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Auslander Raus
First 100
Jan 15, 2015
Parliamentary committee to begin study of RCMP's use of cellphone spyware
The Canadian Press - Aug 7, 2022 / 11:35 am | Story: 379145

Photo: The Canadian Press
A parliamentary committee will begin exploring RCMP’s use of spyware on Monday.
The House of Commons ethics and privacy committee called for a summer study after the RCMP revealed its use of tools that covertly obtain data from devices like phones and computers.
The RCMP says it has gotten warrants to use tools that collect text messages and emails and can remotely turn on cameras and microphones in 10 investigations.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has called for a discussion of the legal safeguards needed around the use of this technology.
Privacy and technology lawyer David Fraser says it's important that a higher level of scrutiny is applied to the warrants police are requesting.
Witnesses appearing during the scheduled two days of hearings include Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, current and former privacy commissioners, and RCMP officers who oversaw the use of spyware.


Auslander Raus
First 100
Jan 15, 2015
Federally ordered fertilizer cut threatens food security, experts warn
Jennifer Henderson / St. Albert Today - Aug 6, 2022 / 4:44 pm | Story: 379082

Photo: St. Albert Gazette
Prairie provinces are leading a push back against a 30 per cent fertilizer use cut by 2030 from the federal government. Experts and agriculture producers feel the goal is unrealistic and will impact food security.
Provincial leaders in the Prairies and agriculture advocates are raising alarms around the federal government's 30-per-cent reduction in fertilizer-use goal by 2030.

In July, federal and provincial ministers met and discussed the federal reduction target, which has sparked push back from Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Nitrogen fertilizer is considered a contributor to green-house gas emissions.

Paul McLauchlin, president of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, said right now the most important issue in agriculture is food security, given the war between Russia and Ukraine, who produce much of the world’s food.

“It's just it's such a policy misdirection and miscommunication, and ... just a lack of understanding,” McLauchlin said.

“The fundamental reality is organic sources of fertilizer cannot meet the needs of modern agriculture and modern food demand based on population-growth worldwide.”

A 30-per-cent reduction in fertilizer, without the use of new technologies, would result in 30 per cent less food being produced by Canadian producers. As a result, McLauchlin said farms will fold.

The country keeps trying to “lead from the front” when it comes to emission reductions, McLauchlin said, rather than recognize what an asset the agricultural industry is to emissions reductions.

“Agricultural production is actually a carbon sequestration method,” McLauchlin said, meaning that carbon can be stored and captured through farming.

The reduction in fertilizer use in agriculture was not on the agenda during the three-day meeting between the federal, provincial, and territorial ministers, but Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Nate Horner said the provinces brought up the issue to the federal government because of their concerns.

Horner said what the province hears most about food is the importance of affordability and food security, with the world wanting the country to produce more agricultural commodities.

“The federal government obviously has a lot of ambition around emission reduction," Horner said. "But until they speak back to us about achieving emission reductions while increasing production … I think they are being completely disingenuous to the needs and wants of Canadians and the world."

Looking at emissions per unit of production — as opposed to a hard cap measured from previous years — is what Horner would like to see the federal government focus on.

Crops like canola have a direct-yield curve that correlates with fertilizer and nutrient load, so they would have a huge challenge in reducing fertilizer use.

Right now, producers are working hard to cut the use of fertilizer already, Horner said, through using variable-rate technology and zero-till practices. Many cutting-edge and early-adopting farmers are using technology to reduce fertilizer use, and Horner said those things aren’t being recognized.

The fertilizer market right now has prices skyrocketing because of the Russian war on Ukraine, and that will drive change quickly from producers, Horner said.

Leaders want the federal government to make the 30 per cent reduction more of a symbolic target, rather than a hard cap, Horner said, and then fund the research and innovation to help reach the goal.

The talks come while Dutch farmers are protesting the capital after their government mandated a 50-per-cent cut in nitrogen emissions from the sector, which will result in 11,200 farms having to close, and another 17,600 having to reduce their livestock, according to farmers.

Rambo John J

TMMAC Addict
First 100
Jan 17, 2015
So how that freedom convoy going?
Change your name and stop pouting about it all.
Nobody wants to watch you continue with this tantrum.

You can be an interesting and good poster when you aren't all caught up doing what your doing.

Same goes for anybody else that can't just let it go. Shit changes...Shape up or ship out.



Throwing bombs & banging moms
First 100
Jan 14, 2015
I wonder how Rusty would've shoehorn his unbridled nuthuggery of Biden into this thread.

Probably big bold text in the shade of blue


Dec 15, 2018
I wonder how Rusty would've shoehorn his unbridled nuthuggery of Biden into this thread.

Probably big bold text in the shade of blue
He probably would've posted another shitty tweet from that "Biden Wins" account earning his shareblue funds...


Zi Nazi
Dec 31, 2014
Trudeau government to introduce national “Digital Identity Program”

A report published last week on revamping the Government of Canada’s digital infrastructure states that the next step to making services more convenient is to introduce a federal “Digital Identity Program.”

Details of the program were scarce in the publication titled Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022 which was signed off by President of the Treasury Board Mona Fortier and the Chief Information Officer of Canada, Catherine Luelo.

Citing the pandemic, the report outlines how a federal framework would also be integrated with provincial digital identities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for government services to be accessible and flexible in the digital age. The next step in making services more convenient to access is a federal Digital Identity Program, integrated with pre-existing provincial platforms,” the report explained.

“Digital identity is the electronic equivalent of a recognized proof-of-identity document (for example, a driver’s license or passport) and confirms that ‘you are who you say you are’ in a digital context.”

Trudeau government to introduce national “Digital Identity Program” | True North (