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Resistance to Antibiotics: A Global Threat to Public Health

(Disponible en français: La résistance aux antibiotiques : une menace pour la santé publique de portée mondiale) Halting the spread of resistance to antibiotics is becoming one of the major global health challenges of the 21st Century. The most recent warning came in May 2016, when the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, commissioned by the UK…

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Parliament Remembers

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians will pause for a moment of silence to honour the more than 118,000 men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Formerly known as “Armistice Day”, Remembrance Day commemorates the armistice agreement between the Allies and Germany that…

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Update – Ratifying and Implementing Trade and Investment Treaties in Canada

Under Canada’s constitutional system, the conduct of foreign affairs is a royal prerogative power of the federal Crown. Consequently, the Executive Branch has the exclusive power to negotiate and conclude international treaties. Parliament has the exclusive power to enact legislation to implement those treaties. As Canada continues to enter into such treaties, a number of…

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A Primer on Driverless and Connected Vehicles

Driverless vehicles, otherwise known as autonomous, automated or self-driving cars, are no longer science fiction. Several companies around the world are testing both driverless and so-called “connected” vehicles. Canadian consumers can currently access vehicles with low levels of automation and connectivity. On 20 September 2016, the United States Department of Transportation unveiled guidelines for the…

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Coming in October – New HillNotes Series

Be on the lookout this fall for new posts on HillNotes, the Library of Parliament’s research and analysis blog. HillNotes provide high-quality and non-partisan overviews on topics of interest and relevance to Parliament. Since the opening of the 42nd parliament, readers have received information on topics ranging from Canada’s supply management regimes to trade negotiations,…