Brazil Demands Canada Explain Spying Allegations

Canada hiring more Filipinos to fill out 14,000 job vacancies

One of the largest was at the B.C. legislature over proposed pipeline projects to which First Nations communities have been lining up in opposition. In Victoria, 250 people gathered outside the legislature to show their support in the fight against climate change and what they described as Canada’s plans to expand the energy industry at the expense of the climate. Protesters carried a long, black pipeline mock-up that stretched across the building’s front steps, the slogan “Pipelines, Gateway to Climate Disaster” written across the side. Others toted placards that read, “B.C., Not a Carbon Corridor.” Eugene Boulanger, 26, from the Northwest Territories, said Canada’s politicians need to know that Canadians of all stripes are concerned about climate change and the impact of resource development on First Nations rights. “I wish our elected leadership in this country could use their imaginations and that they could provide us with other options besides tar sands and pipelines,” Boulanger said. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Gov. Gen. David Johnston all released statements about significance of the proclamation. In Ottawa, the head of Canada’s largest aboriginal group said the anniversary should be the catalyst for action on a number of fronts. “Two-hundred and fifty years, we still, with every government including this one are saying that the time for First Nations to help drive a future must be led by them,” said Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. “Not just on land.

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Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo summoned the Canadian ambassador in the capital, Brasilia, to “transmit the indignation of the Brazilian government and demand explanations,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that followed the revelations, aired Sunday night on Brazil’s Globo network. The report said the metadata of phone calls and emails from and to the ministry were targeted by Canada’s Communications Security Establishment to map the ministry’s communications. It didn’t indicate if emails were read or phone calls listened to. The report was based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and was the latest showing that Latin America’s biggest nation has been a target for United States, British and now Canadian spy agencies. During Monday’s meeting, Figueiredo expressed “the government’s repudiation of this serious and unacceptable violation of national sovereignty and the rights of people and companies,” the Foreign Ministry statement said. A spokeswoman for Canada’s Communications Security Establishment said the “CSE does not comment on foreign intelligence gathering activities.” A spokeswoman for the Canadian Defense Department also declined comment. Ray Boisvert, a former high-ranking member of Canada’s spy service and the deputy director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service until last year, said he thinks the documents might have been a case of Canada using Brazil as part of a pretend war game scenario and not actual espionage. He added that he didn’t think there was industrial spying going on because “we’re all too busy chasing things that could kill people, frankly.” Boisvert said from the reports there’s no indication that it’s about real targeting. “It’s a hypothetical thing, like ‘Could we do something?’ Quite often it’s an exercise and they’ll use any country just to test the theories,” he said. In comments Monday on Twitter, Rousseff said industrial espionage appears to be behind the alleged spying. Canadian companies have large mining interest across the globe, including in Brazil. In her Twitter comments, which the president’s office confirmed were authentic, Rousseff also instructed Mines Minister Edison Lobao to beef up the ministry’s data protection systems.

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Patinio, Philippine News Agency October 8, 2013 2:45 AM InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines – Job opportunities await many Filipinos planning to work in Canada with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Canadian government. With the MOU, Labor undersecretary Danilo Cruz said that the signing of the agreement will open possible work prospects for Filipino workers as the Canadian government is looking at the Philippines and other Asian countries to fill out at least 14,000 job vacancies in Saskatchewan to keep up with the labor demands of its still growing economy. Over the last four years, the Philippines has become the largest source country for both immigrants and temporary workers for Canada, overtaking China and India as the traditional sources, he said at the sidelines of the signing held in Makati City on Monday. Cruz, together with the contingent from Saskatchewan province of Canada led by its Premier, Brad Wall, signed the MOU which aims to upgrade the provision of the previous MOU between both countries in 2006. According to the Canadian official, some employers from Saskatchewan, which is one of the economic powerhouses in Canada, are currently here in the country to hire workers for an initial 150 job vacancies. However, he noted that they expect to hire more workers in the coming months. Not very long ago, we have a hundred (migrants) per year. Now we have about 3,000 per year and we still have a labor shortage, Wall added. The updated MOU will contain the following new provisions: identification of cooperation priorities; exchange of information; prohibition of charging of recruitment fees to workers; enjoining the employers recruiting overseas Filipinos workers (OFW) outside the Philippines to course hiring in the nearest Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO); enforcement of regulations to protect workers. Among the most in-demand jobs in Canada are in the fields of business, natural and applied sciences, health, social science, education, government service, trade, transportation, oil and gas processing and manufacturing. If you go in a website called Saskjobs.Ca today there are usually around 10,000 unfilled jobs. So in order to keep our economy growing we need to focus on the labor shortage and a part of that is international recruitment, Wall said. He added that many Canadian employers prefer Filipinos because of their fluency in the English language and commendable work ethics. Our employers value the strong work ethic and high literacy skills of Filipino workers, and we will need them to meet the ambitious targets we have outlined in our Growth Plan, the Canadian official said.