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Economic Indicators: A Graphical Look at Canada’s Economy

Like other nations, Canada and its economy are ever-changing. In part, these changes can be assessed by examining what are sometimes characterized as key economic indicators. In chart form, this HillNote uses the most recent annual or monthly data, as appropriate, to provide information on a number of key economic indicators, including: gross domestic product;…

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Climate Change: Implications for Canadian Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture

Climate change is increasingly challenging the sustainability of Canada’s $3.5-billion marine fisheries and aquaculture, two industries of particular economic and social importance to communities on all three coasts. The challenges of dealing with climate change are complicated by uncertainties about its impact. This makes it even more difficult for managers and policy makers – on…

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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Moving Forward

Following 25 years of negotiations, in a landmark vote of the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007, 143 countries voted to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. For many of the world’s Indigenous peoples, the Declaration represents a major turning point in the recognition and protection of their…

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Canada’s Gold Reserves Reach Historic Low

Canada’s gold reserves have fallen to almost zero. As of 29 April 2016, the nation’s official gold reserves stood at a record low 55 ounces, valued at US$70,711. This followed the sale of 95,839 ounces of gold, valued at US$107.1 million, between December 2015 and April 2016. Canada’s gold reserves peaked at just over 1,000…

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The State of Broadband Internet in Canada

Canadians are among the highest Internet users in the world, according to comScore Canada. With advances in e-commerce and mobile communication, as well as increased participation in social media, broadband (or “high-speed”) Internet has become an integral part of Canada’s infrastructure. However, as broadband speeds increase, so does the “availability gap” between Canada’s urban and…

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The Regulation of Marijuana under Canadian Law

Marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis, has been legally prohibited in Canada since 1923. The 2002 report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs noted that there was little debate surrounding this addition to the criminal law at the time; as such, the precise motivation for doing so remains unclear. Today, the prohibition of cannabis…