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Canadian defense minister: We will always ensure our military is ready, willing and able (Anita Anand, Defense News)

Around the globe, including in Canada, citizens and governments are being reminded of the value of a modern, capable and professional military. The events of the past few years have highlighted just how important our armed forces are. As Canada’s new minister of national defense, I will continue working diligently to ensure our nation’s military remains a strong force that is ready, willing and able to meet any challenge at home or abroad.

Here in Canada, the past two years have brought new and increased demands on our country’s military, the Canadian Armed Forces. Through Operation Vector, our armed forces helped distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines across the country.

Canadian defense minister: We will always ensure our military is ready, willing and able (defensenews.com)

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Canada Columbia River Treaty USA

Eleventh Round of the Columbia River Treaty Negotiations (US Department of State)

The United States and Canada will hold the eleventh round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime on December 9, 2021.  The United States and Canada began negotiations in May 2018.  The tenth round took place on June 29-30, 2020.  The United States’ key objectives include continued, careful management of flood risk; ensuring a reliable and economical power supply; and improving the ecosystem.  U.S. negotiators continue to use the U.S. Entity Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024 as a useful guide during the negotiations.

For further information, please visit:  https://www.state.gov/columbia-river-treaty/.

 

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Canada

Big Is Beautiful: Strengthening Growth and Competitiveness in the Canadian Economy (MacDonald-Laurien Institute)

In recent years it has become de rigueur to proclaim small business good, big business bad, or at least suspect. This populist “small is beautiful” ideology is misguided and dangerous. This report for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute argues that if Canada wants a growing, competitive economy with higher productivity and wages, policymakers must recognize the critical role large businesses play—and ensure that policies recognize and support that role.

Nov2021_Big_is_beautiful_Atkinson_PAPER_FWeb.pdf (macdonaldlaurier.ca)

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Biden Electric Car Plan Would Boost Detroit, Anger Allies (Agence France-Press, IndustryWeek)

President Biden’s proposal to reward electric cars made at U.S. union shops has earned applause from organized labor, but the measure has drawn heckles from his closest trading partners.

Biden Electric Car Plan Would Boost Detroit, Anger Allies | IndustryWeek

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US, Canada, Mexico leaders to meet in first summit since 2016 (Al Jazeera)

United States President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are set to meet in person in Washington, DC, for the first time in five years to discuss economic integrationimmigration and the pandemic.

President Joe Biden has revived the so-called Three Amigos summit – to be held at the White House on Thursday, for the first time since 2016, when former President Donald Trump put an end to them.

US, Canada, Mexico leaders to meet in first summit since 2016 | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

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Canada Ontario

Ontario AI snapshot. The state of the province’s AI ecosystem in 2020-21 (Vector Institute, Deloitte)

Vector Institute’s latest report on the state of the Ontario AI ecosystem — Ontario AI Snapshot — finds that despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the province is creating more AI jobs than ever while the  pipeline of AI talent continues to expand.

Ontario AI Snapshot: The state of the province’s AI ecosystem in 2020-21 (vectorinstitute.ai)

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China-linked WeChat accounts spread disinformation in advance of 2021 Canadian election (Kenton Thibaut, DFRLab)

China-linked actors took an active role in seeking to influence the September 20, 2021 parliamentary election in Canada, displaying signs of a coordinated campaign to influence behavior among the Chinese diaspora voting in the election.

China-linked WeChat accounts spread disinformation in advance of 2021 Canadian election | by @DFRLab | DFRLab | Nov, 2021 | Medium

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Canada

This is what your house looks like on climate change: AI-fuelled site predicts the future (Daniel J. Rowe, CTV News)

What would your neighbourhood look like underwater if a flash flood hit, like the one in Brooklyn in 2013?

What if a fire ripped through your community like one did in Lytton, B.C. this summer?

Artificial intelligence predicts how climate change could affect your neighbourhood | CTV News

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Canada Indigenous Rights

Trudeau visits Indigenous community reeling from unmarked graves (Al Jazeera)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited an Indigenous community in British Columbia, following the discovery earlier this year of more than 200 unmarked graves of children who died at the nearby church-run Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Trudeau visits Indigenous community reeling from unmarked graves | Indigenous Rights News | Al Jazeera

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