of five years, to match the changes to the physical presence requirements.

Some changes to the Citizenship Act took effect immediately upon Royal Assent on June 19, 2017. They include: repealing of the ability to revoke citizenship from dual citizens convicted of crimes against the national interest; no longer requiring applicants to intend to continue to reside in Canada once granted citizenship; and making it easier for minors to apply for citizenship without a Canadian or permanent resident parent.

More changes expected to take place later in 2017 and 2018 include strengthening the citizenship revocation process so that the Federal Court is the decision-maker on most cases, and giving clear authority under the Citizenship Act for citizenship officers to seize fraudulent or suspected fraudulent documents. 


Le gouvernement du Canada met en œuvre les nouvelles modifications législatives à la Loi sur la citoyenneté

Donnant suite à l’engagement pris par le gouvernement du Canada d’assouplir les exigences imposées aux personnes souhaitant obtenir la citoyenneté canadienne, l’honorable Ahmed Hussen, ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté, a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’un jalon important sera posé dans la mise en œuvre des changements apportés à la Loi sur la citoyenneté, grâce à l’adoption du projet de loi C-6.

En effet, des modifications majeures touchant les résidents permanents qui demandent la citoyenneté entreront en vigueur le 11 octobre 2017 : elles visent la présence effective et l’âge requis pour répondre aux obligations de connaissances et de compétences linguistiques. Ces modifications s’ajoutent à celles introduites par la sanction royale du projet de loi C-6 qui abrogeaient certaines dispositions du projet de loi C-24 de l’ancien gouvernement. Les nouvelles exigences accorderont une plus grande marge de manœuvre aux immigrants les plus jeunes et les plus vieux qui désirent obtenir la citoyenneté. Elles aideront également les personnes qui ont déjà commencé à s’établir au Canada à obtenir plus rapidement la citoyenneté.

Les demandeurs qui répondent aux nouvelles exigences doivent attendre le 11 octobre 2017 pour présenter une demande de citoyenneté. Il s’agit de la date d’entrée en vigueur des modifications et de la publication des nouveaux guides et formulaires de demande de citoyenneté.

D’autres modifications à la Loi sur la citoyenneté doivent entrer en vigueur cette année et au début de 2018. Pour obtenir la liste complète des modifications déjà en vigueur et de celles qui seront apportées ultérieurement à la Loi sur la citoyenneté, ainsi que de leur date d’entrée en vigueur, consultez le document d’information sur le projet de loi C-6.

Le projet de loi C-6, Loi modifiant la Loi sur la citoyenneté et une autre loi en conséquence, a reçu la sanction royale le 19 juin 2017.

Les modifications à la Loi qui entreront en vigueur le 11 octobre 2017 comprendront également une réduction du nombre d’années pendant lesquelles les demandeurs doivent remplir une déclaration de revenus au Canada (si la Loi de l’impôt sur le revenu l’exige) à trois ans sur cinq, pour correspondre aux modifications apportées aux exigences liées à la présence effective.

Certaines modifications à la Loi sur la citoyenneté sont entrées en vigueur dès la sanction royale le 19 juin 2017 : abrogation de la capacité de révoquer la citoyenneté des personnes ayant la double citoyenneté reconnues coupables d’un crime contre l’intérêt national; élimination de l’exigence selon laquelle un demandeur doit avoir l’intention de continuer à résider au Canada s’il se voit accorder la citoyenneté; possibilité pour un mineur de demander plus facilement la citoyenneté sans avoir un parent canadien ou résident permanent.

D’autres changements entreront en vigueur à la fin de 2017 et en 2018, notamment le renforcement du processus de révocation de la citoyenneté afin que cette décision revienne à la Cour fédérale dans la plupart des cas, et l’attribution sans équivoque aux agents de la citoyenneté du pouvoir de saisir les documents frauduleux ou soupçonnés de l’être en vertu de laLoi sur la citoyenneté.

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A series of Leonardo products and technologies are being used to offer disaster relief and recovery, including satellites, airplanes and helicopters. The United States Coast Guard deployed C-27J Spartans – its newest medium range surveillance aircraft – to assist in relief following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The aircrafts have been deployed to transport personnel, equipment and medical supplies.

The HC-27J Asset Project Office (APO) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, deployed two C-27Js in response to Hurricane Harvey Aug. 28 to Sept. 4. During this time, the aircraft flew just under 50 hours and completed 31 sorties, transporting approximately 210 people and 75,000 pounds of cargo.

Air Station Sacramento, California, also deployed a C-27J with Pacific Strike Team and Sacramento personnel aboard Aug. 28. The aircraft carried an all-terrain vehicle, rescue skiffs, pollution response equipment and medical supplies to Mobile, Alabama.

The HC-27J APO also deployed a C-27J to Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico to aid in Irma relief efforts Sept. 8-13. The aircraft transported Coast Guard liaison officers, disaster assessment teams, urban search and rescue teams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel, mail from the U.S. Postal Service, and relief supplies – a total of 42 passengers and more than 30,000 pounds of cargo. The aircraft also conducted post-storm reconnaissance of the Bahamian island Great Inagua and transported parts for cutters that had evacuated from Florida to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


A Coast Guard member loads a C-27 aircraft in preparation for deployment from Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee in support of operations related to Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 29, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

“Throughout hurricane response operations, the C-27J proved to be well suited for rapid movement of small- to moderate-size loads of personnel, equipment and supplies over relatively short distances,” said Capt. Eric Storch, HC-27J APO commanding officer. “The availability and reliability of the deployed C-27J aircraft provided planners with an alternative to dedicating the larger C-130 aircraft that, if used, would have flown with a partially empty cargo compartment.” He added that the APO’s deployed C-27Js flew more than 50 sorties and over 90 flight hours total for both hurricanes.

Seven C-27Js are stationed at the HC-27J APO, and six are stationed at Air Station Sacramento, California. The 14th and final C-27J is scheduled to arrive at the APO later this month after undergoing regeneration work to bring it out of long-term storage.


Coast Guard crews from the western Lake Michigan region prepare to depart Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee in support of operations related to Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 29, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The C-27J Spartan aircraft was also deployed by the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) during the flood relief operations that affected Peru. The C-27J was used to transport 65% of the cargo that was sent to the affected areas and was sent to offer relief after the earthquake affected Ecuador. The Italian Air Force also sent C-27J aircraft to the Philippines in support after the country was hit by typhoon Haiyan.

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Airbus FlyScan service for predictive maintenance

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Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with German operator Global Helicopter Service (GHS), making them the launch customer for the company’s new FlyScan service, software that helps customers to analyse and manage the Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data from their helicopter fleet activities.

“FlyScan sets a new standard of customer service based on true predictive maintenance: operators can anticipate formerly unscheduled events, avoid operational disruptions, and reach a new level of dispatch reliability,” said Matthieu Louvot, Executive Vice President of Customer Support at Airbus Helicopters. “It is one of the new services we offer our customers in line with our overarching goal to fully support them in safely and efficiently managing their operations.”

The HUMS system, a standard fixture on many Airbus Helicopters platforms, uses sensors placed throughout the aircraft to monitor key components and the overall behaviour of the machine. The system records large amounts of useful data, which is then transferred to various systems for interpretation. By effectively analysing such data and providing proactive feedback, FlyScan helps customers to enhance flight safety, increase fleet availability, and reduce the maintenance burden by up to seven percent.

“With FlyScan Supervise, we know we will have reliable insight coming directly from the manufacturer itself on the details and operational statistics of our in-service fleet,” said Dominik Goldfuss, CEO of GHS. “It also provides a smart solution for less complex organisations so they no longer have to worry about developing these capabilities in-house, as Airbus takes care of everything.”

Three different levels of FlyScan are available for the H225, H175, H145, H135 and Dolphin fleets equipped with HUMS: 

  • Advise, for customers already performing HUMS monitoring. HUMS experts from Airbus work in partnership with the customer to closely monitor the health parameters of their helicopters to better anticipate maintenance events.
  • Supervise, for customers without a HUMS expert in their organisation. Airbus manages the various thresholds implemented and closely monitors any event that occurs in the fleet.
  • Guard, for customers already managing a HUMS system. Airbus brings its expertise to the customer’s doorstep, supporting teams in surveying their fleets. This package includes a specific HUMS hotline available 24/7, and commits to responding to AOG requests within a few hours.

FlyScan is part of the HCare Technical Support offer, providing 24/7 technical support, continuous airworthiness management and global technical assistance. Additional FlyScan contracts are planned to conclude this year, and the company’s objective is for FlyScan to become a standard service for the entire helicopter HUMS community. 

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Airbus H175 helicopters in Asia Pacific

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The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft.

The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions.

“We welcome the Royal Thai Police as the inaugural H175 operator for this region and we are grateful for their continued trust in our products as they expand their fleet. We have full confidence of the H175’s performance and capabilities, in fulfilling its most challenging missions. Besides a strong product, our Bangkok-based support centre stays committed to supporting our customer’s operations in close proximity”, said Philippe Monteux, Head of Southeast Asia and Pacific of Airbus Helicopters.

The Royal Thai Police currently operates nine Airbus helicopters, comprising five H155, two AS365 N3+ and two H175.

More than 15 H175 helicopters have flown about 12,000 hours globally today. With an excellent payload for both short and long range missions, the H175 has a maximum take-off weight of nearly eight tonnes and is designed to provide unmatched efficiency across a variety of missions, including utility, law enforcement, VIP transport, oil and gas, as well as search and rescue.  Equipped with Helionix, Airbus Helicopters’ integrated suite of advanced avionics and 4-axis autopilot, the H175 offers enhanced situational awareness and improved operational safety by helping to reduce pilot workload and increasing mission flexibility. With a seating capacity of up to 12 passengers in an executive/VIP configuration, the H175 ensures a smooth, safe ride at all speeds in a climate controlled cabin, while offering excellent panoramic views.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Market leaders will supply solution for ELKOS project

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​Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure and Frequentis have been selected to supply mission-critical technologies for the “ELKOS Austria” project, a nationwide, unified command and communication system. The companies will also support the refurbishment of the current control and command system at the warning centre in Lower Austria.

Over the next few years, a central command and communication system for the federal police will be implemented for all of Austria, with the Federal Ministry of the Interior acting as contracting entity. The implementation will also support the fire brigades in Lower Austria, for which the Lower Austria State Administration acts as contracting party.


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ELKOS is a crucial element for streamlining the incident management processes for public safety personnel in Austria. It provides the federal police and its nationwide control centres with the necessary technical foundation to ensure safe, reliable, and efficient cooperation between different agencies and enable nationwide sharing of information. The joint project supports the Lower Austrian fire brigades (Feuerwehr Niederösterreich) in modernizing its alarm infrastructure.

The project is an important step toward a flexible, expandable, and fully integrated command centre infrastructure in Austria. The new infrastructure is designed to support the federal police’s business and tactical challenges and will ensure permanent sourcing and operating synergies between the federal and state administrations. With the new solution, public safety and security agencies will be able to successfully handle growing global threats – such as terror attacks.

The system is based on an integrated solution of the two consortium partners: Frequentis, the global leader in command centre communications, and Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, the global leader in computer-aided dispatch solutions. The Austrian Frequentis company, based in Vienna, served as leader of the consortium – successfully applying its 70 years’ experience in developing communications tools for public safety control centres. For nearly 30 years, Hexagon has been providing computer-aided dispatch systems for public safety organizations around the world.

The integrated solution selected for the ELKOS project is currently deployed by the three state disaster control agencies in Vienna, Styria, and Vorarlberg, among many other international customers. It combines three leading products for speech communications, command and control, and incident command. The comprehensive capabilities enable police and rescue agencies to maintain reliable and efficient workflows in their daily operations as well as during major events.

Frequentis will provide its multi-media collaboration platform 3020 LifeX. This innovative public safety solution emphasizes the investment’s future reliability for new media and technologies -- such as eCall, NG112 emergency calls (featuring GPS data, real time messaging, images and more), video data (CCTV) and LTE broadband – that can be integrated into the platform as needed. Frequentis’ CEO Hannes Bardach said, “Internationally, we have provided many command centre solutions for public safety and security agencies, among them the largest police centre in Europe for London’s police agency, Scotland Yard. We are excited to use our expertise in our national market in the visionary ELKOS project.”

Hexagon will implement its leading Intergraph® Computer-Aided Dispatch (I/CAD) and Intergraph® Planning & Response software, which will support call-taking and dispatching for day-to-day incidents, as well as planning and coordination of major incidents and events. “We are pleased to contribute to the security of the Austrian population and help improve public safety throughout the country,” said Maximilian Weber, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. “The federal police and the fire brigades in Lower Austria will benefit from systems that have been proven across Austria and around the world.”

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Correctional officers call for change

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Occupational health and safety falls under provincial jurisdiction for correctional officers in Canada (even those who work in federal institutions), which means resources and access for getting treatment for operational stress injuries varies greatly from province to province. The union is calling for a national strategy to resolve this serious gap in protecting correctional officers.

The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) has just released a powerful short film entitled “Working on the Edge”. Filmed at the now-closed Kingston Penitentiary and produced by UCCO-SACC-CSN, the movie depicts the violent day-to-day reality of correctional officers through re-enactments of real events and moving interviews with those who experienced the horrific events in question.

The public is being encouraged to watch the film movie and ask their local MP to support a national strategy to recognize correctional officers as first responders, which will allow them access PTSD resources regardless of where they live in Canada.

View the Movie: https://youtu.be/LcWiF_fQwEw

The film also shows the challenges correctional officers face with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for which they do not receive adequate support for across Canada. “These working conditions have serious implications. According to a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment, approximately 30% of all correctional officers will develop PTSD”, said Jason Godin, UCCO-SACC-CSN National President. “With this alarming figure in mind, we believe it is urgent to find concrete solutions that are focused not only on prevention, but on diagnosis and treatment”.

“Working on the Edge” is part of a larger campaign to raise awareness of the specific reality of correctional officers. Their invaluable contribution to public safety often goes unnoticed by the public, since it takes place behind the walls of penal institutions, yet correctional officers experience very difficult situations—in an environment that is often hostile—on a daily basis.

Occupational health and safety compensation for correctional officers in Canada falls under provincial jurisdiction, even for officers who work in federal institutions. Correctional officers face a serious treatment bias because the laws that regulate the presumption of operational stress injuries for first responders differ greatly from province to province. For the past several years, the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) has advocated that the government take steps to help those who experience traumatic situations while on the job in the country’s penal institutions. “We have spoken to MPs, testified before various committees and talked about this serious issue to many parliamentary commissions. Today, we are asking for concrete actions from the government of Canada, actions that could change the lives of thousands of men and women who devote themselves on a daily basis to ensure the security of all Canadians”, added Mr. Godin

UCCO-SACC-CSN hopes that “Working on the Edge” will help the public to better understand the job of a correctional officer. This hard-hitting movie should also be an eye-opener for a government that has a responsibility towards the health and safety of all public servants. “The strength of this film lies in the poignant and moving testimonies of the correctional officers who lived through these terrible events. They have demonstrated exemplary courage in choosing to speak openly about the mental health issues they have faced as a result of the traumatic experiences they endured. We salute their openness and their immense generosity. Now, let’s hope consistent legislation will be adopted promptly across the country”, said Mr. Godin.

The film will be shared with MPs on Parliament Hill on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. The film can also be viewed on the UCCO-SACC-CSN website. Members of the public are encouraged to watch the movie and contact your local MP to ask them to support a national strategy to recognize correctional officers as first responders who can access PTSD resources, regardless of where they live in Canada.

The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) has over 7400 members in five major regions of Canada: British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic. UCCO-SACC-CSN represents the job titles of CX1 and CX2 in 49 federal institutions.

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Canada eyes UN Security Council seat
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By Ken Pole

Canada will continue to push for one of the temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council when it becomes open in four years, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed Sept. 19.

Asked during a news conference what Canada could “offer” in return, he replied that Canada had “re-engaged on the world stage” since his Liberal government was elected 23 months ago. That included “important international military engagements” in northern Iraq and NATO’s eastern front in Latvia.

“Being part of the UN Security Council in 2021 will ensure that an important voice gets heard and resonates around the world,” he added. “So, yes, we are continuing to feel that and to make the case that Canada should have a seat . . . and we continue to engage in conversations in that direction.”

A Security Council member six times, most recently in 1999-2000, Canada’s 2010 bid for another two-year term by the former Conservative administration of Prime Minister Stephen Harper was thwarted when European interests lined up in opposition. Trudeau gave notice immediately after the Conservatives’ ouster in October 2015 than he would seek a seventh term.

Pressed on the issue of UN peacekeeping, notably his administration’s announcement last year that it would be deploying more troops, most likely in Africa, he said any government needed to take “extremely seriously the responsibility involved in sending Canadian troops potentially into harm’s way around the world.”

He reiterated that Canada has “an important role to play” and would be re-engaging with UN efforts. That said, “Canadians expect us to make the right choices, to do right by the service and the opportunities afforded us by the extraordinary men and women who serve in our forces . . . and when we make that determination, we will let you know.”

Trudeau also was asked about the even more immediate issue of North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat earlier in the day before the UN General Assembly that the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to “defend itself or its allies” against Kim Jong Un’s nuclear-capable regime in Pyongyang.

“I share everyone’s concern . . . and continue to believe that working with partners and allies in the region and around the world, including China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States is the best way to de-escalate this situation. . . .

“We will continue to take very seriously our – our responsibilities as a country that stands strongly for peace and harmony in the world, to push, along with the international community, against North Korean behaviour.”

As for whether the evolving intercontinental ballistic missile threat from Pyongyang might justify Canada reversing its decision not to be a partner in the U.S. missile defence umbrella, the PM demurred.

“We continue every day to engage with our partners and allies, especially NORAD where over 300 Canadians serve in the joint command that is unique in the world to defend North America’s continent,” he replied.

“We continue to evaluate and assess how best to protect Canadians from around the world. This is something we take very, very seriously, and we will continue to engage in ongoing reflections about how to best . . . protect Canadians. We have not changed our position at this point, but we continue to engage in thoughtful ways to ensure we’re doing everything we can.”

– Ken Pole

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On September 7, 2017, Fastenal Canada Ltd., of Kitchener, Ontario, was fined $265,000 after pleading guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to two counts of contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers investigated Fastenal Canada Ltd., revealing that, from November 2012 to January 2015, the company imported and sold aerosol products containing hydrochlorofluorocarbons—a regulated ozone-depleting substance. 

As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has created a free subscription service to help Canadians stay current with what the Government of Canada is doing to protect our natural environment.

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons are mainly used for foam blowing, refrigeration and air conditioning, solvent cleaning, aerosols, and fire protection.

Ozone depletion is the term commonly used to describe the thinning of the Earth’s ozone layer, which acts as a natural filter absorbing most of the Sun’s ultraviolet rays.

The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Created in 1995, it provides a way to direct funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to projects that will benefit our natural environment. 


Une entreprise de fournitures industrielles plaide coupable d’avoir enfreint le Règlement sur les substances appauvrissant la couche d’ozone (1998)

Les Canadiens reconnaissent la valeur d’un environnement propre et sécuritaire. Les agents d’application de la loi d’Environnement et Changement climatique Canada travaillent sans relâche pour veiller à ce que les personnes et les entreprises respectent les lois canadiennes en matière d’environnement.

Le 7 septembre 2017, l’entreprise Fastenal Canada Ltd. de Kitchener, en Ontario, a reçu une amende de 265 000 $ après avoir été reconnue coupable devant la Cour de l’Ontario à deux chefs d’ accusation pour avoir contrevenu au Règlement sur les substances appauvrissant la couche d’ozone (1998), pris en vertu de la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement (1999). L’amende sera versée au Fonds pour dommages à l’environnement.

Les agents d’application de la loi d’Environnement et Changement climatique Canada ont mené une enquête sur Fastenal Canada Ltd. qui a révélé que, de novembre 2012 à janvier 2015, l’entreprise a fait l’importation et la vente de produits aérosols contenant des hydrochlorofluorocarbones, qui sont des substances réglementées appauvrissant la couche d’ozone.

En raison de cette condamnation, le nom de l’entreprise sera ajouté au Registre des contrevenants environnementaux.

Environnement et Changement climatique Canada a créé un service d’abonnement gratuit pour permettre à la population canadienne d’être tenue informée des mesures que prend le gouvernement du Canada en vue de protéger notre environnement naturel.

Les hydrochlorofluorocarbones sont principalement utilisés pour l’injection de mousse, la réfrigération et la climatisation, le dégraissage aux solvants, la fabrication d’aérosols et l’extinction des incendies.

« Appauvrissement de l’ozone » est l’expression couramment utilisée pour décrire l’amincissement de la couche d’ozone, qui agit comme un filtre naturel en absorbant la plus grande partie du rayonnement ultraviolet du soleil.

Le Fonds pour dommage à l’environnement est administré par Environnement et Changement climatique Canada. Il a été créé en 1995 pour établir un mécanisme permettant d’acheminer les fonds reçus à la suite d’amendes, d’ordonnances de tribunaux et de paiements volontaires vers des projets qui seront avantageux pour notre environnement naturel.

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GoC helps improve search and rescue in NB

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Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake, on behalf of the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced $753,000 in federal funding to the Miramichi Ground Search and Rescue and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization of the Department of Justice and Public Safety under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF).

This investment will support advanced and specialized search and rescue training to the ground search and rescue teams and ensure continuity of that training. It will also support the development of a Ground Search and Rescue Training Center in Miramichi.

The SAR NIF aims to fund projects that improve and enhance the objectives of the Natizonal Search and Rescue Program (NSP).  The Government of Canada dedicates $7.6 million each year to support new and ongoing projects under SAR NIF.

“I congratulate the Miramichi Ground Search and Rescue. This funding will help educate people to better assess risks, and to understand the importance of acquiring and using the knowledge and skills that can save their lives and minimize injury,” said Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake.

“We are pleased to support this important project that will improve the safety of all regions in our province. The ground search and rescue teams play an essential role by providing assistance to any resident in distress.” said Bill Fraser, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, New Brunswick, on behalf of Denis Landry, minister of Justice and Public Safety, New Brunswick.

“This project is important to the development of ground search and rescue teams in New Brunswick and their ability to provide better services to the population of the province. Up until now, volunteers had to spend long hours in fund-raising activities in order to get funding to provide the necessary training to all team members. In addition to receiving better training, they will be able to dedicate more time to planning and preparation for ground search and rescue operations.” said Jerry McKenna, Executive Director, Miramichi Ground Search and Rescue Team.

Investments in the SAR NIF will:

  • promote and support projects designed to develop and improve SAR prevention;
  • enhance the effectiveness of the SAR response in federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions; and,
  • share SAR response and prevention best practices throughout the SAR community.

The Government of Canada funds up to 95% of search and rescue projects.  Recipients must obtain a minimum of 5% of the total project cost by way of in-kind and/or cash contribution.

Projects are selected through a merit-based process using objective and measurable criteria.

The Government of Canada will soon launch the 2018-2019 call for proposals for the SAR NIF. Proposals will be accepted until November 10, 2017. 


Le gouvernement du Canada aide à améliorer la recherche et le sauvetage au Nouveau‑Brunswick

Pat Finnigan, député de Miramichi—Grand Lake, au nom du ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile, a annoncé le versement de 753 000 $ en financement fédéral à l’équipe de recherche et de sauvetage au sol de Miramichi et à l’Organisation des mesures d’urgence du Nouveau‑Brunswick du ministère de la Justice et de la Sécurité publique dans le cadre du Fonds des nouvelles initiatives de recherche et de sauvetage.

Cet investissement servira à financer la prestation d’une formation avancée et spécialisée en recherche et sauvetage à l’intention des équipes de recherche et de sauvetage au sol et à assurer la continuité de cette formation. Il soutiendra également la mise sur pied d’un centre de formation en recherche et sauvetage au sol à Miramichi.

Le Fonds vise à financer des projets qui cherchent à améliorer et à renforcer les objectifs du Programme national de recherche et de sauvetage. Le gouvernement du Canada consacre chaque année 7,6 millions de dollars au soutien de nouveaux projets et de projets existants dans le cadre du Fonds.

« Je tiens à féliciter l’équipe de recherche et de sauvetage au sol de Miramichi. Ces fonds aideront à renseigner les gens afin qu’ils évaluent mieux les risques et qu’ils comprennent l’importance d’acquérir et d’utiliser des connaissances et des compétences qui pourraient leur sauver la vie et minimiser leurs risques de blessures. dit Pat Finnigan, député de Miramichi—Grand Lake. »

«Nous sommes heureux d’appuyer cet important projet qui améliorera la sécurité dans toutes les régions de notre province. Les équipes de recherche et sauvetage au sol jouent un rôle essentiel en offrant de l’aide aux personnes en détresse. dit Bill Fraser, ministre des Transports et de l’Infrastructure, Nouveau-Brunswick, au nom de Denis Landry, ministre de la Justice et de la Sécurité publique, Nouveau‑Brunswick. »

« Il s’agit d’un projet important en ce qui concerne le perfectionnement des équipes de recherche et de sauvetage au sol au Nouveau‑Brunswick et leur capacité à offrir de meilleurs services à la population de la province. Jusqu’à maintenant, les bénévoles devaient consacrer de longues heures à des activités de financement dans le but d’obtenir des fonds pour offrir la formation nécessaire à tous les membres des équipes. En plus de recevoir une meilleure formation, ils pourront consacrer plus de temps à la planification et à la préparation des opérations de recherche et de sauvetage au sol. dit Jerry McKenna, directeur général, équipe de recherche et de sauvetage au sol de Miramichi.»

Les investissements effectués dans le cadre du Fonds des nouvelles initiatives de recherche et de sauvetage permettront de :

  •  promouvoir et soutenir différents projets conçus pour élaborer et améliorer les mesures de prévention en recherche et sauvetage;
  • accroître l’efficacité des interventions en recherche et sauvetage au sein des administrations fédérale, provinciales et territoriales;
  • mettre en commun des pratiques exemplaires par rapport aux interventions et à la prévention entourant la recherche et le sauvetage dans l’ensemble de la communauté de la recherche et du sauvetage.

Le gouvernement du Canada finance jusqu’à 95 % des projets de recherche et de sauvetage. Les bénéficiaires doivent obtenir au moins 5 % du coût total du projet au moyen de contributions en nature ou en espèces.

Les projets sont sélectionnés au moyen d’un processus fondé sur le mérite et de critères objectifs et mesurables.

Le gouvernement du Canada lancera bientôt l’appel de propositions pour 2018-2019 dans le cadre du Fonds des nouvelles initiatives de recherche et de sauvetage. Les propositions seront acceptées jusqu’au 10 novembre 2017.

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New Canadian Coast Guard SAR lifeboats

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The Government of Canada is investing in new Search and Rescue (SAR) lifeboats to ensure that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment they need to keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe.

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that one of the 20 planned new SAR lifeboats will be named after Conception Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador. This new “Bay” class of boats will all be named after geographical bays across Canada.

The CCGS Conception Bay will be stationed in the Atlantic region.

“The Government of Canada’s investment in new equipment for the Canadian Coast Guard is important across our region, especially in our coastal communities where so many depend on the sea for their livelihood. It is an honour for the people of Conception Bay South to have a critical national asset named after our beautiful bay in recognition of the importance of our community,” said Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon.

Chantier Naval Forillon and Hike Metal were awarded contracts totaling $89.2 million to build twelve of the new SAR lifeboats.

The new high-endurance, self-righting Search and Rescue lifeboats will operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore, delivering improved search and rescue capability.

In total, the Coast Guard will be receiving 20 new SAR lifeboats. Fifteen new search and rescue lifeboats are being built under the Federal Infrastructure Initiative and the Fleet Renewal Plan and five are committed under the Oceans Protection Plan. These assets will provide critical search and rescue services for Canadians and will benefit Canadians and the Canadian marine industry.

Search and rescue lifeboat stations are strategically located across Canada and are operated by highly-trained professional Canadian Coast Guard personnel well-equipped to respond to marine incidents in near-shore areas.

Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Newfoundland will have new Coast Guard stations in the areas of Twillingate and Bay de Verde, and St. Anthony. 


Nouveaux bateaux de recherche et sauvetage de la Garde côtière canadienne à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

Le gouvernement du Canada investit dans de nouveaux bateaux de recherche et sauvetage pour donner à la Garde côtière canadienne l’équipement dont elle a besoin pour assurer la sécurité des Canadiens et des voies navigables canadiennes.

L’honorable Dominic Leblanc, ministre des Pêches, des Océans et de la Garde côtière canadienne, annonçait que le nom d’un des 20 nouveaux bateaux de recherche et sauvetage s’inspirera de la ville de Conception Bay, à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. En effet, tous les bateaux de la nouvelle classe Baie porteront le nom de baies canadiennes.

Le NGCC Conception Bay sera posté dans la région de l’Atlantique.

« L'investissement du gouvernement du Canada dans de nouveaux équipements pour la Garde côtière canadienne est important dans toute notre région, en particulier dans nos collectivités côtières où beaucoup de gens dépendent de la mer pour leur subsistance. C'est un honneur pour les gens de Conception Bay South d'avoir un atout national d’une telle importance nommée en l’honneur de notre belle baie en reconnaissance de l'importance de notre communauté. dit Ken McDonald, député d'Avalon. »

Les entreprises Chantier Naval Forillon Inc. et Hike Metal Products ont obtenu des contrats totalisant 89,2 millions de dollars pour la construction de 12 de ces nouveaux bateaux de recherche et sauvetage.

Ces nouveaux bateaux à grand rayon d’action et à redressement automatique pourront s’aventurer à 100 milles marins de la côte et accroîtront la capacité de recherche et de sauvetage.

La Garde côtière doit recevoir au total 20 nouveaux bateaux de recherche et sauvetage. Quinze doivent être construits aux termes de l’Initiative visant les infrastructures fédérales et du Plan de renouvellement de la flotte et cinq font l’objet d’un engagement conformément au Plan de protection des océans. Ces actifs permettront la prestation de services indispensables de recherche et sauvetage aux Canadiens et profiteront à la population comme à l’industrie maritime canadienneCes nouveaux bateaux à grand rayon d’action et à redressement automatique pourront s’aventurer à 100 milles marins de la côte et accroîtront la capacité de recherche et de sauvetage.

Les stations de bateaux de recherche et sauvetage sont réparties de manière stratégique sur le territoire canadien et gérées par des professionnels hautement qualifiés de la Garde côtière canadienne, qui ont la capacité d’intervenir en cas d’incident maritime dans les zones littorales.

Aux termes du Plan de protection des océans, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador sera dotée de nouvelles stations de la Garde côtière dans les environs de Twillingate, de Bay de Verde et de St. Anthony.

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Norwegian air ambulance receives an H135

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Norwegian air ambulance operator, Norsk Luftambulanse AS (NOLAS), is now the first civil customer to receive an H135 equipped with Helionix. In December 2016, the UK MoD was the first military customer to receive the new H135 with Helionix.

NOLAS won a national HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) tender in Norway in 2016, and a total of 12 bases and 17 new helicopters will be operated from June 1, 2018. All helicopters are equipped for 24/7 operations with state-of-the-art configuration for Single Pilot IFR/Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) operation, Aerolite interiors and the latest medical equipment. With a specially trained anesthesiologist, a pilot and a HEMS crew member, and a specially configured helicopter, NOLAS do on-scene missions as well as advanced intensive care transportation in the demanding environment of Norway.

The H135 obtained EASA certification for the Helionix avionics suite in November 2016. The Helionix avionics system designed by Airbus offers operators with increased mission flexibility and safety. Helionix is a family concept with standardized features and is already available on the H175 and H145.

On top of the 4-axis autopilot, Helionix offers an innovative cockpit layout which helps to increase situational awareness. Designed with three large electronic displays on the H135, the cockpit is Night Vision Goggle compatible and includes a First Limit Indicator which highlights the appropriate engine instrument data for the pilot in one indicator.

The H135 is a helicopter of reference for air ambulance operators worldwide. It combines a wide, unobstructed cabin with excellent performance, range and payload capacity – along with low-noise operations. The oversized sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors enable fast loading/unloading of patients, with additional safety during ground operations provided by Airbus’ signature shrouded Fenestron tail rotor.

“In demanding environments and under almost all kind of weather challenges, it is great to have the support of the new technological developments that the Helionix version can offer,” said NOLAS CEO Rune Midtgaard. “It reduces the pilot workload, increases the safety of the operation and in the end the ability to reach the patients in need of the advanced medical support the service can offer.”

Six additional H135s with Helionix will be delivered to NOLAS in 2017 and 2018. 

“We are proud that NOLAS trusts our helicopter and the Helionix suite for their challenging missions” says Martin Schneider, head of the H135 programme. 

Airbus has delivered more than 1,250 H135s to customers around the globe who have logged a total of more than four million flight hours. 

Traditional missions for this class of helicopters include emergency medical services,  law enforcement,  VIP and business passenger transport,  maintenance of industrial wind parks and military training.

​NOLAS is owned by the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. Since 1978 the Foundation has supported and developed pre-hospital care in Norway and, through NOLAS, executed advanced HEMS with BO105s, AS 365s, EC 135s and EC145.

NOLAS is also the sole HEMS operator in Denmark with three EC135s under contract with the Danish Regions. By June 2018, the company will be the national RW HEMS operator of Norway, with seven H135, eight H145, and two AW139 helicopters.

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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RCAF supports Hurricane Harvey Relief

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A Royal Canadian Air Force CC130J Hercules departed 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario for Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, carrying humanitarian supplies from the Government of Canada to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

In the wake of the hurricane, the Government of Canada offered to assist with relief efforts and the United States accepted this offer through its Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The RCAF airlift is part of a Whole of Government response to the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that has caused a mandatory evacuation of approximately 750,000 people with an additional 1.1 million people who are under a voluntary evacuation order along the Gulf Coast.

"Like all good neighbours, Canada and the United States are there for each other in times of crisis. Canadians can be proud that ‎the Royal Canadian Air Force is well-suited to humanitarian missions at home and abroad thanks to its agility, flexibility and professionalism. The Canadian Armed Forces will continue to work with other departments in the Canadian government as well as our partners in the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be responsive to requests for aid as our American friends and neighbours recover from the horrors of Hurricane Harvey," said Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister.

The relief supplies on this flight included baby formula, blankets, cribs, and similar items. Supplies will be sent to Lackland Air Force Base, near San Antonio, Texas.

A CC130J Hercules is being used to transport the supplies. This aircraft is well-suited to disaster relief operations and humanitarian missions. The CC130J Hercules is a four-engine turboprop tactical transport aircraft with a rear cargo ramp and rugged landing gear. It is used for troop transport, tactical airlift (both palletized and vehicular cargo) and humanitarian missions. It has a maximum payload of 48,000 lbs / 21,772 kg.

Members of 8 Wing Trenton have diverse responsibilities, from delivering supplies to the Canadian Forces Station Alert in the high Arctic to airlifting troops, equipment, and humanitarian loads worldwide. They are adaptable and well-prepared to support disaster assistance missions throughout the world. 


L’Aviation royale canadienne soutient le vol de secours vers le Texas à la suite de l’ouragan Harvey

Un aéronef CC130J Hercules de l’Aviation royale canadienne a quitté la 8e Escadre de Trenton aujourd’hui en direction de la base des forces aériennes de Lackland, au Texas. Il transportait des fournitures humanitaires en provenance du gouvernement du Canada pour apporter de l’aide dans le cadre des efforts de secours suite à l’ouragan Harvey.

Suite à l’ouragan, le gouvernement du Canada a offert son aide et le gouvernement américain l’a accepté par l’entremise de l’agence FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

Cette évacuation aérienne de l’Aviation royale canadienne s’inscrit dans le cadre de la réponse pangouvernementale aux efforts de secours suite à l’ouragan Harvey qui a causé l’évacuation obligatoire de près de 750 000 personnes; 1,1 million d’autres personnes font face à un ordre d’évacuation volontaire tout le long de la côte du golfe.

« Comme tous bons voisins, le Canada et les États-Unis sont là l’un pour l’autre en temps de crise. Les Canadiens sont fiers que l’Aviation royale canadienne soit, grâce à son agilité, sa flexibilité et son professionnalisme, si bien adaptée à de telles missions humanitaires ici et ailleurs dans le monde. Les Forces armées canadiennes continueront de travailler avec les autres ministères du gouvernement canadien de même qu’avec leurs partenaires de FEMA pour répondre aux demandes d’aides pendant que nos amis et voisins américains se relèvent des désastres causés par l’ouragan Harvey. dit Harjit S. Sajjan, ministre de la Défense. »

Parmi les fournitures de secours acheminées sur ce vol, notons : du lait maternisé, des couvertures, des lits pour enfants et d’autres articles du genre. Le tout sera envoyé à la base des forces aériennes Lackland, près de San Antonio, au Texas.

Un aéronef de type CC130J Hercules est utilisé pour ce transport. Il est bien adapté aux opérations en cas de désastres naturels et de missions humanitaires. C’est un aéronef à quatre turbopropulseurs utilisé pour le transport tactique; il comporte une rampe de chargement arrière et un train d’atterrissage robuste. Il est utilisé pour le transport de troupes, le transport tactique (fret sur palette et véhicules) ainsi que pour les missions d’aide humanitaire. Sa charge utile maximale est de 48 000 livres ou 21 772 kilos.

Les membres de la 8e Escadre Trenton ont des responsabilités variées, que l’on parle d’approvisionnement de la Station des Forces canadiennes Alert dans l’Extrême Arctique ou de transport aérien de troupes, d’équipement, ou de chargements humanitaires partout dans le monde. Ils savent s’adapter aux situations et sont bien préparés pour soutenir les missions d’aide humanitaire à l’échelle de la planète.

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OTTAWA, September 1, 2017 – The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement about the flooding situation in the States of Texas and Louisiana:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas, who have been displaced or directly affected by the disastrous effects of Hurricane Harvey.

"Canada and U.S. have a close relationship and history of helping one another in times of need.  We are working closely with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with the participation of the Governments of Ontario and Quebec, to provide a range of much needed supplies including; to provide a range of much needed supplies including; hygiene kits, bed pillows, bath towels, baby formula, baby disposable bottles, baby cribs and baby linens.

The resilience and support demonstrated by the people in the affected area echo the solidarity and steadfastness with which Canada stands by our close friend and ally, the United States. I want to commend local volunteers, first responders and residents who continue to work selflessly to keep their neighbours and communities safe.”

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In the wake of a new wave of asylum seekers crossing the border in search of permanent residency, more than half of Canadians say this country is being “too generous” towards those coming in through irregular channels.

Since July 1, more than 7,000 people have walked across the border into Quebec to make asylum claims.

Now, a new public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds 53% of Canadians of the opinion the country’s approach is too giving – more than eight times as many as those who say Canada is not being “generous enough”.

Asked to weigh in on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s public statements about Canada welcoming refugees while also discouraging irregular border crossings, slightly more than half of Canadians (54%) say the PM’s messaging has been “unclear,” and a majority (57%) disapprove of the Trudeau government’s handling of the situation overall.

The Institute found that opinions divide along political lines: 75% of past Conservative voters say Canada has been too generous, compared to 45% of New Democrats, and 40% Liberals.

Asked how Canada should focus available resources, 70% would prioritize border monitoring and security over assistance to the new arrivals.

Looking to the future, some 43% of Canadians expect the number of irregular border crossings to increase “quite a bit” (23%) or “become a flood” (20%) before the end of this year.

 

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Canada building its resilience to climate change

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Taking action to adapt to climate change will help protect the health, well-being, and prosperity of Canadians and manage risks to communities, businesses, and ecosystems. Preparing for the effects of climate change before they happen will make our communities stronger and healthier for this generation and the next. That’s why the Government of Canada is making significant investments to help communities build their resilience to climate change as a key part of our plan to address climate change.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the launch of the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results.

The Expert Panel will advise the Government of Canada on measuring progress on adaptation and climate resilience to better understand how federal, provincial, and territorial adaptation efforts are building Canada’s resilience to climate change, for instance, by providing up-to-date information, supporting climate-smart infrastructure, and updating building codes. The panel will also support the federal government in better communicating to Canadians how we are preparing for and adapting to the current and future impacts of climate change.

The Expert Panel will support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which is Canada’s plan to meet our greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and create clean growth and jobs through investments in clean technology, innovation, and infrastructure.

Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, will chair the Expert Panel. The panel will also include academic, private sector, government, non-government, and Indigenous representation. The panel will engage with provinces and territories in its work.

“Acting now to deal with current and future climate change impacts will help protect Canadians from climate change risks and reduce their costs from climate-related damage and health issues. By developing made-in-Canada adaptation expertise and technology to deal with the effects of climate change, we will create good middle-class jobs and spur innovation. The work of the Expert Panel will help us to better understand how all levels of government are helping to protect communities across Canada from the effects of climate change,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

“All regions of Canada are subject to the impacts of a changing climate. In response to these impacts, the Expert Panel will serve a critical role in informing how we measure progress on advancing resilience and limiting extreme weather risk experienced by Canadians,” said Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo.

Climate change is impacting the severity, frequency, and duration of extreme events including flooding, droughts, storm surges, high winds, and heat waves.

The 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire displaced 90 000 people, destroyed 2 400 homes and other buildings, and caused disruptions in local economies. With insured losses of approximately $3.5 billion, it was the costliest natural disaster in Canada’s history.

More recently, British Columbia has been experiencing its worst wildfire season on record. Since April 1, 2017, 1105 wildfires have razed approximately 10 114 square kilometres of British Columbia. More than 45 000 people have been displaced by the fires this summer, and approximately 2500 people remain evacuated from their homes, with 154 fires continuing to burn. So far this season, wildfires have cost the province $309 million, five times greater than the amount budgeted.

Climate change will significantly impact the frequency, duration, and intensity of heat waves, which can increase heat-related illnesses and fatalities in Canada. During prolonged heat waves in British Columbia (July 2009) and in Quebec (July 2010), public-health officials stated that there were an estimated 156 and 280 deaths, respectively, from heat-related causes.

The Government of Canada has made significant investments in building Canada’s climate resilience. Budget 2017 announced $260 million over five years (2017-2022), building on Budget 2016 investments for adaptation programs on information and capacity, infrastructure, human health and well-being, vulnerable regions, and climate-related hazards and disaster risks such as floods, fires, and storms.

Budget 2017 also provided further details on $22 billion in green-infrastructure investments to boost economic growth and build resilient communities. This investment includes $2 billion for a disaster mitigation and adaptation fund, which is the most significant commitment to date to invest in adaptation by the Government of Canada. 


Le gouvernement du Canada crée un groupe d’experts sur l’adaptation aux changements climatiques

Les mesures d’adaptation aux changements climatiques permettront de protéger la santé, le mieux-être et la prospérité des Canadiens et de gérer les risques pour les collectivités, les entreprises et les écosystèmes. En nous préparant aux effets des changements climatiques avant qu’ils ne surviennent, nous rendrons nos collectivités plus fortes et plus saines pour la génération actuelle et les suivantes. C’est dans cet esprit que le gouvernement du Canada effectue des investissements considérables pour aider les collectivités à renforcer leur résilience aux changements climatiques, un des éléments clés de notre plan de lutte contre les changements climatiques.

La ministre de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique, Catherine McKenna, a annoncé la création du Groupe d’experts sur les résultats de l’adaptation et de la résilience aux changements climatiques.

Le Groupe d’experts offrira des conseils au gouvernement du Canada pour mesurer les progrès accomplis en matière d’adaptation et de résilience aux changements climatiques, afin de mieux comprendre dans quelle mesure les efforts d’adaptation fédéraux, provinciaux et territoriaux permettent au Canada de renforcer sa résilience aux changements climatiques, notamment en offrant des renseignements à jour, en appuyant les infrastructures adaptées au climat et en modernisant les codes du bâtiment. De plus, le Groupe d’experts aidera le gouvernement fédéral à mieux communiquer aux Canadiens nos mesures de préparation et d’adaptation aux effets actuels et futurs des changements climatiques.

Le Groupe d’experts appuiera le Cadre pancanadien sur la croissance propre et les changements climatiques, le plan du Canada visant à réaliser notre objectif de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, à renforcer la résilience aux effets des changements climatiques et à créer une croissance et des emplois propres en investissant dans les technologies propres, l’innovation et l’infrastructure.

Blair Feltmate, chef du Centre Intact d’adaptation au climat de l’Université de Waterloo, présidera le Groupe d’experts. Des représentants du milieu universitaire, du secteur privé, d’organisations gouvernementales et non gouvernementales et des peuples autochtones feront également partie du Groupe d’experts. Les provinces et les territoires participeront aussi aux travaux de ce dernier.

« Agir maintenant pour lutter contre les effets actuels et futurs des changements climatiques contribuera à protéger les Canadiens contre les risques associés aux changements climatiques et à réduire les coûts des dommages et des problèmes de santé liés au climat. En élaborant une expertise et une technologie canadiennes en matière d’adaptation afin de gérer les effets des changements climatiques, nous créerons de bons emplois pour la classe moyenne et nous favoriserons l’innovation. Le travail du Groupe d’experts nous aidera à mieux comprendre la façon dont tous les ordres de gouvernement contribuent à protéger les collectivités de l’ensemble du Canada contre les effets des changements climatiques. dit Catherine McKenna, ministre de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique. »

« Toutes les régions du Canada sont touchées par les effets des changements climatiques. C’est pourquoi le Groupe d’experts jouera un rôle crucial en déterminant comment nous mesurerons les progrès réalisés vers une meilleure résilience et une réduction des risques associés aux événements météorologiques extrêmes que subissent les Canadiens. dit Blair Feltmate, chef du Centre Intact d’adaptation au climat, Université de Waterloo. »

Les changements climatiques ont un effet sur l’intensité, la fréquence et la durée des phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes, comme les inondations, les sécheresses, les ondes de tempêtes, les vents forts et les vagues de chaleur.

En 2016, le feu de forêt de Fort McMurray a entraîné le déplacement de 90 000 personnes, détruit 2 400 résidences et autres bâtiments, en plus de perturber l’économie locale. Avec des pertes assurées d’environ 3,5 milliards de dollars, cette catastrophe naturelle est la plus coûteuse de l’histoire du Canada.

Plus récemment, la Colombie-Britannique a connu la pire saison de feux de forêt jamais répertoriée dans cette province. Depuis le 1er avril 2017, 1 105 feux de forêt ont rasé environ 10 114 kilomètres carrés de la Colombie-Britannique. Plus de 45 000 personnes ont été évacuées en raison des feux cet été, et quelque 2 500 personnes n’ont toujours pas réintégré leur résidence, puisque 154 feux font toujours rage. Depuis le début de la saison, les feux de forêt ont coûté 309 millions de dollars à la province, soit cinq fois plus que le budget initialement prévu.

Les changements climatiques auront un impact considérable sur la fréquence, la durée et l’intensité des vagues de chaleur, ce qui peut accroître le nombre de troubles de santé et de décès provoqués par la chaleur au Canada. Durant les longues vagues de chaleur qui ont frappé la Colombie-Britannique en juillet 2009 et le Québec en juillet 2010, les responsables de la santé publique ont estimé à 156 et 280 le nombre de décès provoqués par la chaleur.

Le gouvernement du Canada a effectué des investissements considérables dans le but de renforcer la résilience climatique du Canada. Le budget de 2017 prend appui sur le budget de 2016 : ainsi, 260 millions de dollars sur cinq ans (2017-2022) ont été injectés dans une série de programmes d’adaptation fédéraux liés à l’information et à la capacité, à l’infrastructure, à la santé humaine et au mieux-être, aux régions vulnérables ainsi qu’aux dangers climatiques et aux risques de catastrophe, comme les inondations, les feux et les tempêtes.

Le budget de 2017 était également plus détaillé concernant les investissements de 22 milliards de dollars dans l’infrastructure verte visant à stimuler la croissance économique et à édifier des collectivités résilientes. Cela comprend 2 milliards de dollars pour un Fonds d’atténuation et d’adaptation en matière de catastrophes, ce qui représente à ce jour l’engagement financier le plus important du gouvernement fédéral en matière de mesures d’adaptation.

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GoC's new measures to protect Canada’s Arctic

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For residents of Canada’s Northern territories, marine transportation is an essential lifeline. Ships bring food and other important goods and represent critical jobs and employment.

Last November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan. This national strategy is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. The Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced a total investment of over $175 million in seven measures to help protect Arctic waters as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. These measures include:

  • $94.3 million over five years to support safer, and more efficient Arctic resupply operations through the Federal Investments in Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in Northern Communities Initiative.
  • The Government of Canada will enhance partnerships with Indigenous communities and Arctic stakeholders to establish Low Impact Shipping Corridors. The shipping routes established through these initiatives will provide the infrastructure, navigational support and emergency response services needed for safer marine navigation, while respecting the environment and local ecology and cultures.
  • $29.9 million to build a new Arctic National Aerial Surveillance Program Complex in Iqaluit, Nunavut featuring a hangar and accommodations unit, to further improve spill prevention. This investment will enhance Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program Arctic operations to keep a watchful eye over the growing number of ships operating in Canada’s Arctic waters.
  • $21 million over five years for Transport Canada‘s Marine Training Contribution Fund. This investment will enhance and expand marine training and opportunities to underrepresented groups, including Indigenous people, Northerners and women in Canada’s Arctic.
  • $16.89 million over five years to establish Transport Canada’s Office of Incident Management, which will modernize and standardize the department’s incident response processes. The Office will oversee implementation of the Incident Command System, a widely recognized and used response tool. This will improve the department’s response capability in emergency situations and improve seamless coordination with other response partners.
  • $13.4 million over five years to expand Transport Canada’s Community Participation Funding Program. This investment will facilitate meaningful partnerships with Indigenous groups and increase their participation and input into decisions affecting Canada’s marine transportation system.
  • The continued expansion of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Arctic to bolster our collective ability to respond to maritime all-hazard incidents in the future. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is made up of trained volunteers who use their own vessels to respond to incidents in Canadian waters.

These new measures will allow Canada’s Northern territories to be better equipped, better regulated, and better prepared to protect their marine environment and coastal communities.

“Today, the Government of Canada has taken additional steps to protect the health of our Arctic coast and water and enhance the safety and security of marine resupply operations that Northern communities rely on to receive up to 95% of their goods. The measures we are announcing today will protect Canada’s Arctic coast and water for future generations and continue to provide critical jobs and employment,” said The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

“Our government is proud to be implementing the Oceans Protection Plan, a historic, $1.5-billion investment to help keep our oceans safe and clean. Under this plan, we are expanding the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Arctic, particularly through Indigenous participation. We look forward to continued consultation on this important project, which will see increased emergency response capacity in the Arctic and provide a meaningful opportunity for Indigenous communities to protect their marine areas for future generations,” said The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Federal Investments in Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in Northern Communities Initiative will support safer community resupply operations in northern coastal communities by funding safety equipment and basic marine infrastructure, along with training to use and maintain it.

Community Participation Funding Program will be made available to eligible Indigenous groups, non-profit organizations, and local communities, with a maximum of $50,000 per recipient, per engagement opportunity.  Funding will help these groups contribute local knowledge and expertise, e.g., local conditions and environmental sensitivities, to support activities aimed at improving Canada’s marine transportation system.

Enhancing National Aerial Surveillance Program Arctic operations will mean greater local marine pollution reporting, search and rescue capacity and satellite monitoring of vessels.

The Canadian Coast Guard has begun identifying locations for the expanded Arctic chapter of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary that will include up to eight new community response boats.

The Oceans Protection Plan will create long term training and jobs for Indigenous communities across Canada, ensuring a meaningful role in emergency response and waterway management that protects their communities and livelihoods, while addressing their concerns about marine shipping. 


Le gouvernement du Canada présente de nouvelles mesures pour protéger les milieux marins et les collectivités côtières de l'Arctique canadien

Pour les habitants des territoires du Nord canadien, le transport maritime est indispensable. Les navires apportent nourriture et autres biens importants, tout en offrant des occasions d’emploi d’une importance cruciale.  

En novembre dernier, le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a lancé le Plan de protection des océans de 1,5 milliard de dollars. Cette stratégie nationale met en place un système de sécurité maritime parmi les meilleurs au monde qui offre des possibilités économiques aux Canadiens dès aujourd'hui, tout en protégeant nos côtes et la qualité de nos eaux pour les générations futures. Le Plan de protection des océans est le plus gros investissement jamais accordé pour protéger le littoral et les voies navigables du Canada.

L'honorable Marc Garneau, ministre des Transports, a annoncé un investissement total de plus de 175 millions de dollars dans sept mesures visant à protéger les eaux arctiques dans le cadre du Plan de protections des océans. Voici en quoi consistent les mesures :

  • 94,3 millions de dollars sur cinq ans pour rendre le ravitaillement de l'Arctique plus sécuritaire et efficace grâce à une initiative d'investissements fédéraux dans l'équipement de sécurité et l'infrastructure maritime de base dans les collectivités nordiques;   
  • amélioration des partenariats entre le gouvernement du Canada, les Autochtones et les intervenants dans l’Arctique pour établir des couloirs de navigation à faible impact qui offrent l’infrastructure, le soutien à la navigation et les services d’intervention en cas d’urgence nécessaires à la sécurité du transport maritime, et qui respectent l’environnement, les cultures et les milieux naturels locaux;
  • 29,9 millions de dollars destinés à un nouveau complexe arctique pour le Programme national de surveillance aérienne à Iqaluit, au Nunavut, qui sera doté d’un hangar et d’un espace de travail, pour prévenir encore mieux les déversements et améliorer ce programme de Transports Canada dans l’Arctique canadien, lequel permet de surveiller de près le nombre grandissant de navires qui y circulent;
  • 21 millions de dollars sur cinq ans destinés au fonds de contribution pour la formation maritime de Transports Canada, lequel contribuera à améliorer et à développer la formation et les possibilités en transport maritime pour les groupes sous-représentés, comme les Autochtones, les habitants du Nord et les femmes de l’Arctique canadien;
  • 16,89 millions de dollars sur cinq ans pour établir le bureau de gestion des incidents de Transports Canada, lequel lui permettra de moderniser et de normaliser son processus d’intervention et d’encadrer la mise en œuvre du système de commandement en cas d’incident (outil d’intervention reconnu et utilisé à grande échelle), afin d’améliorer la capacité d’intervention du Ministère en situation d’urgence ainsi que la coordination continue avec les autres intervenants;
  • 13,4 millions de dollars sur cinq ans pour élargir le Programme de financement de la participation communautaire de Transports Canada, et ainsi, favoriser les partenariats avec les Autochtones et accroître leur participation aux décisions touchant le réseau de transport maritime du Canada;
  • développement continu de la Garde côtière auxiliaire canadienne pour l’Arctique (un ensemble de bénévoles entraînés pour intervenir avec leurs propres bateaux en cas d’incident en eaux canadiennes), afin d’améliorer notre capacité collective d’intervention à la suite d’incidents maritimes de tout genre.

Ces nouvelles mesures permettront aux territoires du Nord canadien d'être mieux outillés, dotés d’une meilleure réglementation et mieux préparés pour protéger leurs milieux marins et leurs collectivités côtières.

« Aujourd'hui, le gouvernement du Canada a pris des mesures additionnelles pour protéger les côtes et les eaux de l'Arctique, et pour accroître la sécurité et la sûreté des activités maritimes de ravitaillement qui permettent de livrer jusqu'à 95 % des produits de consommation des collectivités nordiques. Ces mesures protégeront la région arctique du Canada pour les générations à venir, tout en offrant des occasions d’emploi d’une importance cruciale. dit l’honorable Marc Garneau, Ministre des Transports.»

« Notre gouvernement est fier de mettre en œuvre le Plan de protection des océans, un investissement sans précédent de 1,5 milliard de dollars visant à garder nos océans propres et sécuritaires. Ce plan permettra de développer la Garde côtière auxiliaire pour l’Arctique, surtout grâce à la participation des Autochtones. D’ailleurs, nous souhaitons instaurer une consultation continue dans le cadre de cet important projet. Il contribuera à accroître la capacité d’intervention d’urgence dans l’Arctique et offrira de réelles possibilités aux collectivités autochtones de protéger leurs milieux marins pour les générations futures. dit l’honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Ministre des Pêches, des Océans et de la Garde côtière canadienne.»

L'initiative d'investissements fédéraux dans l'équipement de sécurité et l'infrastructure maritime de base dans les collectivités nordiques permettra de financer l'équipement et l'infrastructure, ainsi que la formation pour l'utiliser et l'entretenir, ce qui rendra le ravitaillement plus sécuritaire dans les régions côtières du Nord.

Le Programme de financement de la participation communautaire permettra de fournir aux groupes autochtones, aux organismes sans but lucratif et aux collectivités locales admissibles un fonds maximal de 50 000 $ par bénéficiaire et par projet. Le financement aidera ces groupes à offrir une expertise et des connaissances sur le milieu, par exemple les conditions locales et les vulnérabilités de l'environnement, pour faciliter les activités visant à améliorer le réseau de transport maritime du Canada.    

L'amélioration des activités arctiques du Programme national de surveillance aérienne se traduira par de meilleurs rapports sur la présence de pollution, une plus grande capacité de recherche et sauvetage, et une meilleure surveillance des navires par satellite.

La Garde côtière canadienne a commencé à sélectionner des endroits dans l'Arctique pour établir le nouveau chapitre de sa division auxiliaire. Cette dernière comprendra jusqu'à huit nouveaux bateaux d’intervention d’utilité collective.

Le Plan de protection des océans permettra d’offrir de la formation et des emplois à long terme aux Autochtones d’un bout à l’autre du Canada, ce qui leur garantira un rôle important dans les interventions d’urgence et la gestion des voies navigables, et protégera leurs collectivités et moyens de subsistance, tout en répondant à leurs préoccupations relatives au transport maritime.

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Firefighters’ National Memorial Day

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As a tribute to the firefighters who risk their lives to keep Canadians safe, today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced the formal establishment of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

Minister Goodale was accompanied by Michael Fougere, Mayor of Regina; Robert Kirkpatrick, President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation; Lloyd Zwack, President of the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Association, on behalf of the International Association of Fire Fighters; Ken Block, Fire Chief of the City of Edmonton, on behalf of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs; Richard Kent, Commissioner of Saskatchewan First Nations Emergency Management, on behalf of the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada; Graham Pawlett, National President of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association; Serge Poulin, ‎Strategic Planning Manager of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.

The second Sunday in September of each year is now designated in memory of firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. On that day, the Canadian flag will be half-masted on all federal buildings and establishments.

The Government of Canada recognizes the dangers firefighters often face when carrying out their duties, and the ultimate sacrifice of firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Firefighters’ National Memorial Day will commemorate their courage, their selflessness, and their unwavering commitment to serving our communities.

“Firefighters put their safety on the line in service to Canadians. Firefighters’ National Memorial Day will allow us to commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and with the new grant program created in our last Budget, we will demonstrate our support for their loved ones on a national scale,” said Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

“In honour of Canada's fallen firefighters and on behalf of their families, we are truly grateful for the proclamation to name the second Sunday of every September, the date of our annual ceremony, as ‘Firefighters National Memorial Day.’ We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Ralph Goodale who have demonstrated our government's appreciation of the sacrifice and commitment of firefighters in this country, and what they do for their local communities,” said Captain Robert Kirkpatrick, president of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The first Firefighters’ National Memorial Day will be September 10th, 2017.

According to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, over 1,300 firefighters died in the line of duty since 1848.

The Government of Canada is working to support public safety officers and volunteers including Budget 2017 commitment to invest $80 million over five years, starting in 2018-19, and $20 million thereafter, for the establishment of a grant program to support the families of public safety officers who have fallen in the line of duty. 


Le gouvernement du Canada instaure le Jour commémoratif national des pompiers

Afin de rendre hommage aux pompiers qui protègent les Canadiens au péril de leur vie, aujourd’hui, l’honorable Ralph Goodale, ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile, a annoncé l’instauration officielle du Jour commémoratif national des pompiers.

Le ministre Goodale était accompagné de Michael Fougere, le maire de Regina, Robert Kirkpatrick, président de la Fondation canadienne des pompiers morts en service, Lloyd Zwack, président de l’Association des pompiers professionnels de la Saskatchewan, au nom de l’Association internationale des pompiers, Ken Block, chef du service d’incendie de la Ville d’Edmonton,  au nom de l’Association canadienne des chefs de pompiers, Richard Kent, commissaire à la gestion des urgences des Premières Nations de la Saskatchewan, au nom de l’Association des pompiers autochtones du Canada, Graham Pawlett, président national de l’Association canadienne des services volontaires d’incendie, et Serge Poulin, gestionnaire de la planification stratégique du Centre interservices des feux de forêt du Canada.

Le deuxième dimanche de septembre de chaque année est maintenant consacré à la mémoire des pompiers qui ont péri dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions. Au cours de cette journée, le drapeau canadien sera mis en berne sur tous les édifices et établissements fédéraux.

Le gouvernement du Canada reconnaît les dangers auxquels les pompiers sont régulièrement confrontés dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions et l’ultime sacrifice de ceux qui ont donné leur vie en remplissant leur devoir.

Le Jour commémoratif national des pompiers permettra de commémorer leur courage, leur altruisme et leur engagement indéfectible à servir nos communautés.

« Les pompiers mettent leur sécurité en jeu au service des Canadiens. Grâce au Jour commémoratif national des pompiers, qui nous permettra de commémorer les pompiers qui ont sacrifié leur vie, et au nouveau programme de subventions créé dans notre dernier budget, nous allons démontrer notre appui à leurs proches à l’échelle du pays. dit l’honorable Ralph Goodale, ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile. »

« En l’honneur des pompiers du Canada morts en service et au nom de leurs familles, nous sommes sincèrement reconnaissants que le deuxième dimanche du mois de septembre de chaque année, soit le jour de notre cérémonie annuelle, ait été proclamé Jour commémoratif national des pompiers. Nous saluons les efforts déployés par le premier ministre Justin Trudeau et le ministre Ralph Goodale, qui ont su montrer que le présent gouvernement reconnaît le sacrifice et l’engagement des pompiers de partout au pays et le travail qu’ils accomplissent au profit de leurs collectivités locales. dit capitaine Robert Kirkpatrick, président de la Fondation canadienne des pompiers morts en service. »   

Le premier Jour commémoratif national des pompiers se tiendra le 10 septembre 2017.

Selon la Fondation canadienne des pompiers morts en service, plus de 1 300 pompiers sont morts en devoir depuis 1848.

Le gouvernement du Canada s’efforce de soutenir les agents et les bénévoles dans le domaine de la sécurité publique à l’aide d’un engagement du budget de 2017 qui vise à investir 80 millions de dollars sur cinq ans à compter de l’exercice 2018-2019 et 20 millions de dollars par la suite pour l’établissement d’un programme de subventions afin de soutenir les familles des agents de la sécurité publique qui sont morts dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions.

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CBSA seizes heroin at Hamilton Airport

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced today that a seizure of heroin at the John C. Munroe Hamilton International Airport resulted in two arrests.

On July 18, border services officers conducted a routine exam at a cargo facility at the John C. Munroe Hamilton International Airport and opened a package from Pakistan. The package included various clothing items, including five pairs of women’s high-heel shoes. Officers decided to conduct an X-ray after noticing a smell emitting from the package and modifications to the soles of the shoes. The scan revealed the presence of unidentified rectangular objects varying in size in the soles of the shoes. Officers separated the soles from the shoes and discovered wrapped, clear bags shaped to represent the soles. The substance tested positive for heroin. In total, the CBSA seized 799 grams of heroin concealed in five pairs of shoes.  

The CBSA turned over the narcotics to the RCMP who conducted a controlled delivery and as a result the following individuals were arrested and charged: 

  • Evans Okwara (34 years old) of Toronto was charged with importation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy. 

  • Nancy Mintah (25 years old) of Toronto was charged with importation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy. 

The CBSA and the RCMP work closely with their domestic and international law enforcement partners to ensure the safety and security of Canada's border. 

"To protect Canadians and intercept illegal narcotics, CBSA officers use a combination of tools and training. This seizure shows how our collaborative efforts with the RCMP keep drugs out of our communities," said Norm Sheridan, Acting Regional Director General, Greater Toronto Area Region, CBSA.

"Illicit drugs destroys lives and communities. The RCMP remains committed to keeping our communities safe. This is a good example of the RCMP working together with our CBSA partners to achieve this goal," said Inspector Orest Hnatykiw, Officer in charge of the Toronto Airport Detachment, RCMP.

In 2017 to date, CBSA officers in the Greater Toronto Area Region seized more than 55 kilograms of heroin. 


L’ASFC saisit de l’héroïne à l’aéroport international John C. Munroe de Hamilton

L’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) et la Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC) ont annoncé aujourd’hui une saisie d’héroïne à l’aéroport international John C. Munroe de Hamilton qui a mené à deux arrestations.

Le 18 juillet, des agents des services frontaliers ont procédé à des examens dans une installation de fret de l’aéroport international John C. Munroe de Hamilton et ont ouvert un colis suspect en provenance du Pakistan. Le colis renfermait divers articles vestimentaires, y compris cinq paires de chaussures à talon haut. Les agents ont décidé de passer le colis aux rayons X après avoir remarqué une odeur se dégageant du colis et des modifications dans les semelles des chaussures. La radiographie a révélé des objets rectangulaires de tailles variées dans les semelles. Les agents ont séparé les semelles des souliers et ont découvert des sacs de plastiques transparents en forme de semelles. Des tests ont confirmé la présence d’héroïne. En tout, l’ASFC a saisi plus de 799 grammes d’héroïne dissimulés dans les cinq paires de chaussures.

L’ASFC a confié la saisie à la GRC. Celle-ci a procédé à une livraison contrôlée qui a conduit à l’arrestation et à la mise en accusation des personnes suivantes : 

  • Evans Okwara (34 ans), de Toronto, a été accusé d’importation d’une substance contrôlée, de possession d’une substance contrôlée en vue d’en faire le trafic et de complot. 

  • Nancy Mintah (25 ans), de Toronto, a été accusée d’importation d’une substance contrôlée, de possession d’une substance contrôlée en vue d’en faire le trafic et de complot. 

L’ASFC et la GRC collaborent étroitement avec leurs partenaires nationaux et internationaux de l’application de la loi afin d’assurer la sécurité de la frontière canadienne. 

«Les agents de l’ASFC utilisent divers outils, leur formation et leur instinct dans leurs efforts visant à protéger les Canadiens et à intercepter les stupéfiants illégaux. Cette saisie montre comment les efforts de collaboration avec la GRC empêchent que des drogues se retrouvent dans nos collectivités. dit Norm Sheridan, directeur général régional par intérim, Région du Grand Toronto, ASFC. »

«Les drogues illicites détruisent des vies et des collectivités. La GRC demeure résolue à assurer la sécurité de nos collectivités. Cette saisie démontre bien la collaboration entre la GRC et nos partenaires de l’ASFC pour atteindre cet objectif. dit inspecteur Orest Hnatykiw, agent responsable du détachement de l’aéroport de Toronto, GRC. »

Jusqu’à date en 2017, les agents de l’ASFC de la région du Grand Toronto ont saisi plus de 55 kilogrammes d’héroïne.  

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Canada to deploy more police to Iraq

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Through the International Police Peacekeeping and Peace Operations program, police officers from across Canada support efforts to build a more secure world through peace operations and other stabilization efforts.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie; and the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced that Canada will be deploying up to 20 police officers to Iraq. This announcement is part of Canada’s comprehensive strategy in the Middle East to defeat Daesh and to support stability in the region. The deployments form part of Canada’s contributions to the broader efforts of the Global Coalition Against Daesh.

Canadian police officers will support efforts to help re-establish a local police presence in newly liberated areas, establish greater capabilities, and provide strategic advice to Iraqi police on issues related to gender, diversity and human rights within their communities. For example, Canadian police officers will deliver training courses on community-based policing to enable Iraqi police officers to engage all segments of the communities they serve, including women and children.

There are currently three Canadian police officers deployed to Iraq and a fourth deployment is planned for the coming month. Canadian police officers are being deployed in a gradual, phased and flexible approach until March 2019.

The Government of Canada recognizes the bravery, service, and sacrifice of Canada’s women and men in uniform serving abroad.

“Canadian police officers play a key role in the support we provide to people and regions affected by conflict. Today’s announcement will contribute to the needed stabilization of Iraq and will help establish a more secure environment in Iraqi communities that were affected by Daesh,” said The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“Through its new Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada will continue to uphold human dignity and speak out for the most vulnerable, including women and girls, who are among the most severely affected by the conflict in Iraq. This mission provides Canadian policewomen with a unique opportunity to train and advise Iraqi police officers and contribute positively to creating longer-term stability, security and prosperity,” said The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

“Progress has been made in Iraq with the liberation of Mosul, and Canada remains fully committed to supporting the Iraqi government and its people. Canada’s policing contribution will be targeted at building key capacities of Iraqi security institutions and enhancing local policing skill sets, including in areas such as community policing,” said The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Canadian police are being deployed through the Global Coalition against Daesh, including to the Italian-led Carabinieri police training mission. Canada may also deploy some of the 20 Canadian police officers to Iraq under other international organizations and initiatives.

There are approximately 600,000 Iraqi police officers, of whom 10,000 to 12,000 are women. 

In areas occupied by Daesh, 85% to 100% of police infrastructure was destroyed.

On February 8, 2016, the Government of Canada announced its strategy to address the crises in Iraq and Syria, which includes support for local security forces and for law enforcement capacity building and training. 

The International Police Peacekeeping and Peace Operations program is the mechanism through which up to 150 Canadian police officers are deployed annually to peace-support operations and other stabilization efforts. Police officers from participating police services across Canada apply voluntarily for these deployments. The program is a partnership among Global Affairs Canada, Public Safety Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


Le Canada enverra plus de policiers en Irak

Grâce au programme des Missions internationales des policiers affectés au maintien de la paix, des policiers de partout au Canada contribuent à la mise en place d’un monde plus sûr en participant à des opérations de maintien de la paix et à d’autres initiatives de stabilisation.

La ministre des Affaires étrangères, l’honorable Chrystia Freeland, la ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, l’honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, et le ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile, l’honorable Ralph Goodale, ont déclaré aujourd’hui que le Canada allait envoyer jusqu’à une vingtaine de policiers en Irak. Cette annonce s’inscrit dans la stratégie globale du Canada pour le Moyen-Orient, qui vise à vaincre Daech et à assurer la stabilité dans la région. Ces déploiements font partie de la contribution plus générale du Canada et de sa participation aux opérations de la Coalition internationale contre Daech.

Les policiers canadiens appuieront les initiatives visant à rétablir la présence de la police locale dans les régions nouvellement libérées et contribueront au renforcement de ses capacités. Ils fourniront aussi des conseils stratégiques aux forces policières irakiennes sur les questions liées à la diversité des genres et aux droits de la personne dans leurs communautés. Par exemple, les policiers canadiens donneront de la formation sur les services de police communautaire qui permettra aux policiers irakiens d’établir des rapports avec tous les groupes des communautés qu’ils servent, y compris les femmes et les enfants.

À l’heure actuelle, trois policiers canadiens travaillent en Irak, et un quatrième déploiement est prévu au cours du mois à venir. Les déploiements de policiers canadiens se font graduellement et avec souplesse, et s’échelonneront jusqu’en mars 2019.

Le gouvernement du Canada reconnaît la bravoure et le service des hommes et des femmes militaires qui servent à l’étranger, et souligne les sacrifices qu’ils ont consentis.

« Les policiers canadiens jouent un rôle important dans le cadre du soutien que nous offrons aux personnes et aux régions touchées par les conflits. Les mesures annoncées aujourd’hui serviront à assurer la stabilisation nécessaire en Irak et contribueront à la mise en place d’un environnement plus sûr dans les communautés irakiennes qui ont été la cible de Daech. dit L’honorable Chrystia Freeland, C.P., députée, ministre des Affaires étrangères. »

« Grâce à sa nouvelle Politique d’aide internationale féministe, le Canada continuera de défendre la dignité humaine et de prêter sa voix aux plus vulnérables, notamment les femmes et les filles, qui sont parmi les plus gravement touchées par le conflit en Irak. Cette mission donne aux policières canadiennes une occasion sans pareille de former et de conseiller des policiers irakiens, ainsi que de contribuer de façon positive à la stabilité, à la sécurité et à la prospérité à long terme. dit L’honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, C.P., députée, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie. dit L’honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, C.P., députée, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie. »

« Nous avons réalisé des progrès en Irak grâce à la libération de Mossoul. Le Canada demeure fermement résolu à appuyer la population et le gouvernement irakiens. La contribution des forces policières canadiennes sera axée sur le renforcement des capacités des organismes de sécurité irakiens, ainsi que sur l’amélioration des compétences des forces policières locales, notamment dans des domaines comme celui de la police communautaire. dit L’honorable Ralph Goodale, C.P., député, ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile. »

Les policiers canadiens sont déployés dans le contexte des initiatives de la Coalition internationale contre Daech, y compris la mission de formation policière italienne des Carabinieri. Parmi les 20 policiers qui seront déployés en Irak, certains d’entre eux pourraient également participer à d’autres initiatives internationales et représenter d’autres organismes internationaux.

On compte environ 600 000 policiers irakiens, dont 10 000 à 12 000 sont des femmes.

Dans les zones occupées par Daech, les infrastructures des services de police ont été détruites à 85 % ou même jusqu’à 100 %.

Le 8 février 2016, le gouvernement du Canada a annoncé sa stratégie à l’égard des crises en Irak et en Syrie, qui consiste notamment à appuyer les forces de sécurité locales et à contribuer au renforcement de la capacité d’application de la loi et à la formation en la matière.

Le programme des Missions internationales des policiers affectés au maintien de la paix est le mécanisme par lequel jusqu’à 150 policiers canadiens sont déployés chaque année pour appuyer les opérations de maintien de la paix et les autres initiatives de stabilisation. Les policiers des forces policières participantes du Canada sont déployés volontairement. Le programme est un partenariat entre Affaires mondiales Canada, Sécurité publique Canada et la Gendarmerie royale du Canada.

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New CGAI cyber-security policy update

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In a new policy update written for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Hugh Segal, former Senator, Master of Massey College, CGAI Fellow, and senior advisor at Aird & Berlis LLP, outlines recommendations for Canada and Canadians to stay ahead of a rapidly changing security threat.

Cyber-security presents a number of challenges. But they can be inflated. Canadians currently have a healthy skepticism of the government's ability to deal with the challenges due to a media which overstates some threats (the ubiquitous use of the term "hack" comes to mind), and stories about government IT failures (Phoenix, Shared Services Canada). Democracies are also particularly ill-equipped to deal with this threat due need for transparency in an inherently opaque world. It is also top of mind, since we are almost universally connected.

To respond to these challenges, and to convince the Canadian public that the government is responding, Segal writes that "Canada needs a rational measured approach that combines technical acuity, public education, some regulatory refinement, and a coherent and steady focus on defence, interdiction, prevention and enhanced awareness."

For any policy moving forward, Canada needs five operating principles:

  • Perspective;
  • Capacity;
  • Flexibility;
  • Democratic Oversight; and
  • Collaborative Public Education.

Segal concludes that cyber-security is a whole-of-society problem and therefore can only be solved if everyone, public and private sectors, are included in the solution. And any solution must be multi-faceted and break down any stovepipes which would wall off a very fluid new realm.

View the new policy update here.

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Canadian supply management should be discussed

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As Canadian trade officials prepare to face off against their US counterparts in two weeks, most people in this country say scrapping the current supply management system should be – at minimum – on the negotiating table during the upcoming NAFTA talks.

Indeed, while just one-quarter of Canadians (26%) would opt to scrap the current regulatory framework for Canadian agriculture producers outright, a plurality (45%) are persuaded to see it used as a trading piece, but only as a last resort, if negotiations get tough.

Meantime, a significant segment (29%) indicate they are committed to keeping this structure in place for Canadian farmers, even if it means facing retaliation from the Trump administration.

The latest study from the Angus Reid Institute also indicates these views are subject to a low level of knowledge about the supply management policy – and the lens through which Canadians view the issue.

Only a handful of Canadians (4%) say they know “a lot” about the system, while a full majority say they know “nothing at all about it”.

As consumers, faced with a hypothetical choice between the current price for supply managed goods or a potentially lower, unregulated price, two-thirds say they would opt for the cheaper option.

As citizens, however, respondents are sympathetic to arguments about income and market stability for the nation’s farmers. Indeed – separate from the conversation about supply management’s place in a NAFTA renegotiation, just one-third say they oppose supply management on all currently regulated agricultural products.

Canadians are of three mindsets when it comes to supply management. One-third (34%) support the continued regulation of all currently supply managed products (eggs, poultry, dairy), while one-third (33%) oppose it on the same set of products. Another third (33%) either hold mixed feelings, or are unsure.

When presented with arguments for and against supply management and then offered two prices – one, the current rate, and another, a reduced rate that research suggests would be a result of scrapping the system – two-thirds of Canadians opt for the cheaper price for milk, cheese, eggs, and chicken

Canadians are divided on the issue of quality control in a non-supply managed market: 35 per cent say the quality of dairy, eggs and chicken will suffer, 38 per cent say it won’t be negatively affected

A plurality (44%) say Canadian farms will operate more efficiently were government to scrap supply management; three-in-ten (29%) fear many farmers would leave the industry if regulatory support ended

More Canadians support than oppose the idea of compensating farmers for the lost value of their quotas through a small tax of 5 to 10 per cent on previously supply-managed goods

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ISIS and Climate Change as Leading Security Threats

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Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan organization that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Recently, they conducted a survey about security threats among 41,953 respondents in 38 countries from Feb. 16 to May 8, 2017. People around the globe identify ISIS and climate change as the leading threats to national security.

The survey asked about eight possible threats: ISIS, global climate change, cyberattacks, the condition of the global economy, the large number of refugees leaving Iraq and Syria, and the power and influence of the United States, Russia and China. While the level and focus of concern varies by region and country, ISIS and climate change clearly emerge as the most frequently cited security risks across the 38 countries polled.
 
ISIS is named as the top threat in a total of 18 countries surveyed – including the U.S. and others mostly concentrated in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. A substantial number of these countries have endured deadly terrorist attacks claimed by the Islamic militant group. In 13 countries, mostly in Latin America and Africa, publics identify global climate change as the topmost threat. It is the second-ranked concern in many other countries polled.
 
Cyberattacks from other countries and the condition of the global economy are named as major threats by global medians of 51% each. Cyberattacks are the top concern in Japan and second-highest concern in places such as the U.S., Germany and the UK, where there have been a number of high-profile attacks of this type in recent months.
 
People in Greece and Venezuela view the health of the international economy as the leading threat to their countries, perhaps reflecting these nations’ economic struggles in recent years. Many countries surveyed in the Middle East and Latin America name economic turmoil as their second-greatest concern. The influx of refugees, which was of particular concern in Europe in 2016, is seen as a major threat by a median of 39% across the 38 countries. It is the top threat in only one country, however: Hungary.
 
Globally, a median of about one-third view the power and influence of the U.S., Russia or China as a major threat. America’s influence is a top concern in Turkey. And in South Korea and Vietnam, eight-in-ten or more name China’s power and influence as a major threat. Meanwhile, among the countries surveyed, fears of Russia are most acute in Poland.
 
 More detailed findings are available at www.pewglobal.org.

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Man sentenced for attempted tobacco smuggle

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that a Montréal man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and his trucking company Réno Réal Inc. has been fined $567,645 for attempting to smuggle tobacco into Canada.

The incident occurred on July 4, 2013, at the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border crossing, where Alexandru Artin, truck driver and owner of Réno Réal Inc., attempted to smuggle 2,665 kilograms of loose tobacco into Canada

On June 16, 2017, at the St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu courthouse, Alexandru Artin and Réno Réal Inc. were found guilty of four charges: 

  • Having in his possession a tobacco product that is not stamped (section 32 of the Excise Act, 2001);

  • Illegally making false or deceptive statements by failing to declare tobacco products, in violation of paragraph 153(a) of the Customs Act;

  • Attempting to evade payment of duties on tobacco, in violation of paragraph 153(c) of the Customs Act;

  • Attempting to smuggle into Canada clandestinely any goods subject to duties, or any goods the importation of which is prohibited, controlled or regulated, namely tobacco products, in violation of section 159 of the Customs Act


Un homme de Montréal condamné à 12 mois de prison, son entreprise à une amende de 567 645 $ pour avoir tenté d’importer illégalement du tabac au Canada

L’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’un homme de Montréal a été condamné à une peine de 12 mois de prison et son entreprise de camionnage Réno-Réal Inc. a été condamné à payer une amende de 567 645$ pour avoir tenté d’importer illégalement du tabac en vrac au Canada.

Les faits reprochés se sont produits le 4 juillet 2013, au point d’entrée de St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, alors que Alexandru Artin, camionneur et propriétaire de Réno-Réal Inc, a tenté de faire entrer illégalement 2 665 kilogrammes de tabac en vrac.

Le 16 juin 2017, au palais de justice de St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu, Alexandru Artin et l’entreprise Réno-Réal Inc. ont été reconnu coupable des quatre chefs d’accusations : 

  • Avoir eu en sa possession des produits du tabac non estampillés (article 32 de la Loi de 2001 sur l’accise), 

  • Avoir illégalement donné des indications fausses ou trompeuses en ne de déclarant pas de façon conforme des produits du tabac contrairement à l’alinéa153a) de la Loi sur les douanes.

  • Avoir tenté d’éluder le paiement des droits légalement exigibles sur des produits du tabac contrairement à l’alinéa 153c) de la Loi sur les douanes.

  • Avoir tenté d’introduire en fraude par contrebande ou clandestinement des marchandises passibles de droits ou dont l’importation est prohibée, contrôlée ou règlementée à savoir des produits du tabac contrairement à l’article 159 de la Loi sur les douanes.

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Ministers announce relief measures for evacuees

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Federal ministers Ralph Goodale, Harjit S. Sajjan, and Carla Qualtrough met with British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth and Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development Doug Donaldson to discuss joint efforts to respond to and recover from the ongoing wildfires in the province.

The Government of Canada commends the Government of British Columbia for funding direct financial support to wildfire evacuees through the Canadian Red Cross. The Government of Canada committed to match this support, through a donation to the Canadian Red Cross, in an amount equivalent to the total dollar amount being paid to every registered wildfire evacuee households throughout the evacuation period.

Ministers also announced that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has implemented emergency tax relief measures to support Canadians whose primary concerns during this time are their families, homes, and communities.

Ministers visited the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, a hub of the province’s wildfire response, and toured evacuation centres in Prince George and Kamloops. After flying over affected areas, ministers observed the on-the-ground response, and expressed thanks to the many first responders, military personnel, volunteers and charitable organizations contributing to the operation. They were also briefed by municipal officials and Canadian Red Cross personnel at the Prince George and Kamloops evacuation centres.

“I want to thank Ministers Farnworth and Donaldson for facilitating today’s tour so that my colleagues and I could assess the response first hand from the perspective of those on the front lines. Today’s commitment of funding for the Red Cross demonstrates that the Government of Canada is committed to provide all possible assistance to fight the inferno, keep people safe, make the evacuations as tolerable as possible, and support recovery moving forward, ” said the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

“The Canadian Armed Forces is always ready to support Canadians in times of crisis. They responded swiftly to the Government of British Columbia’s call for assistance, providing professional and capable support. Throughout today’s activities, I was extremely proud to see firsthand how well our military members have been working with first responders in the service of citizens in need,” said the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.

“The Canada Revenue Agency will continue making every effort to support Canadians who are dealing with the devastating effects of these wildfires. Taxpayer relief provisions are available, and the Canada Revenue Agency will continue working closely with its federal partners as part of a united Government of Canada response,” said the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue.

On July 14, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of the Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Federal Recovery Efforts for 2017 BC Wildfires, to coordinate federal efforts to help the many communities affected by the wildfires raging through British Columbia.

CRA’s emergency tax measures are effective immediately and include:

  • Ceasing all collections, audit-related activities and administrative correspondence for those impacted, until further notice.
  • Cancelling penalties/ interest for those impacted and who are delayed in filing their tax return or in paying amounts owing because of these events.
  • Assigning designated telephone agents to provide assistance to callers affected by the wildfires. Agents can request taxpayer relief on their behalf, and can provide advice relating to lost, destroyed, or damaged records.
  • Working with Canada Post to ensure that taxpayers expecting a tax refund or benefit payment have secure access to their mail following the suspension of delivery to impacted areas in British Columbia. Taxpayers can visit Canada Post service alert webpage for more information.

The Government of Canada will also support the Government of British Columbia through the Disaster Financial Assistance Agreements (DFAA) to cover the costs associated with long term recovery and rebuilding in the affected communities.

The Government of Canada is also providing the following support:

  • The Canadian Armed Forces have deployed aircraft and vehicles and approximately 380 troops altogether.
  • Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada has provided beds and blankets from the National Emergency Strategic Stockpile.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada is providing forecasting and analysis of weather patterns.
  • Natural Resources Canada is providing modelling for fire activity and growth, and smoke and emissions.
  • The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre is coordinating firefighting resources, including those recently arrived from Australia.
  • Global Affairs Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are helping out on this front with respect to international offers of assistance.
  • Transport Canada is dealing with rail and air traffic issues to make sure Canadians are clear of danger zones.
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is working with Emergency Management BC and the BC Ministry of Forest’s Wildfire Management Branch to ensure First Nations communities receive the necessary response and recovery services
  • The RCMP has been on the ground assisting citizens as the police force of jurisdiction in many of the affected areas.

Les ministres annoncent des dons de la Croix-Rouge et les mesures d’allègement fiscales pour les personnes évacuées en raison des feux de friches

Les ministres Ralph Goodale, Harjit S. Sajjan et Carla Qualtrough ont rencontré le ministre de la Sécurité publique et solliciteur général de la Colombie-Britannique (C.-B.), Mike Farnworth et le ministre des Forêts, des Terres et de l’Exploitation des ressources naturelles ainsi que du Développement rural, Doug Donaldson, afin de discuter des efforts conjoints pour réagir aux feux de friches toujours actifs et recouvrer de ces feux dans la province.

Le gouvernement du Canada salue le gouvernement de la Colombie-Britannique pour avoir accordé une aide financière directe aux personnes évacuées en raison de feux de forêt grâce à la Croix-Rouge canadienne. Le gouvernement du Canada s’est engagé à égaler cette aide grâce à un don accordé à la Croix-Rouge canadienne par un montant équivalent au montant total en dollars versé à chaque ménage de personnes évacuées en raison des feux de forêt inscrit tout au long de la période d'évacuation.  

Les ministres ont également annoncé que l’Agence du revenu du Canada (ARC) a mis en œuvre des mesures d’allègements fiscaux d’urgence pour soutenir les Canadiens dont les seules préoccupations pendant cette période sont leurs familles, leurs maisons et leurs communautés.

Les ministres ont visité le Centre des opérations d’urgence de la province, le centre d’intervention en cas d’incendie de la province et ils ont visité les centres d’évacuation à Prince George et à Kamloops. Après avoir volé au dessus des zones touchées, les ministres ont observé les interventions sur le terrain en plus d’exprimer leur gratitude aux nombreux premiers intervenants, soldats, bénévoles et organismes de bienfaisance qui contribuent aux opérations. Ils ont également obtenu des renseignements auprès du personnel de la Croix Rouge canadienne aux centres d’évacuation de Prince George et de Kamloops.

« Je souhaite remercier les ministres Farnworth et Donaldson d’avoir facilité notre visite aujourd’hui permettant à mes collègues et à moi d’évaluer personnellement l’intervention du point de vue de ceux qui sont en première ligne. L’engagement de financement d’aujourd’hui pour la Croix-Rouge démontre que le gouvernement du Canada s’est engagé à fournir toute aide possible pour lutter contre l’incendie, assurer la protection des personnes, rendre les évacuations aussi tolérables que possible et soutenir le recouvrement à l’avenir. dit l’honorable Ralph Goodale, ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile. »

« Les Forces armées canadiennes sont toujours prêtes à appuyer les Canadiens en période de crise. Elles ont répondu rapidement à la demande d’aide du gouvernement de la Colombie‑Britannique, en offrant un soutien professionnel et convenable. Tout au long des activités d’aujourd’hui, j’étais extrêmement fier de constater personnellement la mesure dans laquelle nos militaires ont collaboré avec les premiers intervenants afin de répondre aux besoins des citoyens. dit l’honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, ministre de la Défense nationale. »

« L’Agence du revenu du Canada continuera de déployer tous les efforts possibles pour appuyer les Canadiens qui sont touchés par les effets dévastateurs de ces feux de forêt. Des dispositions d’allègement fiscal sont disponibles et l’Agence du revenu du Canada continuera de collaborer étroitement avec ses partenaires fédéraux dans le cadre d’une intervention unie du gouvernement du Canada. dit l’honorable Diane Lebouthillier, ministre du Revenu national. »

Le 14 juillet 2017, le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a annoncé la mise sur pied du Comité spécial du Cabinet chargé des efforts fédéraux de rétablissement après les feux de forêt de 2017 en C. B. afin de coordonner les efforts fédéraux visant à aider les nombreuses collectivités touchées par les feux de forêt sévissant en Colombie Britannique.

Les mesures fiscales d’urgence entrent en vigueur immédiatement et comprennent les mesures suivantes :

  • Cesser toutes les activités de recouvrement, les activités liées à la vérification et la correspondance administrative pour les personnes touchées, jusqu’à avis contraire.
  • Annuler les pénalités et les intérêts pour les personnes touchées et qui ont des retards pour la production de leur déclaration de revenus ou pour payer les montants dus en raison de ces événements.
  • Affecter des agents téléphoniques désignés pour fournir de l’aide aux appelants touchés par les feux de forêt.  Les agents peuvent demander un allègement pour les contribuables en leur nom et ils peuvent fournir des conseils liés aux dossiers, perdus, détruits ou endommagés.
  • Travailler avec Postes Canada pour s’assurer que les contribuables qui attendent un remboursement d’impôt ou un paiement de prestation ont un accès sécuritaire à leur courrier après la suspension de la livraison dans les secteurs touchés de la Colombie-Britannique. Les contribuables peuvent visiter la page Web d’alerte pour obtenir davantage de renseignements.

Le gouvernement du Canada soutiendra également le gouvernement de la Colombie‑Britannique grâce aux Accords d’aide financière en cas de catastrophe (AAFCC) pour payer les coûts associés au rétablissement à long terme et à la reconstruction des collectivités touchées.

Le gouvernement du Canada apporte aussi les soutiens suivants :

  • Les Forces armées canadiennes ont déployé des avions et des véhicules ainsi qu’environ 380 soldats en tout.
  • Santé Canada et l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada ont fourni des lits et des couvertures provenant de la Réserve nationale stratégique d’urgence.
  • Environnement et Changement climatique établit des prévisions et fournit des analyses des tendances météorologiques.
  • Ressources naturelles Canada offre la modélisation de l’activité et de la croissance des feux de forêt ainsi que de la fumée et des émissions.
  • Le Centre interservices des feux de forêt du Canada coordonne les ressources de lutte contre les incendies, y compris celles récemment arrivées de l’Australie.
  • Affaires mondiales Canada, l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada ainsi qu’Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada apportent leur aide dans ce dossier en ce qui concerne les offres d’aide internationale.
  • Transports Canada s’occupe des questions de circulation ferroviaire et aérienne afin de veiller à ce que les Canadiens se trouvent hors des zones dangereuses.
  • Affaires autochtones et du Nord Canada travaille avec Emergency Management BC et la Wildfire Management Branch (Direction générale de la gestion des feux de forêt) du ministère des Forêts pour veiller à ce que les collectivités des Premières Nations reçoivent les services d’intervention et de rétablissement nécessaires.
  • La Gendarmerie royale canadienne est sur le terrain pour aider les citoyens à titre de service de police compétent dans un grand nombre des régions touchées.

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CAF deploying soldiers for Operation Lentus

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The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are sending approximately 225 additional members to British Columbia to assist in the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires. This follows an additional Request for Federal Assistance from the RCMP.

The Edmonton-based soldiers are mainly from the 3rd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force West. Under operational control of the Commander of Joint Task Force Pacific, these members will assist the RCMP in providing information to the public, as well as observation and reporting tasks at assigned points along access roads in affected areas. They will also assist with the ground evacuation of persons in distress and the ground delivery of essential aid to affected areas.

The men and women of the CAF are ready to support and serve alongside our federal, provincial, and municipal partners who are working diligently in service of those citizens in need.

“The addition of soldiers and equipment from CFB Edmonton to conduct activities in support of the RCMP and our provincial partners demonstrates the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of those affected by the wildfires in BC. The Canadian Armed Forces are always ready and proud to assist Canadians in need, ” said Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Joint Task Force Pacific.

"The most important thing 3rd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force West troops can be asked to do is assist Canadians in their time of need. That is exactly what we are doing today as we dispatch these Regular, Reserve and Canadian Rangers members in support of the Government of British Columbia’s evacuation and firefighting efforts," said Brigadier-General Trevor Cadieu, Commander 3rd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force West.

These personnel are joining approximately 150 CAF members who are already in British Columbia assisting the province in its emergency response to the wildfires. This will bring the total CAF contribution to approximately 375 personnel.

Joint Task Force (West) maintains two Immediate Response Units (IRUs). CAF members are from the IRU (West) which is based in Edmonton, Alberta, and is made up of members from the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment and Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Given the changing situation and the Request for Federal Assistance from the RCMP, the deployment of these elements is necessary in accordance with the CAF contingency plan for Operation Lentus.

Elements of the IRU Vanguard Company and a Forward Support Group from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based in Edmonton, Alberta, have deployed, as well as Reservists from 39 Mechanized Brigade Group and a number of Canadian Rangers.

The CAF is also providing the Province of B.C. with more versatile airlift capabilities. The Royal Canadian Air Force has sent an additional CC-130J Hercules aircraft to replace the CC-177 Globemaster III. Coupled with the CH-147 Chinooks and CH-146 Griffons, the CAF are providing flexible airlift solutions to support the firefighting efforts.

CAF assistance in support of the Province of British Colombia’s emergency response is undertaken as part of Operation Lentus, the CAF contingency plan that outlines the joint response to provide support for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response to provincial and territorial authorities in the case of a major natural disaster.


Les Forces armées canadiennes déploient des militaires basés à Edmonton dans le cadre de l’opération Lentus

Les Forces armées canadiennes (FAC) envoient près de 225 militaires en renfort en Colombie-Britannique dans le cadre de l’intervention d’urgence en cours pour combattre les feux de forêt. Cette mesure est mise en œuvre après une nouvelle demande d’aide fédérale de la part de la GRC.

Les militaires basés à Edmonton proviennent principalement de la 3e Division du Canada et de la Force opérationnelle interarmées (Ouest). Sous le contrôle opérationnel du commandant de la Force opérationnelle interarmées (Pacifique), ces militaires aideront la GRC en informant le public et en effectuant des tâches d’observation et de compte rendu aux points désignés le long des voies d’accès dans les zones touchées. Ils aideront également à l’évacuation terrestre des personnes en détresse et à l’acheminement de l’aide essentielle sur le terrain dans les zones touchées.

Les hommes et les femmes des Forces armées canadiennes sont prêts à servir aux côtés de leurs partenaires fédéraux, provinciaux et municipaux qui travaillent sans relâche pour venir en aide aux citoyens dans le besoin.

« L’ajout de militaires et d’équipement de la BFC Edmonton pour exécuter des opérations à l’appui de la GRC et de nos partenaires provinciaux démontre l’engagement du gouvernement fédéral à assurer la sécurité et la protection des personnes touchées par les feux de forêt en Colombie-Britannique. Les Forces armées canadiennes sont toujours prêtes à aider les Canadiens dans le besoin et elles en sont fières. dit le contre-amiral Art McDonald, commandant de la Force opérationnelle interarmées (Pacifique). »

« Pour les troupes de la 3e Division du Canada et de Laforce opérationnelle interarmées (Ouest), il n’y a rien de plus important que de venir en aide aux Canadiens dans le besoin. C’est exactement ce que nous faisons aujourd’hui en envoyant des militaires de la Force régulière, des réservistes et des Rangers canadiens pour aider le gouvernement de la Colombie-Britannique à évacuer les personnes touchées et à combattre les feux de forêt. dit le brigadier-général Trevor Cadieu, commandant de la 3e Division du Canada et de la Force opérationnelle interarmées (Ouest). »

Ces militaires supplémentaires s’ajoutent aux quelque 150 militaires des FAC qui sont déjà en Colombie-Britannique pour aider la province à combattre les feux de forêt. Les FAC ont donc déployé un effectif total de 375 militaires.

La Force opérationnelle interarmées (Ouest) dispose de deux unités d’intervention immédiate (UII). Les militaires appartiennent l’UII (Ouest), basée à Edmonton (Alberta), et composée d’environ 350 militaires du 1er Régiment du génie de combat et du Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. En raison du changement de situation et de la demande d’aide fédérale de la GRC, le déploiement de ces éléments est nécessaire, conformément au plan d’urgence des FAC dans le cadre de l’opération Lentus.

Un groupement de soutien avancé du 1er Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada basé à Edmonton (Alberta) a été déployé, en plus de réservistes du 39e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada et plusieurs Rangers canadiens.

Les FAC fournissent également des capacités de transport aérien plus polyvalentes à la Colombie-Britannique. Elles ont envoyé un autre aéronef CC-130J Hercules en remplacement du CC-177 Globemaster III. Jumelé aux CH-147 Chinook et CH-146 Griffon, les FAC offrent une solution de transport aérien flexible à l’appui des opérations visant à combattre les feux de forêt.

Le soutien accordé par les FAC à la Colombie-Britannique lors de l’intervention d’urgence s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’opération Lentus, le plan d’urgence des FAC qui décrit l’intervention conjointe requise pour appuyer les opérations d’aide humanitaire et d’intervention en cas de catastrophe menées par les autorités provinciales et territoriales dans l’éventualité d’une importante catastrophe naturelle.

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Nominations for Airbus Innovation in Safety Award

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As in previous years, the winner(s) of the Innovation in Safety Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals.  The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual conference, November 9th – 11th in Ottawa, ON.  The award recipient(s) will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD in addition to recognition from the industry.

“Airbus Helicopters is proud to demonstrate our commitment to supporting and fostering a culture of aviation safety,” said Romain Trapp, President, Airbus Helicopters Canada. “With this award, Airbus Helicopters honours individuals and/or organizations across Canada who are carrying out their commitment to safety, with the introduction of processes and procedures that are both proactive and preventative.”

The Innovation in Safety Award was established as a point of reference to measure the advancements and accomplishments of organizations and individuals working to uphold Canadian helicopter safe flying practices, while employing an exceptional or ground-breaking approach.  This award is a testimony to the high degree of professionalism and innovation found in today’s Canadian rotor wing operations.

The ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ will be presented to the nominee whose exceptional or ground breaking approach has demonstrated an impact on the overall goal of safe flying  procedures, as recognized through the analysis of skill development, training and any additional resources, while sustaining helicopter safe flying practices.

To be eligible, nominees must:

  • Be a Canadian-owned organization, group, company, agency or individual resident of Canada.
  • Have a lifelong career in helicopter flying and training, minimum 25 to 30 years, without any accidents. Professionalism and safe flying experience demonstrates a remarkable example for future helicopter pilots.
  • Demonstrate a commitment and exceptional dedication to Canadian rotor wing operational safety over an extended period of time (three years or longer).
  • Have successfully completed a program or research project that has had a significant impact on safety in the Canadian rotor wing industry.
  • Show an outstanding act, effort, contribution or service to safety in the Canadian rotor wing industry.

The 2017 ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ application is located on the Airbus Helicopters Canada website at: https://www.airbushelicopters.ca/innovation-in-safety-award-2017/

Deadline for submission is October 6, 2017.

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Firearms seized at ports of entry in NW Ontario

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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at the Pigeon River and Rainy River ports of entry (POE) seized three undeclared firearms on Canada Day.

On July 1, 2017, at the Pigeon River POE a New Mexico resident was referred for a secondary examination by the CBSA. During the examination, officers found the frame of firearm concealed within the traveller’s bag. Upon further examination, officers also discovered a holster in the front console cup holder. At that point, the traveller admitted to disassembling the firearm and concealing the remainder of the parts throughout his luggage, including two loaded eight round magazines.

On July 1, 2017, at the Rainy River POE, the CBSA referred two Texas residents for a secondary examination. During the examination, officers immediately found a loaded firearm in its holster underneath the centre armrest. One traveller then admitted to having another firearm in the vehicle. The second firearm was found in a bag in the front seat.

The firearms and magazines were seized and the travellers were arrested.

“These seizures are an important reminder for travellers to leave firearms at home when visiting Canada. If you bring firearms with you, be sure to declare them upon entry to Canada. I am proud of how diligently our officers work to fulfill the important role they play in keeping our communities safe,” said Tuula Schuler, CBSA Northwestern Ontario District Director.

Anyone importing firearms and weapons into Canada must declare them and meet all licensing and registration requirements under the Firearms Act.

Failure to declare goods, including firearms and weapons, and other Customs Act contraventions may lead to prosecution in a court of law.


Trois armes à feu sont saisies dans des points d’entrée du Nord‑Ouest de l’Ontario

Les agents de l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) aux points d’entrée de Pigeon River et de Rainy River ont saisi trois armes à feu le jour de la fête du Canada.

Le 1er juillet 2017, au point d’entrée de Pigeon River, un résident du Nouveau‑Mexique a été renvoyé à un examen secondaire par l’agent de l’ASFC. Pendant l’examen, les agents ont trouvé la carcasse d’une arme cachée dans le sac du voyageur. Après un examen plus poussé, les agents ont également découvert un étui dans le porte-gobelet de la console avant. À ce moment-là, le voyageur a admis avoir démonté l’arme à feu et caché les autres pièces dans ses valises, y compris deux chargeurs de huit cartouches chargés.

Le 1er juillet 2017, au point d’entrée de Rainy River, l’agent de l’ASFC a renvoyé deux résidents du Texas à un examen secondaire. Pendant l’examen, les agents ont immédiatement trouvé une arme à feu chargée, dans son étui, sous l’accoudoir central. L’un des voyageurs a ensuite admis avoir une autre arme à feu dans le véhicule. La deuxième arme à feu a été trouvée dans un sac sur le siège avant.

Toutes les armes à feu et les chargeurs ont été saisis, et dans les deux cas, les voyageurs ont été arrêtés.

« Ces saisies sont un rappel important pour les voyageurs de laisser leurs armes à feu chez eux lorsqu’ils visitent le Canada. Les voyageurs qui apportent une arme à feu avec eux doivent la déclarer à leur entrée au Canada. Je suis fière de la diligence dont nos agents font preuve afin de s’acquitter du rôle important qu’ils jouent pour assurer la sécurité de nos collectivités, » a dit Tuula Schuler, directrice du district du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario de l’ASFC.

Quiconque importe des armes à feu et des armes au Canada est tenu de les déclarer et de respecter les exigences en matière de permis et d’enregistrement de la Loi sur les armes à feu.

Le défaut de déclarer des marchandises, y compris des armes à feu et d’autres genres d’armes, et d’autres infractions à la Loi sur les douanes peuvent entraîner des poursuites judiciaires.

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TSB investigates risks of night flying

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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (A15O0188) into a fatal collision with terrain involving a privately operated Cessna 182 near Parry Sound, Ontario. This investigation emphasizes the risks of flying at night in areas with limited cultural and ambient lighting, as well as without adequate instrument flying proficiency.

On 9 November 2015, a privately operated Cessna 182 with one pilot and one passenger aboard, departed from the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport, Ontario, for a night visual flight rules (VFR) flight to Tillsonburg, Ontario. Once airborne, the aircraft immediately started a right climbing turn, which then became a descending turn before colliding with terrain. The two occupants were fatally injured and a post-impact fire destroyed the aircraft.

The investigation determined that it is likely that the pilot did not adequately assess the hazards associated with a night VFR departure from an airport with limited cultural and ambient lighting. In heavily populated areas, it may be easy for pilots to maintain visual reference to the surface using cultural lighting, such as street and building lights. However, flights are often conducted in remote locations of Canada, where there may be little to no cultural lighting available to help pilots maintain visual reference to the surface. The pilot, who was likely not proficient at flying with reference to instruments, may have become disoriented after losing visual reference to the ground and lost control of the aircraft.

The report highlights several risk factors related to VFR night flying. If current regulations do not clearly define what is meant by visual reference to the surface, night flights may be conducted with inadequate visual references, increasing the risk of accidents. The Board previously made a recommendation (A16-08) calling for Transport Canada (TC) to amend the regulations to clearly define the visual references required for night VFR flying. TC has responded that it will conduct safety promotion/education activities, which will be followed in 2017 by a regulatory amendment project. The Board has assessed TC's response to this recommendation as Satisfactory Intent.

See the investigation page for more information.


Une collision mortelle avec le relief survenue en novembre 2015 près de Parry Sound (Ontario) fait ressortir les risques liés aux vols de nuit en région peu éclairée

Le Bureau de la sécurité des transports du Canada (BST) a publié aujourd'hui son rapport d'enquête (A15O0188) sur la collision mortelle avec le relief d'un Cessna 182 privé qui est survenue près de Parry Sound (Ontario). L'enquête a mis en évidence les risques liés aux vols de nuit effectués dans des régions peu éclairées par des sources d'éclairage artificiel ou de la lumière ambiante, ainsi que les risques liés aux vols effectués sans les compétences suffisantes en matière de vol aux instruments.

Le 9 novembre 2015, un Cessna 182 privé avec un pilote et un passager à son bord a décollé de l'aéroport municipal de Parry Sound (Ontario) pour effectuer un vol de nuit selon les règles de vol à vue (VFR) à destination de Tillsonburg (Ontario). Immédiatement après le décollage, l'aéronef a amorcé un virage vers la droite en montée avant d'effectuer un virage en descente et de percuter le relief. Les deux occupants ont été mortellement blessés, et un incendie qui s'est déclaré après la collision a détruit l'aéronef.

L'enquête a permis de déterminer que le pilote avait probablement mal évalué les risques que pose un départ selon les règles de vol à vue la nuit à partir d'un aérodrome où il y avait peu d'éclairage artificiel et de lumière ambiante. Dans les régions densément peuplées, il peut être plus facile pour les pilotes de maintenir des repères visuels à la surface grâce à l'éclairage artificiel, par exemple l'éclairage de rues et de bâtiments. Toutefois, il y a souvent des vols dans les régions éloignées du Canada où il n'y a que peu ou pas d'éclairage artificiel pour aider les pilotes à maintenir des repères visuels à la surface. Le pilote, qui n'avait probablement pas les compétences requises pour voler aux instruments, peut avoir été désorienté après avoir perdu les repères visuels à la surface et la maîtrise de l'aéronef.

Le rapport souligne plusieurs facteurs de risque liés aux vols de nuit selon les règles de vol à vue. Si la réglementation en vigueur ne définit pas clairement les « repères visuels à la surface », il peut arriver que des vols de nuit soient effectués avec des repères visuels inappropriés, ce qui augmente les risques d'accident. Le Bureau a déjà fait une recommandation (A16-08) qui demande à Transports Canada (TC) de modifier la réglementation de manière à définir clairement les repères visuels requis pour les vols de nuit selon les règles de vol à vue. TC a répondu qu'il mènerait des activités de sensibilisation et d'éducation en matière de sécurité qui seront suivies, en 2017, d'un projet de modification de la réglementation. Le Bureau a estimé que la réponse de TC dénotait une intention satisfaisante.

Voir la page d'enquête pour plus d'information.

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NATO exercise aimed at countering CBRN

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The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring Canada remains strong at home, secure in North America, and engaged in the world. To achieve this the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces must meaningfully contribute on the international stage; including through the exchange of lessons learned and best practices, and enhancing interoperability with allies and partners, through exercises and joint operations.
 
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an Agency of DND, hosts until July 28 Exercise Precise Response (EX PR17) at Canadian Forces Base Suffield. The 14th annual NATO exercise is part of ongoing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence training and will be the largest ever.
 
EX PR17 will bring together nearly 420 CBRN specialists representing 11 NATO Allies and partners nations (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and Austria) to test their skills and improve interoperability in a real-time environment. Training during this exercise provides specialists with knowledge and expertise they need to respond to real life CBRN threats quickly and effectively.
 
In today’s uncertain security environment, dealing with CBRN events, responding to a crisis alongside NATO Allies and partners, or deploying to the site of a suspected terrorist attack are some of the potential situations that specialists must be ready to face. EX PR17 provides participants with the capabilities and skills they will need to succeed.

Twenty five Canadian soldiers from the 2nd Canadian Division will plan and execute the Canadian Army contribution to the exercise by providing various Command and Control capacities and forming one decontamination element.
 
Through EX PR17, Canada continues to uphold commitments made at the 2002 NATO Summit in Prague, providing our partners a safe and secure site for CBRN training. The Exercise reinforces the vision outlined in Strong, Secure Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, of a globally engaged Canada that can to anticipate emerging threats and challenges and assist other government departments and law enforcement agencies in support of Canada’s national security and the security of Canadians abroad.
 
This year marks the 14th edition of this exercise. Since its inception, EX PR has hosted approximately 3,500 CBRN specialists from allied and partner countries. Building on the experience gained through prior exercises, participants will face biological, chemical, and radiological emergency situation using live agents in a controlled environment.
 
This year’s Canadian Army team is composed of 25 members from 2nd Canadian Division’s 5 Service Battalion and one officer from 12e Régiment Blindé du Canada.

DRDC is an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND). It provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and other government departments, as well as public safety and national security communities, with the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.
 
DRDC Suffield Research Centre is co-located with Canadian Forces Base Suffield, near Ralston, Alberta, approximately 50 km west of Medicine Hat. The base was established in 1941 as a joint Canada/UK experimental station for chemical and biological research. In addition to DRDC, the base is home to members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as to members of the British Army Training Unit Suffield, also known as BATUS.


Le Canada est l’hôte de l’exercice de l’OTAN axé sur la défense contre des agents chimiques, biologiques et radiologiques

Le gouvernement du Canada s’est engagé à faire en sorte que le Canada conserve sa protection au pays, sa sécurité en Amérique du Nord et son engagement dans le monde. Pour y parvenir, le ministère de la Défense nationale (MDN) et les Forces armées canadiennes doivent s’investir sur la scène internationale, notamment en partageant des connaissances et des pratiques exemplaires ainsi qu’en augmentant leur interopérabilité avec les alliés et partenaires grâce des exercices et des opérations interarmées.
 
Recherche et développement pour la défense Canada (RDDC), une agence relevant du MDN, sera l’hôte de l’exercice Precise Response (Ex PR 2017) qui aura lieu jusqu’au 28 juillet à la Base des Forces canadiennes Suffield. Ce 14e exercice annuel de l’OTAN, qui connaîtra cette année sa plus grande envergure, s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une formation continue en défense chimique, biologique, radiologique et nucléaire (CBRN).
 
L’Ex PR 2017 rassemblera près de 420 spécialistes CBRN. Ces spécialistes représenteront onze pays alliés et partenaires de l’OTAN (la Belgique, le Canada, le Danemark, la France, l’Allemagne, l’Italie, les Pays-Bas, la Norvège, le Royaume-Uni, les États-Unis et l’Autriche) qui pourront mettre leurs compétences à l’épreuve et améliorer leur interopérabilité dans un environnement en temps réel. La formation offerte durant cet exercice permettra de fournir à ces spécialistes les connaissances et l’expertise nécessaires pour répondre rapidement et efficacement aux menaces CBRN réelles.
 
Compte tenu de l’incertitude entourant l’environnement de sécurité actuel, les spécialistes doivent être prêts à faire face à des incidents CBRN, à réagir à des situations de crise en collaborant avec des alliés et des partenaires de l’OTAN et à se rendre sur des sites d’attaques terroristes présumées. L’Ex PR 2017 fournira aux participants les capacités et les compétences nécessaires pour réussir de telles situations.

Vingt-cinq soldats canadiens de la 2e Division du Canada participeront à la planification et à l’exécution de l’exercice de l’Armée canadienne en offrant diverses capacités de commandement et de contrôle ainsi qu’en formant un élément de décontamination.
 
Grâce à l’Ex PR 2017, le Canada réaffirme les engagements qu’il a pris lors du Sommet 2002 de l’OTAN à Prague en fournissant à ses alliés un site sécuritaire pour l’entraînement à la défense CBRN. Cet exercice réitère la vision présentée dans la nouvelle politique de défense du Canada, Protection, Sécurité, Engagement, voulant que le Canada s’implique mondialement afin d’anticiper les menaces et les défis émergents en plus d’aider les autres ministères gouvernementaux ainsi que les forces de l’ordre à maintenir la sécurité nationale du Canada et celle de la population canadienne ailleurs dans le monde.
 
Cette année marque la 14e édition de cet exercice. Depuis sa création, l’Ex PR a accueilli environ 3 500 spécialistes CBRN de pays alliés et partenaires. En s'appuyant sur l’expérience acquise lors d’exercices précédents, les participants gèreront des situations d’urgence biologique, chimique et radiologique à l’aide d’agents toxiques réels dans un environnement contrôlé.
 
Cette année, l’équipe de l’Armée canadienne est composée de 25 membres du 5e Bataillon des services de la 2e Division du Canada et d’un officier du 12e Régiment blindé du Canada.
 
RDDC est une agence du ministère de la Défense nationale (MDN) du Canada. Elle fournit au MDN, aux Forces armées canadiennes, aux autres ministères et organismes fédéraux ainsi qu’aux collectivités de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité nationale les connaissances et les avantages technologiques nécessaires pour défendre les intérêts du Canada au pays et à l’étranger.
 
Le Centre de recherche de Suffield de RDDC est situé sur la Base des Forces canadiennes Suffield, à Suffield (Alberta), à environ 50 km à l’ouest de Medicine Hat. La base a été établie en 1941 en tant que station d’expérimentation interarmées du Canada et du Royaume-Uni pour la recherche sur des agents chimiques et biologiques. En plus de RDDC, la Base accueille des membres des Forces armées canadiennes ainsi que des membres de l’Unité d’entraînement de l’Armée britannique Suffield, aussi appelée BATUS.

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CAF emergency response to wildfires in BC

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The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have sent air assets, liaison and personnel to support the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires in British Columbia.
 
The Province of British Columbia requested Government of Canada assistance in the form of CAF air assets to conduct a variety of tasks, including assisting with the evacuation of the local population affected by the wildfires and assisting the ground operations by providing airlift capacities for first responders and equipment.

The CAF stand ready to provide highly-trained personnel and unique resources tailored to help Canadians during periods of uncertainty and distress following natural disasters.

"Skilled and dedicated Canadian Armed Forces personnel always stand ready to help fellow Canadians in need. Partners across the Government of Canada, including the Canadian Armed Forces, will continue to provide support to the Province of British Columbia as they fight these wildfires and will continue to do so as long as the need exists,"‎ said Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister.

The CAF has deployed a CC-177 Globemaster III, a CC-130J Hercules, two CH-147F Chinook, and three Ch-146 Griffon to British Columbia to support the wildfires operations.

CAF personnel will not conduct law enforcement or security tasks during their deployment.

Public Safety Canada is responsible for coordinating the Government of Canada emergency response. Canadian Armed Forces personnel are in continuous liaison with Public Safety, other federal partners, and the Province of British Columbia to ensure a synchronized response to situation.
 
CAF assistance in support of the Province of British Columbia’s emergency response is undertaken as part of Operation Lentus, the CAF contingency plan that outlines the joint response to provide support for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response to provincial and territorial authorities in the case of a major natural disaster.


Feux de forêt en Colombie-Britannique : les Forces armées canadiennes prennent part à l’intervention d’urgence
 
Les Forces armées canadiennes (FAC) ont envoyé des ressources aériennes, des agents de liaison et du personnel pour appuyer l’intervention d’urgence en cours en Colombie‑Britannique en raison des feux de forêt.
 
La province de la Colombie-Britannique a sollicité l’aide du gouvernement fédéral, et plus précisément le déploiement de ressources aériennes des FAC, pour accomplir diverses tâches, notamment contribuer à l’évacuation de la population locale touchée par les incendies et appuyer les opérations sur le terrain en assurant le transport aérien des premiers répondants et de l’équipement.

Les FAC sont prêtes à fournir des équipes hautement qualifiées ainsi que des ressources uniques et appropriées pour aider les Canadiens aux prises avec l’incertitude et la détresse engendrées par les catastrophes naturelles.

« Le personnel compétent et dévoué des Forces armées canadiennes est toujours prêt à aider les Canadiens dans le besoin. Les partenaires du gouvernement du Canada, parmi lesquels les Forces armées canadiennes, continueront à appuyer la province de la Colombie-Britannique dans sa lutte contre les feux de forêt tant et aussi longtemps que cet appui sera nécessaire, »  a dit Harjit S. Sajjan, ministre de la Défense.

Les FAC ont déployé un CC-177 Globemaster III, un CC-130J Hercules, deux CH-147F Chinook et trois CH-146 Griffon en Colombie-Britannique pour appuyer les opérations de lutte contre les feux de forêt.
 
Les membres des FAC n’effectueront aucune tâche liée à l’application de la loi ou à la sécurité durant ce déploiement.
 
Il incombe à Sécurité publique Canada de coordonner l’intervention fédérale d’urgence. Le personnel des FAC est en constante communication avec Sécurité publique Canada, les autres partenaires fédéraux et la province de la Colombie-Britannique afin d’assurer une intervention coordonnée.
 
La contribution des FAC à l’intervention d’urgence de la province de la Colombie‑Britannique fait partie de l’opération Lentus, le plan d’urgence des FAC qui décrit l’intervention interarmées visant à fournir de l’aide humanitaire et des secours aux sinistrés lors de catastrophes naturelles dépassant les capacités d’intervention des autorités provinciales et territoriales.

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The Government of Canada has repealed the coming into force of the private right of action for violations of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). The Government has listened to concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector about the implementation of CASL, which would have permitted individuals to sue for violations of the law.

Importantly, the Government has acknowledged that "businesses, charities and non-profit groups should not have to bear the burden of unnecessary red tape and costs to comply with the legislation" and has asked a Parliamentary Committee to review the legislation.


News Release from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

(June 7, 2017)

The Government of Canada is suspending the implementation of certain provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) in response to broad-based concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector. 

The provisions, known as private right of action, would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for alleged violations of the legislation. 

The provisions were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, but have now been suspended

Canadians deserve an effective law that protects them from spam and other electronic threats that lead to harassment, identity theft and fraud. At the same time, Canadian businesses, charities and non-profit groups should not have to bear the burden of unnecessary red tape and costs to comply with the legislation. 

The Government supports a balanced approach that protects the interests of consumers while eliminating any unintended consequences for organizations that have legitimate reasons for communicating electronically with Canadians. 

For that reason, the Government will ask a parliamentary committee to review the legislation, in keeping with the existing provisions of CASL.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said “Canadians deserve to be protected from spam and other electronic threats so that they can have confidence in digital technology. At the same time, businesses, charities and other non-profit groups should have reasonable ways to communicate electronically with Canadians. We have listened to the concerns of stakeholders and are committed to striking the right balance.”

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s anti-spam legislation came into effect on July 1, 2014. The law generally prohibits individuals and businesses from sending commercial email to Canadians without their consent.
  • Three federal agencies that work at arm’s length from the Government share responsibility for enforcing the legislation: the Competition Bureau, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
  • Penalties for the most serious violations of the legislation can range from a maximum of $1 million for individuals and $10 million for businesses.
  • As part of an international law-enforcement effort in December 2015, the CRTC served its first warrant under the legislation to take down spam software on a computer server based in Canada.

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Today, Democracy Watch announced its court case challenging decisions by federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson made in a letter dated March 29th sent to Democracy Watch, including her refusal to recuse herself from investigating and ruling on complaints about Prime Minister Trudeau’s actions because of her conflict of interest created when Trudeau Cabinet gave her a $100,000, six-month contract in mid-December, a contract that has just been renewed for another six months (see page 1 of her letter). David Yazbeck of RavenLaw in Ottawa is providing pro bono counsel to Democracy Watch for the case.

The case, filed in the Federal Court of Appeal, is also based on the claim that the Ethics Commissioner’s current second six-month interim appointment is illegal. The appointment was made under the Parliament of Canada Act subsection 82(2) which says that a person can only be appointed for a term of no longer than six months.

The case also challenges the Ethics Commissioner’s specific bias against Democracy Watch, as Commissioner Dawson has failed or refused to investigate and rule on five complaints filed by Democracy Watch. In contrast, the Ethics Commissioner has ruled on complaints filed by MPs and other people, and in much shorter time periods.

Democracy Watch won a case in 2004 against then-Ethics Counsellor Howard Wilson in part because of his similar pattern of delay and refusal to rule on its complaints. As with Ethics Commissioner Dawson, Democracy Watch was Ethics Counsellor Wilson’s most vocal critic, and challenged several of his rulings in public and in court.

Since 2010, Democracy Watch has repeatedly called on MPs to fire Ethics Commissioner Dawson because of her weak enforcement record. Democracy Watch also challenged one of the Ethics Commissioner’s ruling in court in 2009, and has an ongoing court case challenging the Ethics Commissioner’s use of conflict of interest “smokescreens” that cover up the fact that Cabinet ministers and senior government officials take part in decisions even when they have a clear conflict of interest.

“As it has before, Democracy Watch is again going to court to try to stop Ethics Commissioner Dawson’s ongoing unethical reign of error,” said Duff Conacher, Co-founder of Democracy Watch. “The court case directly challenges the Ethics Commissioner’s conflict of interest caused by the fact that while she was investigating Prime Minister Trudeau she was given a second six-month contract by the Trudeau Cabinet, a contract that the Cabinet was prohibited from giving her. We hope the court will agree that the Ethics Commissioner’s bias and illegal second-term contract prohibited her from ruling on complaints about the actions of Prime Minister Trudeau and his Cabinet ministers and MPs.”

“Prime Minister Trudeau finally acknowledged in May that the Ethics Commissioner investigating him causes a conflict of interest that prohibits him from taking part in decisions about the Ethics Commissioner position but the Ethics Commissioner continues to refuse to acknowledge that the situation also causes a conflict of interest for her,” said Conacher.

In the past week, more than 10,000 Canadians have signed Democracy Watch’s Stop Political Lapdog Appointments petition on Change.org which calls on the federal Liberal government to make the Cabinet appointment process actually independent and merit-based (as Britain has) for Cabinet appointments of all judges, officers of parliament, and members of agencies, boards, commissions and tribunals. The petition was launched as part of Democracy Watch’s ongoing Stop Bad Government Appointments Campaign.

The five Democracy Watch complaints Commissioner Dawson has failed or refused to investigate and rule on are:

  1. Democracy Watch’s December 10, 2013 complaint about Prime Minister Harper staff Patrick Rogers, Chris Woodcock and Benjamin Perrin who all assisted Nigel Wright as he violated the Conflict of Interest Act by paying off Senator Mike Duffy;
  2. Democracy Watch’s December 6, 2016 complaint about Trudeau Cabinet fundraising events that involved lobbyists (the complaint raised legal issues not raised by the complaints filed in early December by then-Conservative MP Rona Ambrose and NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice which the Commissioner responded to much earlier in mid-February (See page 3 of the Commissioner’s March 29th letter);
  3. Democracy Watch’s December 14, 2016 complaint that the Trudeau Cabinet is in a conflict of interest when making appointment decisions about the Ethics Commissioner and Lobbying Commissioner at the same time both commissioner offices were investigating complaints that the Prime Minister and/or ministers violated the Conflict of Interest Act or had a relationship with a lobbyist that violates the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct. Despite the Ethics Commissioner mischaracterizing Democracy Watch’s complaint in order to dismiss it (see page 2 of her letter), Trudeau finally recused himself in mid-May from all matters relating to the appointment of the next Ethics Commissioner.
  4. Democracy Watch’s December 16, 2016 complaint complaint about a new and different situation that had not been considered by the Ethics Commissioner before – Prime Minister Trudeau giving preferential treatment to the companies and/or organizations or other individuals represented by several Liberal Party donors when he invited those donors to a gala dinner in honour of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on September, as reported in the Globe and Mail (See page 3 of the Commissioner’s March 29th letter).
  5. Democracy Watch’s January 31, 2017 complaint about the Aga Khan’s trip gifts to then-MP Trudeau in 2014, and to Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan in December 2016, and lobbyist Murray Edwards’ trip gift to then-Conservative Interim Party Leader Rona Ambrose in December 2016 (See page 2 of the Commissioner’s March 29th letter – the Commissioner is investigating a complaint filed by Conservative MP Blaine Calkin and a complaint filed by Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer about the Aga Khan’s December 2016 trip gift to Trudeau).

The Liberals haven’t changed the federal Cabinet appointment process at all from what the Conservatives used (other than adding the goal of diversity). In the answer to the third question in the “Frequently Asked Questions” document describing the Liberals’ Cabinet appointment process (which was updated on April 28th), it says Cabinet ministers “manage” all appointment processes.

That means Cabinet appointments are still partisan, political processes, not merit-based as the Liberals claim (as the recent appointment of former Ontario Liberal Cabinet minister Madeleine Meilleur as the federal Languages Commissioner has revealed so clearly) and the government’s website listing openings and qualifications for Cabinet appointments that the Liberals claim makes the appointment process more open and transparent has existed for several years.

Two weeks ago, Democracy Watch called on the federal Liberals to suspend the appointment of the next Ethics Commissioner and Commissioner of Lobbying, and all other judicial and watchdog appointments, until they make the appointment process actually independent and merit-based.

In addition to their false claims about changing the Cabinet appointment process, the Trudeau Liberals have made false claims about the appointment processes for several officers of parliament. According to the June 9th Canadian Press article, an unnamed senior government source claims that “specific qualifications for each watchdog are spelled out in legislation.” In fact, statutory qualifications are set out only in the Parliament of Canada Act and only for the Ethics Commissioner. There are no statutory requirements for the Lobbying Commissioner or Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) -- the three other officers whose positions are open – nor for the Information Commissioner (whose position is open soon).

As well, the Liberals have made the very questionable claim that they can’t find anyone qualified to be the CEO, Lobbying Commissioner or Ethics Commissioner. To give one of likely many examples of qualified applicants, Duff Conacher, Co-founder of Democracy Watch, applied for, and is fully qualified for, the Lobbying Commissioner position (and was short listed for that position in 2007 by the Conservatives’ candidate search process).

“The Liberals’ false claims smell very fishy and are clearly an attempt to cover up the fact that they haven’t changed the appointment process for government and law enforcement watchdogs, and that it’s still political and partisan, not merit-based, as Trudeau Cabinet ministers can still choose whomever they want,” said Duff Conacher, Co-founder of Democracy Watch. “The Liberals’ Cabinet appointment system is essentially the same as the Harper Conservatives used, and it allows Trudeau Cabinet ministers to choose their own Liberal Party cronies as government and law enforcement lapdogs.”

“The Trudeau Cabinet is in a conflict of interest when choosing any government or law enforcement watchdog because those watchdogs enforce laws that apply to Cabinet ministers or their departments,” said Conacher. “The only way to stop this dangerously undemocratic and unethical appointment process for judges and watchdogs, a fully independent public appointment commission must be created, as Ontario and Britain have, to conduct public, merit-based searches for nominees and send a short list to Cabinet, with Cabinet required to choose from the list.”

Democracy Watch’s Stop Bad Government Appointments Campaign proposes that the way to ensure the appointment of fully independent, merit-based judges and watchdogs is to have a fully independent commission whose members are approved by all federal party leaders (and entities such as the Canadian Judicial Council) do a public, non-partisan merit-based search for candidates, and to require the Trudeau Cabinet to choose from a short-list of one to three candidates that the commission nominates.

Ontario uses this kind of independent appointment system to appoint provincial judges (the advisory committee provides a shortlist of three candidates to the Cabinet). Britain uses it to appoint judges and judicial tribunal members (like the Ethics Commissioner and Lobbying Commissioner are) – its advisory committee provides only one candidate to the Cabinet, and the Cabinet has to accept the candidate or reject the candidate and provide written reasons. Both of their systems are considered to be world leading.

Democracy Watch also called on the Liberals, and all governments, to change the law to ensure all Cabinet appointees who watch over the government or oversee key democracy laws and processes (especially every Officer of Parliament) be only allowed to serve one term.

The new appointment process, and prohibition on being reappointed, should apply to the judicial advisory committees and appointments of all 1,123 federal and provincial superior court judicial appointments listed here, and to the new public appointments commission that must be established to ensure a merit-based selection process for a short list of candidates for appointment to the 32 federal administrative tribunals and 108 agencies/boards listed here.

“Like judges, all government and democracy watchdogs must only serve one term, with no possibility that the government can reappoint them, to ensure watchdogs don’t try to please the government in order to keep their job,” said Conacher. “To safeguard our democracy the ruling party must not be allowed to reappoint any government watchdog.”

The past 10 years cannot be repeated if Canada wants to claim it is a democracy, as the federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson’s very weak enforcement record and Commissioner of Lobbying Karen Shepherd’s very weak enforcement record have done as much to undermine democracy in Canada as the dishonest, unethical and secretive actions of various politicians (See Part 1 of the Backgrounder below for details).

Democracy Watch and the nation-wide Government Ethics Coalition continue to call for key changes to strengthen federal political ethics and lobbying rules and the enforcement systems (See Part 2 of the Backgrounder below for details).

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Backgrounder

1. Federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson’s weak enforcement record

Federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has had a very weak enforcement record since 2007, including (as of June 2015) making 149 secret rulings, issuing only 25 public rulings, and letting 75 (94%) of people who clearly violated ethics rules off the hook.

Ethics Commissioner Dawson has greatly undermined various sections of the Conflict of Interest Act (COIA) in past rulings by creating loopholes in the COIA that do not exist – such as:

  1. her April 29, 2010 “Cheques Report” ruling claiming that political parties are not “persons” under the COIA and therefore it was fine for Conservative MPs and Cabinet ministers to hand out government cheques with the Conservative Party logo on them;
  2. her May 13, 2010 “Raitt Report” ruling that it was fine for two lobbyists who were lobbying Minister Lisa Raitt to help raise thousands of dollars for her riding association because, you claimed, that only helped the association not her;
  3. her December 2016 ruling that it was fine for Health Minister Jane Philpott to use the driving service company of one of her former campaign volunteers because it was the only such company Minister Philpott claimed she knew about (a ruling that creates a loophole allowing any Minister or other senior government officlal to use the same invalid excuse Minister Philpott used to give contracts to their friends or other party loyalists).
  4. her baseless decision that the COIA only applies to financial interests despite the fact that the COIA’s section 2 definition of “private interest” does not in any way even suggest that the definition of “private interest” is restricted to only financial interests, and;
  5. her baseless decision that the COIA only applies to close personal friends (there is no such definition of “friends” in the COIA).

Because of section 66 added to the then-new Conflict of Interest Act by the Conservatives in 2006, the Ethics Commissioner’s rulings cannot be challenged in court if she has factual or legal errors in her rulings. If this section had not been added to the Act, Democracy Watch would have challenged several of Commissioner Dawson’s rulings since 2007 in court.

Democracy Watch is currently challenging Ethics Commissioner Dawson’s use of conflict-of-interest screens in court on the basis that the screens are unlawful.

2. Federal ethics law and codes missing key rules and accountability measures

The Conservatives broke a 2006 election promise (one of their many broken accountability promises) to include key ethics rules in the new Conflict of Interest Act prohibiting dishonesty and being in even an appearance of a conflict of interest. Prime Minister Harper instead put those rules in his Accountable Government code for ministers and other senior officials so he could ignore the rules (as he did until the Conservatives were defeated in the 2015 election – see especially rules in Annex A, Part 1 of the code).

The Liberals made no promises in their 2015 election platform to close the huge loopholes in the Conflict of Interest Act (and they also made no promises to close the huge loopholes in the Lobbying Act or the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act). Instead, Prime Minister Trudeau re-named and re-issued the Accountability Government code as his Open and Accountable Government code. He has ignored the rules in his code just like Prime Minister Harper did.

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Stellwagen, recently acquired by the Canadian investment and private equity management company Acasta Enterprises (TSE:AEF), has signed a firm order for 12 Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft in the first sale to a leasing company achieved by Airbus Defence and Space.
 
The agreement, which includes options for a further 12 aircraft, positions Stellwagen to address civil markets including the humanitarian sector, freight operators in austere environments, and government agencies such as search and rescue services.
 
The C295 is a 9-tonne capacity, ramp-equipped, medium transport and mission aircraft currently in service with 28 operators in 25 countries. Today’s agreement takes firm orders for the type to 198 and the options would take the figure past 200, reconfirming its position as the market leader.
 
Geoff Beattie, Chairman of Acasta, said: “This game changing agreement with Airbus for the unique C295 will transform Stellwagen, it also validates its business plan, demonstrates continued industry innovation and leadership and positions the Group to further develop the commercial market.”
 
Stellwagen Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Brennan said: “The C295 is a remarkably capable and versatile aircraft. We have intensively studied the potential for its use in all civilian and humanitarian operations and we look forward to working with Airbus and operators throughout the world.”
 
Bernhard Brenner, Head of Marketing and Sales at Airbus Defence and Space, made note of the new opportunities created by this new business model, and the role it will play in reinforcing the C295 market position.”

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EPISECC, a new collaborative project funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, will enhance European public safety with research into innovative information technology.

In Italy, at the Civil Protection Center in Palmanova, the research project EPISECC demonstrated innovative information technology to enable interoperability between public safety agencies.  The electronic information exchange between these stakeholders will aide them in response to large disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, forest fires, technical incidents, or terrorist attacks.

The EPISECC consortium consists of 12 partners out of 9 European countries: Airbus; AIT Austrian Institute of Technology; Deutsches Zentrum f. Luft- und Raumfahrt; Frequentis; HITEC; HWCommunications; IES Solutions; KU Leuven; PSC Europe; TCCA; TU Graz; and the University of Split.

The exercise took place on May 11-12, 2017 and successfully tested the interoperability of information systems from the civil protection authority, fire fighters, mountain rescue teams and paramedics of Italy, Slovenia and Austria. The EPISECC project aims to develop the concept of a “Common Information Space” to become the key element in a future integrated Pan-European crisis and disaster response capacity.

A group of highly ranked observers (experts from first responders, crisis managers and international organisations) evaluated the demonstrated concepts and prototype and provided very positive feedback to the EPISECC team. The next challenge will be the transformation of our research results into marketable solutions and to introduce them into the operational disaster management procedures.

“Disaster-affected people need information as much as water, food, medicine or shelter: accurate, timely information can save lives. Today’s information technology presents new possibilities, but has not been fully exploited by humanitarian organizations. Lack of information can make people victims of disaster.” World Disaster Report (2013) International Federation of Red Cross.

“The information space, developed under EPISECC, aims to overcome key challenges hindering efficient crisis response, namely compatibility and linguistic barriers and lack of interoperability. The strength of EPISECC is that it does not force stakeholders to change their operating systems or standard working procedures, not even the language that its staff are working in. The outcomes of the project demonstrate that technological improvements possess great potential to foster efficient disaster response” says Gudrun Van Pottelbergh, crisis management expert and observer in Palmanova exercise.

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Union calls for tighter regulations for drivers
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The ATU 1624, a union representing over 300 members of Coach Canada and Megabus, is calling for the Canadian Government to step up on the prevention of fatigue-related fatalities.
 
The ATU said in a press release that roughly 41% of fatalities of motor coach collisions are a direct result of exhaustion, and fatigue is one of the leading causes of death on the roads.
 
They state that one of the leading contributors to road fatigue is the lack of proper sleep. The risk of fatigue also increases when driving at times when a person would normally be sleeping, such as during the early morning hours or late at night, they said.
 
Studies provided by ATU, said that a driver's performance begins to decline after being awake for 13 hours. However, they say the average coach driver spends up to 13 hours or more in a 24-hour period, with only eight consecutive hours of rest between shifts.
 
The ATU provided several suggestions to help improve the issue, including limiting daily driving times to a maximum of 10 hours, ensure that drivers are not on duty for more than 13 hours in a 24-hour period and guarantee a minimum of 10 consecutive hours’ rest between shifts.

In 2014, the ATU launched a similar campaign to draw awareness to the issue, by asking the government to make changes to the Motor Vehicle Transport Act that govern drivers’ hours of service. However, the government did not act and left the legislation unchanged.
 
The ATU hopes to succeed this time, saying that “the lives of all passengers and motor coach drivers matter.”

– Sean Cann-Sheppard

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Suspect sought in theft of donations

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A volunteer stole thousands of dollars in donations from the Autism Speaks Canada walk. Organizers are asking the public help police recover the stolen funds that were raised to improve the lives of individuals and families who are impacted by autism.

The unidentified female suspect was working a charity event at Bell Sensplex handling donations. The suspect accepted the donated money and then left with approximately $4000 in donations.

The area had surveillance cameras and supervisors on site, but the suspect gave false information on her volunteer profile. According to Carrie Habert, a Director at Autism Speaks Canada, this unfortunate situation has caused the organization to review its protocols for screening volunteers, particularly those who have access to the donations. In future, she says, "we may have to require government-issued ID for our many volunteers."

This is a photo of the suspect:


The following information is from the Crime Stoppers web site: If you know the identity of the individual call The Ottawa Police West Criminal Investigations Unit Det.R.McIntosh (613) 236-1222 Ext 2643 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Remember Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, we will not ask your name or record your call and you are not required to testify in court. If your information leads to their identity, you could qualify for a cash reward of up to $2000.

Donations to Autism Speaks Canada can be made on the organization's Facebook page:
https://business.facebook.com/AutismSpeaksCanada/?business_id=10152967583138585&hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

 

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Canada keeps threat level steady after UK attacks

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Third attack in Britain in three months
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Seven people have been killed, and 48 others have been injured after three attackers drove a van into crowds on London Bridge before stabbing multiple people at Borough Market, late Saturday night, 3 June 2017.

One of those killed in the attack is confirmed to be a Canadian national, 30-year-old Christine Archibald from Castlegar, British Columbia.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack Sunday night, though this claim has not yet been verified by authorities.

London Police reported all three attackers were shot dead. Police have confirmed the attackers wore what appeared to be explosive vests but there were no explosives in them. The vests were metal canisters strapped together to make it appear like they were explosives in order to cause panic, according to eyewitnesses.

The Counter Terrorism Command of London’s Metropolitan Police reported that 11 people have been arrested Sunday in connection to the attack. They have however held from releasing the identities of the attackers, but said they would release their names “as soon as operationally possible.”

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May released a statement on her Facebook page, saying that “Enough is enough,” and called for tougher actions to be taken to combat against extremism. “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,”  she said. “There is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”

She said tougher restrictions need to be placed on internet providers and social media platforms, stating that they are responsible for allowing extremism to grow.

During an elections campaign stop in Edinburgh on Monday, May countered claims made by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn that police forces in England were underfunded and lacked the resources needed to combat violent extremism.

She stated the overall police budget have been “protected” since 2015, and she supports giving more power to the police, a policy she claims that Corbyn had been opposed to.

“We have given increased powers to the police to be able to deal with terrorists, powers which Jeremy Corbyn has boasted he has always opposed,” May said.

The country remains in high alert following the series of attacks. Barriers have been installed on London Bridge to prevent vehicles from swerving into the pedestrian lane. London Police have conducted several raids related to the attack, though no reports of arrests have been made.

This most recent incident comes at the heels of a 22 May suicide bombing in Manchester, which killed 22 people and left over 116 others injured. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40008389

On 22 March, another vehicle-ramming /stabbing attack took place near the Westminster Palace. Before he was killed, the perpetrator killed four pedestrians with his vehicle and then stabbed a police officer to death. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Westminster_attack

All three attacks have been linked to Islamic State (Daesh).

– Sean Cann-Sheppard

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Puerto Rico opposes US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

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Authorized statement of the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló:

(1 June 2017 - San Juan) “Climate change is a real problem and it requires all of us to leave a sustainable planet to the next generation. Our administration is committed to protecting the environment.

As a Governor who is also a scientist, I oppose the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Our administration is committed to protecting our environment, and we recognize that even small changes can have big, lasting effects on our planet.

Puerto Rico, an Island that 3.4 million American Citizens call home, would suffer greatly from the devastating effects of rising sea levels. But we all stand to lose if we don't take meaningful action right now.

We call upon all local governments across the nation to continue to pass rules and regulations that protect our climate. As most of the world move forwards, our nation cannot sit idle and lag behind.”

– Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico

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Nemergent establishes LTE comms infrastructure

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Mission Critical Push-To-Talk (MCPTT) fosters a faster response and enhanced situational awareness in the event of a disaster
 
Frequentis and its technology partners, Austrian mobile radio provider A1, Italian LTE mobile core network provider Athonet and Spanish MCPTT application provider Nemergent, united to demonstrate the rapid establishment of safety-critical LTE communication infrastructure “at the network edge” during a serious incident. It was a breakthrough demonstration in mission-critical mobile services as it pioneered services based on the latest 3GPP standards such as MC-PTT.
 
In the event of a crisis, every second counts. Being able to quickly and cost-effectively build up a communication network, and get a picture of the deployment situation, brings significant advantages to safety-critical communication. Mobile communications standards offer new possibilities in safety-critical broadband communication, the LTE mobile radio standard enables this in the form of MCPTT.
 
During the demo in Austria last week a crisis flood scenario was set up in a power plant. Different terminals and LTE networks made up the solution, consisting of an LTE network from A1, and a 5G-ready complete LTE mobile core network including IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) from Athonet, winners of the 2016 GSMA Global Mobile Awards. In addition, Nemergent provided a core element, the MCPTT client and server components, while Frequentis provided the control room solution with their Multimedia-Collaboration Platform 3020 LifeX, enabling cross-coupling (LTE, TETRA, Emergency Telephone Calls) and mixing media as well as tacking the resources on the embedded geographical information system (GIS).
 
During the demo, mobile broadband network coverage was combined with a deployable micro system, allowing private and group calls to be established between professional field units and the dispatcher, providing tracking and location information. Emergency teams wearing helmet mounted cameras were able to stream live HD video to the control room that allowed the command teams to direct personnel and resources more effectively and efficiently in response to events on the ground. Command personnel and on-the-ground teams could communicate as a group using the built-in standards-based on Push-To-Talk functionality. The demo also allowed video streaming from an operating power plant in a second location in Carinthia, showing the resilience of the solution to support network communications for critical national infrastructure during a crisis.
 
"The LTE technology is currently being implemented worldwide in the safety-critical domain. Preliminary work and the roll-out are already in progress in various countries. With our 3020 LifeX public safety platform, we are well prepared for current and future public safety demands. New technologies such as broadband, apps or smart devices will further accelerate the development of high-performance applications in the field of safety-critical applications", said Frequentis technology board member Hermann Mattanovich."
 
“Since we deployed the world’s first LTE network for public safety in a real disaster situation in 2012, Athonet has continued to innovate and lead the industry in bringing digital solutions to the public safety market comprising the most advanced network features. This new multi-vendor effort to pioneer standards based Mission Critical Push-To-Talk deployments over LTE networks was made possible by combining Frequentis’ 3020 LifeX, Nemergent’s highly flexible PTT functions and Athonet’s virtualized EPC and IMS”, said Gianluca Verin, CTO of Athonet.
 
“The new wave of 3GPP-specified mission-critical communications opens a new world of opportunities to end users and interoperable solutions providers. Yet, the industry needs to adapt the technology to different deployment models, including public mobile broadband networks and private LTE networks.  This exercise allowed us to better understand the insights of hybrid deployment models, showing how the Nemergent virtualized MCPTT solution enables agile deployments and inter-domain interoperability,” added Jose Oscar Fajardo, CEO of Nemergent Solutions SL.

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