Monday, November 18, 2013

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Monday November 18 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on new challenges

For five years, veteran public servant Kevin Page had one goal as Canada's first Parliamentary Budget Officer, to make sure Members of Parliament and Senators had the information they needed to vote on legislation. This past March, Page's appointment was not renewed by the federal government which had created the position and appointed him in 2008.

His determination ...

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Revised global warming models needed as data gaps filled

A recent study using new techniques has filled in some of the information gaps in global temperatures and predictions of warming, and counters claims that warming has levelled off.

The interdisciplinary team of computational scientist Kevin Cowtan of the University of York in England, and cryosphere specialist and PhD candidate Robert Way of Canada, say that using satellites they ...

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Canada asks Sri Lanka to respect human rights

Canada continues to ask Sri Lanka to allow an independent investigation into atrocities committed at the end of its civil war, and that the government respect human rights and the rule of law. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted a meeting of the Commonwealth countries in Sri Lanka last weekend because of concerns about human rights there.

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Peter Wintonick, Canadian documentary champion, dead at 60

Canadian documentary filmmaker and ambassador, Peter Wintonick, died Monday morning (November 18) at the age of 60 of a rare liver cancer, Cholangiocarcinoma.

Best known for co-directing the 1992 documentary "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" Wintonick was also known for promoting the idea of documentary film and an avid attendee of festivals around the world.

“Peter is — ...

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Anniversary of the adoption of Standard time zones.

At midnight November 18, 1883 the idea of the world’s standard time began in the province of Nova Scotia and the eastern seaboard of the US. This became known as the Atlantic time zone.


Fleming was knighted in 1897 by Queen ...

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U.S. tv spoofs Toronto’s disgraced mayor

Toronto’s disgraced mayor Rob Ford has made the big time, featuring prominently on big American television comedy shows like Saturday Night Live. The NBC program parodied the mayor’s repeated public apologies for such things as smoking crack, buying drugs, driving after drinking and using vulgar language on live television.

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Conservationists say don’t raise tuna quotas

As an international tuna meeting begins in Cape Town, South Africa, conservationists are urging Canada not to ask for an increase in its tuna quota.

The 46 member International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICAAT) gets underway today and will consider quotas and better tracking methods, such as electronic catch recording documentation to replace paper ...

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Canadian minister vows to meet emissions target

Canada is not on track to meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 according to a report for the UN, but in spite of that, its environment minister says it is still committed to meeting the target. Leona Aglukkaq is in Poland to attend the second week of the UN Climate Summit.

Aglukkaq insists Canada will ...

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Canadian premiers discuss pensions, job training, foreign investment

Premiers from Canada's ten provinces and three territories wrapped up a semi-annual meeting of the Council of the Federation on Friday (November 15) after dealing with a number of common concerns.

One issue they discussed was the federal government's job grant training program which the government has said it will go ahead with, whether or not the provinces and ...

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