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Canada’s most secretive federal department: The Treasury Board of Canada

Ottawa’s point-man on access-to-information reform, Treasury Board President Scott Brison, is this year’s first recipient of the Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in government secrecy won by the Treasury Board of Canada, which he heads. The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Centre for Free Expression (CFE), News Media Canada and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) have joined forces to expand an award that the CAJ has for almost 20 years handed out to government departments, agencies or public bodies that put that extra bit of elbow grease…

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Brilliant Mariner 2017

Google Translation The crisis settled in the Golfe de Noland. The maritime component of the NATO Response Force (NRF) is deployed to defuse this situation, which involves a NATO member country with its expansionist neighbor and a terrorist group under the name of NOM, Novo Ordom Mundi. This scenario is actually the framework for the Brilliant Mariner 2017 exercise which took place from 29 September to 13 October 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea. 13 nations, 3,500 soldiers and some thirty means (surface vessels, aircraft and submarines) make up the TF…

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Business Investment in Canada Falls Far Behind Other Industrialized Countries

Summary This bulletin provides an overview of business investment in Canada: why investment is important, its recent performance, and how it compares with other industrialized countries. Business investment is central to long-term economic growth and rising living standards. Investment is also an important determinant of the structure of industry growth in future years, since it provides the capital for firms to grow. Investment embodies new technological developments and innovations, committing firms to expand in a specific direction while providing the tools for employees to work more productively. There is a…

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Asterix Launched

Davie Shipbuilding announced October 16th that during the weekend it launched the largest naval vessel ever to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard – on time, to budget and at an internationally competitive cost. Commissioning of all onboard systems began in early September and on the 16th November 2017, the ship will perform its sea-trials prior to achieving Full Operational Capability (FOC). During the sea-trials – overseen by Lloyds Register – the ship’s safety, quality, systems and functionality will be tested against the high military standards and specifications which it…

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“Challenging” bargaining ahead at Irving Shipyard

Bargaining is set to begin in November with 800 Unifor MWF Local 1 members, who proudly build Canadian navy and coast guard vessels as part of a multi-billion dollar federal contract awarded to Irving’s Halifax Shipyard in 2011. “Recent labor relations suggest we are facing a challenging round of bargaining to reach a new agreement with this employer,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic Regional Director. The bargaining team is committed to improving the workplace and is concerned about unusually high instances of discipline imposed on members, the lack of any…

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Wounded Warriors Canada announces new Trauma Resiliency Program

Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to announce the launch of the Wounded Warriors Canada Trauma Resiliency Program (TRP): a group-based training program combining the power of a team approach with effective, trauma-resilient skills development. The TRP is an innovative Operational Stress Injury program that is aimed at helping serving members of the Canadian Forces, Veterans and First Responders who have been exposed to traumatic events. The Trauma Resiliency Program is a professionally facilitated program that helps participants acquire the necessary tools for overcoming the natural and understandable effects of traumatic…

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Fleet Week San Francisco Comes to a Close

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Champion (MCM 4), and Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) departed San Francisco today, bringing the 37th annual Fleet Week San Francisco to a close. Throughout the week, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members volunteered at multiple community service projects, including a VA hospital, a food bank, a St. Anthony’s Foundation Kitchen, and a children’s hospital. Marine Cpl. Alex Sieck, attached to Combat Logistics Battalion 11, said he was thankful for the opportunity…

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Thales selects Canada as new global hub to boost Artificial Intelligence expertise

Thales announced the creation of the Centre of Research and Technology in Artificial Intelligence eXpertise (cortAIx). Led by Thales, cortAIx, in collaboration with the MILA (Artificial Intelligence Institute of Quebec), the IVADO (Institute of Data Valorization) and the Vector Institute of Toronto, will be located in Montreal, one of the world’s leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystems. This investment supports Thales’ global strategy of technology leadership. The creation of cortAIx is another building block of our digital strategy, one of the key initiatives for company-wide growth. Investment of 50 new world…

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Famous “Crossing the Line” Story

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia . The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31′ N and LON 179 30′ W. The date was 31 December 1899. “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in. “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line.” Captain Phillips was prankish…

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WCMRC Orders Three BRAvo 2500 Pollution Response Vessels

In September 2017, Burnaby BC based Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) awarded a construction contract to ASL Shipyards, Singapore, for three of Robert Allan Ltd.’s BRAvo 2500 Pollution Response Vessels designed to protect Canada’s West Coast. This project builds upon a strong relationship between WCMRC and Robert Allan Ltd., which included providing guidance to assess recently built spill response skimming vessels and providing technical assistance to bring these into Canadian registry. Recently, this also included providing market studies evaluating available existing vessels, which could be converted for spill response…

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