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2010 Olympics Research Resources

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Now seems like a good time to look at government sources of information regarding the upcoming winter Olympics.  There is an impressive array of information freely available on the web from government sites: reports, contracts, statistics, financial accounts, media releases etc. 2010 Winter Games Secretariat:  From the BC government this site is a rich source […]

Atlas of Canada: 2010 Winter Olympics

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The online Atlas of Canada from Natural Resources Canada has recently added a theme page covering the upcoming 2010 Olympic games. “In advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Atlas of Canada is pleased to provide to the public a special series of maps on the following themes. The maps in the 2010 Winter Olympics […]

Acts of the Parliament of Canada

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Students, faculty and staff at UBC Library now have online access to the session laws of the Acts of the Parliament of Canada – 1926 – 2007 via the subscription database HeinOnline.  Print copies are also available – covering the years 1867 – 2007 at call number KG16 .A25

Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC)

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Well it turns out that we have a national cryptologic agency and it has quite an interesting website. First, what does the agency do? CSEC  provides “the Government of Canada with two key services: foreign signals intelligence in support of defence and foreign policy,  and the protection of electronic information and communication.” Website Features: provides […]

UN names Canada as major producer of “Party Drugs”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The United Nations has just released the 2009 World Drug Report and has named Canada, particularly the West Coast as  a major producer and exporter of ecstasy and methamphetamine. See the full report here.

Canada Gazette – Digitization project

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

This isn’t exactly news, since this project began in 2007, but it was news to me!  According to a statement on the Gazette website “the Canada Gazette Directorate is working in partnership with LAC to digitize all issues dating from 1841 to 1997, so as to make them accessible to the public.” The project is […]

Crushing Statistics – StatsCan

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Hmmm… let’s file this under “learn something new.” I must admit when I read this headline in StatsCan’s  The Daily, I was expecting to read an abstract about workplace safety or to find some sort of accident statistics table at the very least.  Not so.  Crushing in this circumstance refers to the amount of oilseeds […]

2008 Employment Equity Act Annual Report released

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

 The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today tabled the 21st Annual Report on the Employment Equity Act in the House of Commons.  “The report examines the hiring, retention and promotion of the four groups designated under the legislation: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. The findings in the report, […]

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