Aboriginal Languages in the Forging of a Covenant of Reconciliation

(Disponible en français : Les langues autochtones dans l’édification d’un pacte de réconciliation) 1. Calls to Action on Aboriginal languages from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada In its final report tabled in 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) notes that the suppression of Aboriginal languages was a core element of…

Official languages: modernizing the regulatory framework

(Disponible en français : Les langues officielles : vers une modernisation du cadre réglementaire) Renewed focus on the offer of services in French across Canada Clearly the past 15 months saw an unprecedented renewal of focus on the offer of French-language services across Canada. In October 2015, for the first time in its history, the…

GIS: A Tool for Visualizing Data with a Geographic Element (Location Matters!)

(Disponible en français: Les systèmes d’information géographique (SIG) : des outils de visualisation de données associées à un emplacement géographique (la localisation, c’est important!)) “…if some countries have too much history, we have too much geography”: Former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.[1] A single map can convey information. But if you layer various datasets…

Resistance to Antibiotics: A Global Threat to Public Health

(Disponible en français: La résistance aux antibiotiques : une menace pour la santé publique de portée mondiale) Halting the spread of resistance to antibiotics is becoming one of the major global health challenges of the 21st Century. The most recent warning came in May 2016, when the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, commissioned by the UK…

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Parliament Remembers

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians will pause for a moment of silence to honour the more than 118,000 men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Formerly known as “Armistice Day”, Remembrance Day commemorates the armistice agreement between the Allies and Germany that…

Update – Ratifying and Implementing Trade and Investment Treaties in Canada

Under Canada’s constitutional system, the conduct of foreign affairs is a royal prerogative power of the federal Crown. Consequently, the Executive Branch has the exclusive power to negotiate and conclude international treaties. Parliament has the exclusive power to enact legislation to implement those treaties. As Canada continues to enter into such treaties, a number of…