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Game changer: blockchain technology making open-access information available so anyone, anywhere can get a clear picture of freshwater health

By Carolyn DuBois      

Given where we were as a country on the management of water health data only two years ago, we’ve come a long way.

While Lake Winnipeg is only the sixth largest freshwater lake in Canada, its basin is home to seven million people spread across four Canadian provinces and four American states. The Lake Winnipeg Basin exemplifies a fundamental question facing Canadian water governance today: how can Canadian communities make effective, evidence-based decisions regarding our freshwater when our watersheds are so geographically diverse and span multiple jurisdictions? Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

To most, terms like “blockchain” and “open data” are likely only buzzwords reserved for Silicon Valley and cryptocurrency. But to the millions of Canadians living in and around the Lake Winnipeg watershed, these words will change how decisions are made.

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Conservatives to put 24/7 live camera on ballot holding area for leadership election

News|By Abbas Rana
All four Conservative leadership campaigns are watching the voting process ‘like a hawk,’ to ensure nothing untoward happens in the leadership election vote, says former Conservative MP Brad Trost.

Ex-Liberal MPs running in next election eagerly await start of nomination process

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberal Party is consulting MPs and grassroots members to determine rules for candidate nominations in held and unheld ridings for the next election, says spokesman Braeden Caley.

Trudeau ‘deeply regrets’ failing to recuse himself from WE Charity deal, says he was unaware of group’s payments to mother, brother

News|By Palak Mangat
'I knew that my brother and my mother work as professional public speakers and it is not surprising to me that they got paid by WE,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Too soon to say if StatsCan will bring in more racialized researchers, says official; ‘we’re just building those relationships’

News|By Palak Mangat
In July 2019, the agency established the Centre for Indigenous Statistics and Partnerships. It also employs 11 Indigenous liaison advisors to help it collect data on Indigenous people in Canada.

PSAC reaches tentative deal with feds on Phoenix damages, wage increases

News|By Mike Lapointe
Members will soon be invited to participate in online ratification votes when the final text and full details of the tentative agreement are made available, according to the union.

MPs back more modest option for Parliament visitors’ centre as Centre Block renos roll on

'I appreciate we’re not going for the Cadillac option. …  The larger option was much more expensive,' says NDP House Leader Peter Julian. 'We’re talking about over $110-million in savings.'

Canada ‘ill-prepared’ for potential coronavirus second wave, says Senate committee

News|By Beatrice Paez
The committee noted that the Public Health Agency of Canada has yet to revise or finalize its guidance for long-term care homes in light of concerns about its current relevance.

Cultural assessments needed for sentencing reform, say advocates, amid calls to address high Black incarceration rates

Justice advocates agree with the Black Parliamentary Caucus’ recent call for pre-sentencing reports, similar to the Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders, to be used for racialized Canadians.

Disaggregated data key to ensuring representative workplaces, say experts, as PMO skirts Black staff statistic

The PMO declined to provide a specific breakdown of self-identified Black staffers among cabinet offices when asked, but says it plans to circulate further voluntary surveys to better understand its staff ‘later this sum
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