Canadian family budgets are tight and every nickel is important.We make countless purchases each and every day based on measurement and the Government is determined to protect Canadian consumers from paying more than they should as a result of measurement inaccuracy at the gas station and other places where goods are measured.
To this end, the Fairness at the Pumps Act, which amends the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and the Weights and Measures Act, came into force on August 1, 2014. This act will protect Canadian consumers against unfair retail practices, ensuring they get what they pay for when purchasing everyday consumer goods such as gasoline and groceries.It will mean greater fairness for consumers by placing more responsibility on retailers to ensure the accuracy of their measuring devices. Retailers will be required to have devices inspected regularly, and they will be subject to hefty fines if they do not comply. If businesses do not do their part to ensure measurement accuracy, they will be held to account.
The new measures:
Introduce mandatory inspection frequencies for retailers and other vendors who use measuring devices (scales, gas pumps, petroleum meters, etc.);
apply to measurement-based financial transactions in the retail petroleum, wholesale petroleum, mining, grain and field crops, dairy, forestry, retail food and fishing sectors;
establish administrative monetary penalties that augment an existing graduated enforcement approach to owners of non-compliant devices; and
bring in hefty fines and penalties for businesses that do not meet measurement accuracy requirements, including court-imposed fines of up to $10,000 for minor offences, up to $25,000 for major offences and up to $50,000 for repeat offences, and introduce a formal penalties system to back up these fines.
These measures are part of the government’s concrete actions to stand up for consumers first.
In keeping a major campaign promise, the Federal Government, in April 2012, received Royal Assent for the bill that eliminated the wasteful and ineffective Long Gun Registry. This registry unfairly targeted law-abiding Canadians, but did nothing to reduce crime or keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
Your Government will always stand up for the rights of law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters and will continue to take action to make our streets and communities safer by getting tough on real criminals.
To this end, in the next session of Parliament we will be introducing the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. This new legislation will simplify licensing, eliminate needless red tape for law-abiding gun owners and end superfluous paperwork to lawfully transport firearms. It will require mandatory firearms safety courses for first-time gun owners and strengthen firearms prohibitions for those who are convicted of domestic violence offences.
It will also restrict the ability of Chief Firearms Officers to make arbitrary decisions such as that made recently concerning Swiss Arms and the CZ-858. An Amnesty has been declared for law-abiding owners of the CZ 858 or Swiss Arms family of rifles. This will expire on March 14, 2016, but the Order Declaring an Amnesty Period (2014) will allow owners of the impacted firearms to lawfully use their property.
We will continue with our priority of keeping the public safe, through common sense policies.
Monday, the fourth of August, marked the centennial of the start of Canada’s participation in the Great War of 1914-1918. In response to the German invasion of Belgium and the British declaration of war on Germany, the Governor General, H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, declared a war between Canada and Germany. Canada was unprepared for a war with a tiny navy and a fledgling army of around 3,000 men.
By the end of the war, 619,636 Canadians had served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force from a population of around 8 million. 67,000 had been killed and almost 200,000 suffered wounds. Seventy-one Victoria Crosses were awarded to Canadians for extraordinary bravery.
For the first time our forces, under British strategic command, fought as a distinct and uniquely Canadian formation.The Canadian Expeditionary Forces fought almost 80 battles, actions and operations in France and Flanders. Canadian troops were also involved in Macedonia, the Dardanelles, Egypt and Palestine. Late and post-war actions saw Canadian forces engaged in Persia as well as Russia at Murmansk, Archangel and in Siberia.
This bloody and protracted “War to End All Wars” produced consequences that still reverberate in our society today. In this global calamity, four Empires had ceased to exist - the German, the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian, and the Ottoman (Turkish). The repartitioning of Europe, the Middle East and Africa has produced secular and religious conflicts to the present day. Shattered faith and cynicism with governments everywhere gave rise to extreme ideologies, such as fascism and communism, and created the conditions for a second World War less than a generation later.
Every November 11, we recognize those who served in World War I and in all the wars after it. “In Flanders Fields”, written by Canadian John McCrae after the Second Battle of Ypres, and the red poppies of Flanders that inspired the poem have become recognized symbols of remembrance throughout the Commonwealth. While there are none living now that fought in this war, it is fitting and proper that we remember the bravery and sacrifice of their generation.
As Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), it is my privilege to increase Western Canada's competitive advantage, demonstrating your Government’s commitment to supporting jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.
I recently attended the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 in Hampshire, England, one of the largest aerospace trade shows in the world. It is a prime opportunity for Canadian companies and organizations to do business with international aerospace representatives from industry and government, highlight innovations in the aerospace industry and to develop new procurement and export opportunities. The aerospace industry in the West has a strong reputation for innovation through research and development, as well as a highly-skilled workforce. WD’s ongoing commitment to furthering the gains of the western Canadian aerospace sector led to support for a two-year project with the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). WD funding of more than $600,000 supports seven key activities, including AIAC’s participation at the Farnborough International Airshow, in order to help the western Canadian aerospace industry, with over 100 Canadian companies represented, access global supply chains and increase its international competitiveness.
Other recent WD announcements include:
·An investment of $3.3 million toward the purchase and installation of specialized advanced manufacturing and product development equipment at the Alberta Centre for Advanced Micro Nano Technology Products (ACAMP), as well as training on the use of this new equipment for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through ACAMP's services, 10 companies have generated over $70 million in revenue per year and over 3,400 highly qualified personnel have been trained. Approximately 80 Alberta SMEs will benefit from this initiative, which is expected to result in the development of new product prototypes, the creation of new jobs in the field, as well as connections between SMEs and multi-national companies.
·Federal funding of $1 million will allow Northern Lakes College to purchase specialized equipment needed to establish a new power engineering steam lab at its Peace River Campus. The new facility will provide more power engineering students with the resources they require for certification. The project will help address the growing need for qualified power engineers in Alberta, specifically benefiting small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Slave Lake and Peace River regions. In addition, the initiative will provide surrounding First Nations and Métis communities with greater access to skills training programs needed for careers in the oil and gas, as well as forestry sectors.
·An investment of $150,000 in support of a pilot program that is providing Information Technology (IT) skills training and career opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) via the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Calgary’s new not-for-profit organization Meticulon Consulting Incorporated. Meticulon employs and trains talented people with ASD to carry out software testing, as well as deliver quality assurance and data verification services. This initiative is not only helping to improve the quality of life and level of independence for adolescents and adults with a diagnosis of ASD, but is also supporting local businesses in accessing quality IT services.
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