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Latest iPhone first weekend sales blast through 10 million   


EDMONTON, AB, Sep 22, 2014/ Troy Media/ – After record-breaking pre-orders and massive line-ups world-wide, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models – which launched on September 19 – broke first weekend record sales by topping the 10 million mark. This milestone is one million more than the then record-breaking nine million iPhone 5S and […]


iPhone 6s powers down but won’t blow up   


Faulty battery leads to iPhone 6s recall EDMONTON, Alta. Nov. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Apple has announced a recall of some of its iPhone 6s due to a faulty battery. There is no need to worry, however, as, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which are now banned on all airlines, the iPhone 6 […]


Now Incorporated   


I am now officially a corporation as I went to KVP ( last night after work and submitted the necessary documentation, along with associated processing fee. While doing this I found out that it is actually a 2-step process; NUANS search which takes 2-4 hours for results and then the incorporation itself. Total cost was just under $300.

NUANS is valid for 90 days after the search has been done and if you want you can do it yourself at for $20 after creating an account.

I had to do some additional research on the benefits of incorporating Federally versus Provincially and unless I plan to open offices in other provinces, there is no reason to incorporate Federally and then have to Register in Alberta as an Extra provincial corporation. In addition, extra provincial incorporation cannot be done by yourself - at least most Corporate Registries in the province look askance at you, which would mean having to hire a lawyer to end up in the same place I am now. IF I need to expand in the future to other locales, I will be in a better position to afford said lawyer.

Next step is to open a bank account on Friday when I am in Wainwright taking possession of our new house. BTW, our house here in Edmonton sold to the second viewer for very close to our asking price.

Of course I will soon get an information package from the Federal government to register for a tax account (GST, Payroll taxes etc.) Those will be other postings on how that process proceeds.


Business Analyst (Exciting opportunity: Intelligent people and great variety in custom software)   


AB-Edmonton, Not your everyday business analyst position. Challenging and fast moving, yet friendly and supportive: a career you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in an exciting environment where every month is different. Positions Available: 2-3 positions ranging from junior up to senior (based on skill and potential skill, regardless of the amount of experience or education). Posit


Embedded Product Electrical Engineer (Exciting opportunity with a fast growth electronics company)   


AB-Edmonton, Not your everyday engineering position. Challenging and fast moving, yet friendly and supportive: a career you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in an exciting environment where every month is different. Positions Available: Embedded Systems Product Engineer Additional positions may be available for specialists. Tell us your strengths and we’ll go from there. Other Posit


General Legal Counsel (Work-life balance and exciting opportunity working in-house for a tech corp)   


AB-Edmonton, Not your everyday legal position. Work-life balanced, yet with variety and challenge: a position you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in a friendly environment where you are valued but so is your time with family. Position Available: Senior General Legal Counsel, both part-time and full-time will be considered Other Positions: We are also hiring for other positions at t


Marketing Project Manager (Exciting opportunity: great variety at a fast growth company)   


AB-Edmonton, Not your everyday marketing project manager position. Challenging and fast moving, yet friendly and supportive: a career you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in an exciting environment where every month is different. Positions Available: Marketing Project Manager Additional positions for specialists. Tell us your strengths in your cover letter and we’ll go from there. O


Product Mechanical Engineer (Exciting opportunity with a fast growth electronics company)   


AB-Edmonton, " Not your everyday mechanical position. Challenging and fast moving, yet friendly and supportive: a career you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in an exciting environment where every month is different. Positions Available: Product Mechanical Engineer Additional positions may be available for specialists. Tell us your strengths and we’ll go from there. Other Positions:


Project Manager (Exciting opportunity: Intelligent people and great variety in custom software)   


AB-Edmonton, Not your everyday project manager position. Challenging and fast moving, yet friendly and supportive: a career you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in an exciting environment where every month is different. Positions Available: 2-3 positions ranging from junior up to senior (based on skill and potential skill, regardless of the amount of experience or education). Positi


Retail Manager - Fashion - Serious Potential - South Edmonton   


AB-Edmonton, Excellent salary, bonus, benefits and prospects for career growth - one of South Edmonton's best retail opportunities! A successful Canadian retailer seeks to engage a dynamic Store Manager to lead the charge and motivate a strong customer service and sales team with a mandate to serve and expand a discriminating fashion clientele. The individual we seek will have successful track record in retail


Sales Representative (Exciting uncapped opportunity with a fast growth technical company)   


AB-Edmonton, Not your everyday account manager position. Fast moving, great variety of opportunities, and backed by a fast growth and stable company. A job you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in an exciting environment where every month has the opportunity to be better than the last. Positions Available: Multiple full time sales positions available, both junior and senior levels. P


Software Developer / Programmer (Exciting opportunity: Intelligent people and great variety)   


AB-Edmonton, Not your everyday software developer position. Challenging and fast moving, yet friendly and supportive: a career you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in an exciting environment where every month is different. Positions Available: Multiple positions ranging from intermediate up to team lead level (based on skill, regardless of the amount of experience or education), ope


Riverkeeper group concerned about road salt pilot project's impact on North Saskatchewan River   


Spraying major roads with a salt mixture ahead of winter storms may improve commutes and reduce collisions, but it could be bad news for the North Saskatchewan River.

Hans Asfeldt, manager of water literacy with North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper, said the group will be keeping close tabs on the city’s calcium chloride pilot project.

“Anything that goes on the road ultimately does end up in the river, ” he said. “There is a concern around the use of salts or liquid brine in general, and it’s a concern that’s been well documented across Canada.” 

The city began the pilot project this winter. The aim is to improve how it manages snow and ice on city streets, especially on difficult to plow corridors such as Yellowhead Trail. Around 40 per cent of the city’s roads — around 3,000 kilometres — could be sprayed with a calcium chloride solution 24 to 36 hours before a snowfall. 

The mixture is less corrosive than traditional road salt and includes a corrosion inhibitor to try to minimize any damage to cars and infrastructure, officials said.

Asfeldt said some salt has traditionally been used for roadway management in Edmonton.

But the mixture can be toxic for aquatic life.

“We want to see clearer numbers around those plans, and we’d like to see them also (compared) against what’s been done in the past,” he said. “Although we have used some liquid salt brine in the past, it’s not nearly on this scale.

“In order to understand the environmental impact, we A.) need to know what’s been done in the past, how much salt has gone on the roads, and how much of it foreseeably ends up in the river, and B.) how much are we planning to use in the future?”

A spokesperson for the city said Friday that river monitoring is being done, but could not provide more information because staff were away on holiday.  

The test zones include several arterial and collector routes and around 170 bus stops, plus downtown bike lanes, officials said earlier. Also included are several park areas so officials can determine the impact on water runoff into the North Saskatchewan River, as well as on vegetation.

Asfeldt noted that councillors wanted to know more about the spray’s environmental impact when the report on the plan was first presented. 

He said city administration has done a cost-benefit analysis on the economics but “almost nothing” in terms of the environmental impacts.

“Really we want to see the city do their due diligence, crunch the numbers and assess the (environmental) impacts extensively, in a way that matches the rigour that was applied to the economic cost benefit analysis,” Asfeldt said.


Take care: Extreme cold makes for slick Edmonton commute   


There were so many smash-ups on Edmonton roads during a bone-chilling Thursday morning, Edmonton police compared the freezing commute to a video game race gone wrong.

Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for Edmonton and surrounding areas, and the freezing temperatures turned local roads into skating rinks.

Slippery conditions were to blame for numerous fender benders across the city, and police are encouraging drivers to exercise caution. 

Between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., police responded to five injury collisions and 70 property damage collisions.

By 3:30 p.m., a total of 191 collisions had been reported to police. That included 10 hit-and-run collisions, 11 injury collisions and 170 property damage collisions, police said.

"Edmonton is not a level in Mario Kart," EPS said in a post to their public Facebook page. "Our roads are not race tracks.

"There are no cute penguins. There is no winner. And if you slip off the road, a Koopa won't lift your vehicle and put you back on track within seconds.

"It's about safety, patience, and planning. Let's all stay safe and warm today."

Police posted a similar message to Twitter.

'Slow down, drive for the road conditions'

There were at least two major multi-vehicle collisions in the city early Thursday. Both calls came in around 7 a.m.

Emergency crews were called to a seven-vehicle crash on Whitemud Drive, just east of 111th Street, plus two separate collisions nearby.

Police were also called to a five-vehicle smash-up southbound on Groat Road, near 105th Avenue. A vehicle lost control on ice, spun around and collided head-on with other vehicles on the road, police said. Minor injuries were reported.

In addition to the multi-car crash, there were two other crashes on Groat Road, said Carolin Maran, a spokesperson for Edmonton police.

In total, a dozen vehicles were involved in collisions on Groat Road alone, she said.

Ice on the Quesnell Bridge resulted in a number of collisions starting around 7:30 a.m., said Maran.

Sanding operation underway

"We've been sanding overnight and will continue to work throughout the day," said Janet Tecklenborg, director of infrastructure operations with the City of Edmonton.

About 100 trucks will be out on Thursday, focusing primarily on main roads and intersections, in preparation for the afternoon traffic rush, she said.

The cold weather provides particular challenges, said Tecklenborg.

"The moisture can create an icy slick on the road." she said. Salt can be used to melt ice but only works to –12 C, and calcium chloride isn't used when temperatures go below –20 C, added Tecklenborg.

"What we are using right now is mostly sand, to be able to address issues and increase the friction on the road," she said.

When roads are bare, that doesn't always work. Tecklenborg reminded drivers they can't compare driving on bare roads in winter to driving on bare roads in summer.

"We need to drive cautiously," she said.

n Arctic air mass moving across the Prairies has put much of the province into a deep freeze.

An Arctic air mass moving across the Prairies has put much of the province into a deep freeze.

An extreme cold advisory covers an area stretching from Wood Buffalo in the north to Waterton National Park in the south.

The cold weather is expected to stick around for a few days, with the wind chill making it feel as cold as –40 until the weekend.

Due to the extreme cold temperatures on Thursday morning, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools has cancelled all buses in the Legal area. All buses for the district in Morinville and St. Albert will be running.

Buses have been cancelled for children attending Elk Island Public Schools due to extremely cold temperatures. The schools will remain open with regular classes Thursday for students who can brave the cold weather.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia.

"Extreme cold puts everyone at risk," said Environment Canada.

Albertans braving the cold are advised to watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes

"Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill."


Drones, wood chips and beet brine now part of cities' arsenal in war on winter   


A snowblower piles snow

A snowblower piles snow at the city's newest dump at Blue Bonnets as snow removal operations continue in Montreal on February 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz


MONTREAL -- Keeping Canadian city streets clear in winter has been a source of aggravation since the days when work details shovelled snow into horse-drawn sleds.

But as the coldest months of the year arrive, Canadian municipalities are increasingly turning to innovative solutions to address the problem. Apps, drones, new machinery and alternatives to traditional materials are being introduced to balance safety and efficiency with budget constraints.

In Montreal, where every winter authorities have to remove some 12 million cubic metres of snow from streets and sidewalks covering a combined 10,000 kilometres, all these solutions are set to be deployed, according to city spokesman Philippe Sabourin.

To help figure out where to put all that snow, the city this year will dispatch drones to fly over the city's massive snow dumps and identify spaces where more can be added.

The city's Angrignon dump can reach "something like 10 storeys high, more than four football fields long, so we're using drones to optimize the space, because it's so high that we cannot see the top of the hill," Sabourin said.

Last year, the Projet Montreal administration faced criticism after above-average snowfalls led to overflowing dumps, tardy snow clearing and a jump in complaints from citizens who slipped and fell on uncleared sidewalks.

To address those concerns, the city has announced improvements to its Info-Neige application, which tracks snow-removal operations in real time and helps citizens find free parking when streets are blocked.

One app linked to Info-Neige is a kind of snowplow snitch line, allowing citizens to send the city photos of badly cleared sidewalks. Another helps people find cars towed during snow-clearing operations, Sabourin said.

A big part of the snow removal problem is the cost -- about $1 million for each centimetre of accumulated snow, he said.

This year, the challenge is greater because a strike at the Goderich, Ont. salt mine has led to price increases. Montreal this year is paying 30 per cent more to import road salt from Chile.

Other cities are looking for ways to turn away from traditional rock salt, which has been found to corrode infrastructure and pose a risk to plants, animals and waterways.

Saskatoon is following Switzerland's lead and testing wood chips to improve traction on roads, while in the United States, there have been reports of cheese brine, pickle brine and potato juice being tested as de-icers.

Several Canadian cities, including Calgary, have been experimenting with a mixture of sugar beet molasses and salt brine as a de-icing agent.

The beet brine is less corrosive than pure salt, and the product's slight stickiness allows it to stay in place, meaning less product is needed, Jim Fraser, Calgary's central district roads manager, said in an email.

Fraser said that based on promising results it has quadrupled its beet brine order from 30,000 litres last year to 120,000 litres for the 2018-2019 season.

While Montreal has found the beet product clogs equipment and can stain clothing and carpets, Calgary hasn't had that problem.

The city has been using beet brine mostly in industrial areas, but it has found the product easy to apply and no harder to remove from vehicles than road salt. "Anecdotally, the product has easily washed off clothing of city staff," Fraser said.

Edmonton, meanwhile, has been testing an anti-icing calcium chloride brine spray on its roads before plowing. It hopes the alternative to sand or rock salt will save money, reduce the environmental impact and improve safety by ridding streets of snow and ice more quickly.

Infrastructure operations director, Janet Tecklenborg, said the pilot project saved Edmonton $4 million last year. Now, the city is focusing on studying the brine's impact on infrastructure, greenery, and road safety.

"We're hoping to see, as they have in other jurisdictions, a reduction in the number of collisions and an improvement in safety by reaching bare pavement," Tecklenborg said.

In addition to the anti-icing project, she said Edmonton has begun using GPS technology on its heavy equipment to better monitor where melting and abrasive products are spread. The goal is to reduce the amount of material by up to 30 per cent.

Eventually, she'd like to see Edmonton follow the lead of other jurisdictions that monitor pavement temperature, humidity and local weather factors so crews can lay down the right material at the right time.

Tecklenborg and Sabourin say changes in winter temperatures are both helping and hindering snow removal efforts.

For example, melting products that are ineffective in a deep freeze work when the temperature is warmer. But an increasing number of freezing rain events and water main breaks has created new challenges, prompting Montreal to buy eight of what the mayor calls "ice-crusher" machines.

As winter cycling grows in popularity, Montreal is also experimenting with brushes and liquid salt in order to better remove ice from its network of all-weather bike paths.

But despite the push for better technologies, Sabourin says the city still has no intention of resurrecting the previous administration's dream of heated sidewalks along a downtown stretch of Ste-Catherine Street, which was scrapped last year amid cost concerns.

"Not for now, no," Sabourin said when asked about the plan. Shovelling, it appears, will never be totally eliminated.


ReShare Welcomes New Consortial Partners: The Alberta Library and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services    


Project ReShare is pleased to announce The Alberta Library (TAL), a multi-type library consortium based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), a multi-type consortium serving over 650 member libraries in Indiana and Michigan, as the first two consortial participants in its new Founding Consortial Partner Program. Both consortia have made substantial contributions and have joined the project’s Steering Committee. 


L’hon. Andrew Telegdi - Témoignages de comité CIMM 32    


L’hon. Andrew Telegdi
Kitchener—Waterloo, Ontario
Comité permanent de la citoyenneté et de l'immigration

Oui, monsieur le président.

Je tiens vraiment à vous remercier d'être venus. Je regardais le titre de la brochure que vous nous avez remise « It's time to act », « C'est le temps d'agir ». C'est un titre dont nous pourrions nous servir pour notre rapport, quand il sera rédigé, parce qu'il est excellent.

Permettez-moi de faire quelques observations. Premièrement, un des grands avantages des Maritimes, et je l'ai évidemment remarqué parce que c'est une chose que je fais chaque fois que je vais quelque part, c'est de regarder le prix des maisons et j'ai constaté qu'il était effectivement possible de travailler ici et d'acheter une maison. On ne peut dire la même chose pour Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary ou Kitchener-Waterloo, la région de Waterloo. C'est donc un net avantage. L'autre avantage est que les paysages sont très beaux. Je pourrais vendre ma maison dans la région de Waterloo, venir ici, et je pourrais avoir un chalet en Floride parce que je crois comprendre que les hivers sont rigoureux. La pêche est excellente, la nature est superbe et c'est une très belle région du pays. Je voulais simplement vous le dire.

Je vous remercie beaucoup. Vous avez pris une excellente initiative. Nous en sommes heureux et nous vous souhaitons beaucoup de succès.

Je vais m'arrêter ici en insistant sur un aspect. Essayez de faire bouger le gouvernement pour qu'il procède à une réforme. Il y a une chose que les immigrants permanents peuvent vous apporter et cela a déjà été dit; si quelqu'un décide de venir ici, il finit par venir avec des capitaux qu'il investit dans la province où il s'établit, alors que ce n'est pas le cas du travailleur étranger temporaire qui vient et réussit à obtenir plus tard la résidence permanente. Mais lorsque quelqu'un décide de tout vendre pour déménager quelque part, alors il prend tout ce qu'il a et investit dans la région où il s'établit.

Merci beaucoup.


L'hon. Marlene Jennings - Hansard 107    


L'hon. Marlene Jennings
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, Québec
Chambre des communes

Monsieur le Président, novembre est le Mois de la sensibilisation à la maladie du diabète, et le Canada est reconnu depuis longtemps comme un chef de file mondial en matière de recherche sur le diabète.

Depuis la découverte révolutionnaire de l'insuline, et plus récemment, l'élaboration du protocole d'Edmonton, une procédure pour la transplantation de cellules chez des personnes ayant le diabète de type 1, les chercheurs canadiens continuent d'innover dans ce domaine.

La Fondation de la recherche sur le diabète juvénile est le principal bailleur de fonds philanthropique et le porte-parole du diabète de type 1. Elle a pour mandat de trouver un remède contre le diabète par le soutien de la recherche. Elle finance actuellement plus de 40 essais cliniques chez des humains, contribuant ainsi à mettre au point de nouveaux traitements encore inconnus il y a à peine cinq ans.

J'invite mes collègues à se joindre à moi pour appuyer cette fondation et tous les organismes qui se consacrent à la lutte contre le diabète puisqu'ils s'emploient à alléger le fardeau que représente la maladie pour les familles canadiennes tout en réalisant des avancées importantes dans la recherche d'un remède.

Bravo à la Fondation de la recherche sur le diabète juvénile.


L'hon. Marlene Jennings - Hansard 117    


L'hon. Marlene Jennings
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, Québec
Chambre des communes

Madame la Présidente, ce projet de loi est passé dû. Le gouvernement avait déposé ce projet de loi au cours de la session précédente du 40e Parlement, et il avait joué à des jeux politiques. Le gouvernement a tué ce projet de loi avec la prorogation. En effet, le premier ministre a décidé qu'une prorogation était bonne pour le bien-être de son parti et de son gouvernement.

Après que la Chambre ait repris ses travaux le 3 mars avec le discours du Trône, le gouvernement a attendu une soixante de jours avant de déposer à nouveau le même projet de loi. Il était identique au projet de loi dont la Chambre avait été saisie au cours de la deuxième session du 40e Parlement. Pas une virgule n'était changée. Pas un point sur un i n'était changé. Pas une lettre, pas un mot n'était changé. C'était identique. Ce gouvernement conservateur a quand même pris une soixantaine de jours après le discours du Trône avant de le déposer à nouveau. Les conservateurs l'ont finalement déposé à nouveau en première lecture. Tous ceux qui connaissent les règles de la Chambre savent que seul le gouvernement peut proposer le débat en deuxième lecture. Ni l'opposition officielle, ni le Bloc québécois ni le NPD ne peuvent le faire. Il n'y a que le gouvernement. On peut donc se demander combien de temps le gouvernement a pris pour proposer le débat en deuxième lecture du projet de loi C-21 sur la fraude des criminels à cravate. En effet, le gouvernement se pète les bretelles en disant que lui seul s'occupe des victimes, trouve les besoins des victimes importants et agit en matière de justice criminelle.

Le gouvernement a laissé le projet de loi C-21 sur les tablettes de la première lecture pendant plus de 200 jours. Pendant ce temps, qui demandait, priait, réclamait et suppliait le gouvernement de bien vouloir proposer le débat en deuxième lecture? Ce sont les victimes. C'est l'opposition officielle. C'est le Bloc québécois. C'est le NPD.

Je n'ai pas entendu un seul député conservateur demander publiquement à son gouvernement de cesser de laisser traîner le projet de loi C-21 sur les tablettes de la première lecture et d'aller de l'avant en proposant le débat en deuxième lecture. Je n'ai pas entendu la voix d'un seul député conservateur faire cette demande publiquement, mais j'ai entendu l'opposition officielle le demander. J'ai entendu des députés du Bloc le demander. J'ai entendu des députés du NPD le demander. J'ai aussi entendu de multiples voix des victimes se demander pourquoi ce gouvernement conservateur, qui dit que les victimes et le projet de loi C-21 sont importants, n'aboutissait pas.

D'ailleurs, son propre ministre de la Justice est allé sur toutes les tribunes pendant la fin de semaine pour dire qu'il y avait des projets de loi traitant de justice criminelle qu'il fallait absolument adopter à la Chambre, et qu'il priait l'opposition d'arrêter de s'opposer à ces projets de loi. On vient d'entendre les mêmes paroles de la part du président du Comité permanent de la justice et des droits de la personne, qui s'est levé pour poser une question au secrétaire parlementaire du ministre de la Justice. Il lui a demandé s'il pouvait expliquer pourquoi l'opposition s'opposait à ce projet de loi. Ce n'est pas vrai. L'opposition a toujours été d'accord avec la volonté exprimée par le gouvernement d'agir rapidement et effectivement quant au problème que présentent les criminels à cravate qui font de la fraude. Lors de l'autre session du 40e Parlement, on a tenté de travailler avec ce gouvernement, justement pour s'assurer que ce projet de loi deviendrait loi.

Cependant, le gouvernement et le premier ministre ont décidé de faire mourir ce projet de loi en prorogeant la Chambre et le Parlement. Puis, de retour à la Chambre, ils ont attendu près de 60 jours avant de le déposer à nouveau, et une fois déposé, ils ont attendu au-delà de 200 jours avant de proposer le débat en deuxième lecture.

Pendant combien de journées la Chambre a-t-elle débattu de ce projet de loi C-21 à l'étape de la deuxième lecture, après avoir attendu au-delà de 200 jours pour en débattre à l'étape de la deuxième lecture? La Chambre a pris seulement deux jours pour débattre de ce projet de loi parce que les partis d'opposition, et surtout l'opposition officielle, voulaient que ce projet de loi devienne la loi de notre pays. Alors, ce n'est pas l'opposition qui s'oppose à ce projet de loi et ce n'est pas l'un des trois partis d'opposition qui a mis les freins au processus d'adoption de ce projet de loi, c'est le gouvernement lui-même.

À mon avis, il est important de rappeler ces faits parce que je n'invente rien. N'importe qui, à l'aide d'un calendrier, peut faire ce calcul en partant de la date à laquelle le gouvernement a prorogé la Chambre en décembre 2009. La prorogation s'est poursuivie sur presque deux mois et demi et la Chambre a repris ses travaux le 3 mars 2010 avec le discours du Trône. Or, ce n'est qu'environ 60 jours plus tard que le gouvernement a déposé à nouveau son projet de loi. Par la suite, le gouvernement a attendu plus de 200 jours pour en débattre en deuxième lecture — si ma mémoire est fidèle, il s'agit de 216 jours. Je sais que c'était au-delà de 200 jours. Je suis confiante quand je dis cela.

Allons maintenant au contenu de ce projet de loi. Le projet de loi établit des peines minimales obligatoires pour des personnes trouvées coupables d'avoir commis des actes de fraude. C'est quelque chose que les victimes demandaient. Les victimes demandaient aussi d'autres choses, mais le gouvernement, dans sa sagesse, a décidé de ne pas l'inclure dans ce projet de loi.

Les victimes demandaient deux choses. D'abord, elles voulaient que des peines plus sévères soient imposées aux criminels en col blanc. Le gouvernement répond à cette demande des victimes en prévoyant une peine minimale obligatoire de deux ans d'emprisonnement pour les infractions criminelles que l'on qualifierait de crimes en col blanc.

Les victimes demandaient cependant une deuxième chose. Elles souhaitaient que le gouvernement élimine la procédure d'examen expéditif dans le cas des criminels en col blanc. Or, le projet de loi ne prévoit rien du tout à cet égard. Les partis de l'opposition le réclament depuis plusieurs années, mais le gouvernement n'a rien fait. Il n'a rien prévu à ce sujet dans le projet de loi.

Les libéraux ont tenté de faire amender le projet de loi de façon à modifier la Loi sur le système correctionnel et la mise en liberté sous condition pour que la procédure d'examen expéditif à l'égard des infractions criminelles visées par le projet de loi C-21 soit éliminée. Le président du comité a déclaré l'amendement irrecevable parce que rien dans le projet de loi C-21 ne se rapporte à la mesure relative à la condamnation avec sursis et à la libération conditionnelle.

J'ai contesté la décision du président, mais je dois admettre qu'il avait raison, car l'amendement que j'avais proposé et qui aurait eu pour effet d'éliminer la procédure d'examen expéditif au sixième de la peine à l'égard des infractions visées dans ce projet de loi dépassait effectivement la portée du projet de loi.

Le président du comité a déclaré l'amendement irrecevable. J'ai contesté sa décision et, malheureusement, les conservateurs, bloquistes et néo-démocrates membres du comité ont soutenu la décision du président.

Une mesure législative dans laquelle il est question de la procédure d'examen expéditif est actuellement à l'étude au Comité de la sécurité publique de la Chambre des communes, mais c'est une autre mesure législative avec laquelle le gouvernement joue des petits jeux politiques et dont il retarde l'adoption en ne proposant pas le débat à l'étape de la deuxième lecture et en laissant le projet de loi dormir au Feuilleton pendant des jours et des jours à l'étape de la première lecture.

Nous estimons que le gouvernement doit agir pour donner suite à la demande des victimes — qui est également celle de divers autres intervenants de la société civile — de supprimer, d'éliminer l'octroi de la libération conditionnelle au sixième de la peine non seulement pour les infractions commises par des criminels en col blanc, mais dans presque tous les cas, sinon tous. On pourrait, en fait, dire qu'il heurte la susceptibilité des Canadiens et de notre système de justice pénale.

Il y a un autre aspect des crimes en col blanc que le projet de loi n'aborde pas. Il n'établit en effet aucun lien, quel qu'il soit, entre ces infractions criminelles et des institutions.

J'ai ici un article rédigé par Darcy Henton et publié dans l'Edmonton Journal du 5 mai 2010, sur le fait que les Albertains se méfient du projet de loi sur les crimes en col blanc. On peut y lire ceci:

Un projet de loi sur les crimes en col blanc présenté de nouveau par le gouvernement conservateur fédéral a bénéficié d'un accueil peu enthousiaste en Alberta, tant de la part d'un militant contre les crimes financiers que d'une victime de fraude.

Le projet de loi en matière de justice, qui devait être présenté de nouveau après être mort au Feuilleton lorsque le premier ministre a prorogé le Parlement l'hiver dernier, prévoit une peine minimale obligatoire de deux ans d'emprisonnement pour les fraudes de plus de un million de dollars.

Selon le projet de loi, les juges devront se pencher sur diverses circonstances aggravantes qui pourraient faire augmenter la peine, tenir compte des déclarations faites au nom des collectivités, et envisager des dédommagements.

Larry Elford, courtier en placements à la retraite et défenseur des investisseurs, a déclaré que le nouveau projet de loi semble toujours contenir une échappatoire permettant d'éviter qu'il ne s'applique aux organismes de placement.

« C'est un cadeau merveilleux pour l'industrie des placements, a-t-il déclaré. Il exempterait les principaux fraudeurs du Canada. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi le gouvernement présente de nouveau ce projet de loi avec la même échappatoire. » 

M. Elford a ajouté que la loi ne s'appliquerait pas à des sociétés comme Goldman Sachs, qui fait actuellement l'objet d'une poursuite pour fraude civile intentée par la Commission des valeurs mobilières des États-Unis.

« N'importe quel agent de Bay Street pourra vendre n'importe quel produit de façon trompeuse et frauduleuse sans avoir à s'inquiéter de ce projet de loi », a précisé M. Elford.

Jason Cowan, d'Edmonton, demande des lois plus strictes sur les crimes en col blanc depuis que son partenaire et lui auraient été victimes d'une fraude de plus de 2 millions de dollars en 1996.

« Je crois qu'il est absolument nécessaire d'avoir des mécanismes de contrôle, a-t-il dit. Ces criminels en col blanc s'en sortent toujours. »

[Le ministre fédéral de la Justice] a dit que la mesure législative prévoit une peine d'emprisonnement obligatoire pour les fraudeurs qui subtilisent à leurs victimes plus de un million de dollars.

« Le gouvernement défend les victimes de crimes en col blanc », a-t-il déclaré au moment de la présentation du projet de loi, lundi.

Le ministre de la Justice a ensuite attendu plus de 200 jours avant de procéder au débat à l'étape de la deuxième lecture. C'est vraiment ce que j'appelle défendre les victimes de crime: utiliser leur misère et leurs épreuves pour se faire du capital politique. C'est honteux.

L'opposition officielle a appuyé ce projet de loi depuis le début. Nous ne l'avons jamais caché. Tous les députés du Parti conservateur et tous les membres du gouvernement conservateur savent que l'opposition officielle appuie le projet de loi. Nous l'avons appuyé lors de la dernière session de la 40e législature. Nous avons été clairs à cet égard. Nous avons déclaré très publiquement notre appui. Les députés conservateurs qui affirment à la Chambre, ou à l'extérieur de celle-ci, que nous nous opposons au projet de loi ou que nous en retardons l'adoption ne disent pas la vérité. C'est une fausseté. Aucun Canadien ne devrait croire les députés conservateurs qui affirment à la Chambre, ou à l'extérieur, que l'opposition officielle n'appuie pas et n'a pas appuyé le projet de loi C-21, qui porte sur les crimes en col blanc.

Les Canadiens devraient se poser la question suivante: si un député conservateur est prêt à tenir des propos qui ne sont clairement pas véridiques et qui sont faciles à réfuter sur cette question, sur quoi d'autre les conservateurs disent-ils des faussetés? À quel autre sujet ne disent-ils pas la vérité? À quel autre sujet répandent-ils des faussetés? Les Canadiens devraient se poser cette question et se demander pourquoi le gouvernement conservateur prétend que l'opposition officielle n'appuie pas ou n'a pas appuyé ce projet de loi ou qu'elle a tenté de le retarder quand les faits démontrent clairement que le gouvernement a retardé son propre projet de loi afin de se faire du capital politique sur le dos des victimes de crime. C'est ignoble. C'est calomnieux. C'est déplorable.


Hon. Helena Guergis - Committee Evidence FEWO 45    


Hon. Helena Guergis
Simcoe—Grey, Ontario
Standing Committee on the Status of Women

That's a very good question.

As much as I want to highlight that we've made progress, please know that I know there is much more work to do. That's why I take great pride in the work I do at the agency.

One of the projects we're doing there, for my part, is Building Futures, which I started to touch on. These women have sometimes come from drug addictions and very violent situations. They go through an interview process to ensure that they're ready to turn that corner to come into this program in Edmonton. There are hundreds of women who come into this. They actually have housing on-site so they can bring their kids, or if they're single, they can live alone. They take their education at the same facility and they all work together. They have to provide day care so that they can take their course.

This is one of the things we're doing at the agency. These are the kinds of things in which, for my part, at Status of Women, we're trying to transfer that knowledge across the country and find those in each province who--including in Quebec--would want to know how they built this facility. Because the construction industry actually played a key role in terms of millions of dollars put in to build this facility, around $7 million. They also built the apartment complex that goes with it. We know that we can provide them these education opportunities, but if they don't have a place to stay, they can't finish the program.

So these are the kinds of things we're trying to do for the most vulnerable women at the agency.


Hon. Deepak Obhrai - Hansard 229    


Hon. Deepak Obhrai
Calgary East, Alberta
House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I would like to say that I will be splitting my time with the member for Brandon—Souris.

Today, I am happy to speak in support of Bill C-35, the justice for animals in service act, or Quanto's law. Quanto was an Edmonton Police Service dog who was fatally stabbed on October 7, 2013, while assisting police in apprehending a suspect. Regrettably, this tragic case is only one example of the many animals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

This landmark legislation proposes to amend the Criminal Code by creating a new offence that would specifically prohibit the injuring or killing of animals trained and being used to help law enforcement officers, persons with disabilities, or the Canadian Armed Forces. A person convicted under this new offence could face up to five years' imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in prison in all cases of indictable offences where a law enforcement animal is killed while assisting an officer in enforcing the law.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the hard work and contributions of my colleague, the member of Parliament for Richmond Hill. It was his original private member's bill that inspired this legislation. The constituents of Richmond Hill shared their concerns with my colleague, calling for a stronger punishment for those who deliberately injure or kill a law enforcement or service animal. Thanks to the efforts of this member, Quanto's law is a reality today.

This legislation recognizes the special role that law enforcement animals, military animals, and service animals play in the lives of Canadians and offers them greater protection in law by creating a specific offence. Second, this legislation would add a provision in the Criminal Code that would enhance the penalty for all forms of assault on law enforcement officers.

As members know, generally, unless the court specifically states that sentences are to be served consecutively, one after the other, or concurrently, simultaneously, to any outstanding sentence, the sentences are served concurrently, if arising out of the same event. This legislation would amend the Criminal Code to direct the courts that a sentence imposed for an assault committed against a law enforcement officer must be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed upon the offender arising out of the same event.

Attacks on law enforcement officers not only put the lives and safety of the individual officers at risk; they also attack and undermine the justice system more broadly. In recognition of this, in 2009, Parliament enacted section 718.02 of the Criminal Code, which provides that, when a court imposes a sentence for the offence of common assault, assault causing bodily harm or with a weapon, or aggravated assault, the court shall give primary consideration to the objective of denunciation and deterrence of the conduct. Requiring that consecutive sentences be imposed on persons who commit assault against law enforcement officers is consistent with the objective of the denunciation and deterrence of such conduct.

I am pleased to say that Quanto's law contains a provision that provides that a sentence imposed upon a person convicted of killing a law enforcement animal while it is aiding a law enforcement officer in carrying out that officer's duty shall be served consecutively to any other punishment arising out of the same event or series of events. It would send a clear signal to any would-be offenders that an attack on any law enforcement animal, military animal, or service animal is a serious matter deserving of serious punishment.

I would now like to say a few words about the mandatory minimum sentence of six months in prison in the case where a law enforcement animal is killed while assisting a law enforcement officer in enforcing the law. In the course of the second reading debate of this legislation, concerns were raised with regard to the constitutionality of the mandatory minimum penalty. As the Minister of Justice correctly pointed out when he appeared before the justice committee on Monday, April 27, the court has not ruled out mandatory minimum penalties as an option for Criminal Code sanctions. As the minister explained, Quanto's law's proposed mandatory minimum penalty is specifically tailored to ensure that it would not result in a sentence that would be grossly disproportionate to the offence committed.

The minister referenced several reasons to support this point. First, the Criminal Code conduct directed at the law enforcement animal must occur while it is aiding a law enforcement officer in carrying out the officer's duties.

Second, the mandatory minimum will only apply when the crown prosecutor elects to proceed by way of indictment. As the minister pointed out, prosecutorial discretion is always exercised with a careful eye to proportionality, constitutionality, and totality, which is the same consideration used by judges. Where the crown elects to prosecute the offence as a summary conviction, the mandatory minimum penalty will not apply.

Finally, in terms of the length of the mandatory term of imprisonment, the six-month term of imprisonment is at the lower end of the range. In this respect, it is worth noting that the court sentenced Quanto's killer to a global sentence of 26 months for a series of offences and made it clear that 18 of those 26 months were specifically for the killing of Quanto.

I will close my remarks by stating that it would appear to me that considerable care was taken in drafting Quanto's law to address the concerns of Canadians and some serious gaps that exist in our criminal law while at the same time being respectful of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

I congratulate the Minister of Justice and the member for Richmond Hill for their effort in accomplishing this important task.


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Ep. 50 Thieves of Virtue: How Bioethics Stole Medicine   


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