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Net-zero emissions goals unrealistic

Canada must scale up deployment of domestic “clean technology” if it hopes to meet its 2030 emissions targets, according to a report released today by Deloitte Canada. “There's been incredible analysis and activity,” says DC partner Karen Hamberg, who advises on industrial-scale clean technology. “One piece that's always been missing is the degree to which made-in-Canada clean technology is going to be part of our solutions.” [node:read-more:link]

Convoy lawyer sued for defamation

Brendan Miller, the Alberta lawyer representing a group of “Freedom Convoy” protestors before the Emergencies Act inquiry, is being sued for defamation over his claim that Brian Fox, a partner in a public relations firm carried a Nazi flag into the Ottawa blockade in February in an attempt to discredit the protestors. Miller tried to dismiss the suit November 24 as “intimidation” but Fox, who has received death threats, was not even in Ottawa when the alleged incident occurred. [node:read-more:link]

Alberta to build world’s largest hydrogen plant

A $1.6-billion hydrogen plant is going ahead in Edmonton after the federal and Alberta governments agreed to contribute more than $460 million toward its construction. The Air Products Canada plant, described as the largest of its kind in the world, is designed to produce up to 100,000 tonnes of hydrogen annually when fully operational. [node:read-more:link]

Apple a charging cable outlier

Members of the European Parliament have voted overwhelmingly for draft legislation which would require all new portable devices such as telephones, tablets, peripherals, GPS devices and cameras to use a common USB-C charging cable. Individual national government are expected to grant approval October 24 before the measure, which would make Apple Inc. a global outlier with its proprietary Lightning cable, is signed into law. [node:read-more:link]

Apple discloses IOS vulnerabilities

Users of iPhones, iPads, iMacs and some older iPods are being advised to update their operating systems after Apple disclosed two vulnerabilities which could give hackers “full admin access” to the devices. Issued last week, the disclosure evidently received little attention outside of technical publications and Apple explained only that the problem has been discovered by an anonymous researcher. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. diplomatically boycotting Winter Olympics

The U.S. administration announced today that it would not send diplomatic or other official representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics which are scheduled Feb. 4-20 in China. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said it was a “clear message” that China’s human rights record meant that there could not be “business as usual.” [node:read-more:link]

UofT scientist wins major prize

University of Toronto theoretical physicist and professor Sajeev John has won this year’s Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. The prize, which comes with key funding, recognizes his work since 1984 on trapping light, a technology which has been used in laser surgery and now is seen as having applications for improving solar power technology. [node:read-more:link]

COVID-19: Investing in the future

Canada will become home to Moderna’s first foreign vaccine research and manufacturing facility within two years. The Massachusetts company confirmed today that it has signed an MoU with the federal government to set up the facility but location and financing details were not disclosed. [node:read-more:link]

5G opponents lose latest legal fight

A crowdfunded attempt to block the rollout of 5G mobile technology in Britain has been blocked by a judge. The group behind the case, who say the equipment emits harmful radiation, had raised more than £160,000, says it will continue to press for a judicial review despite its latest setback. [node:read-more:link]

High hopes for hydrogen

A business and environmental strategy designed to promote hydrogen as a renewable and low-carbon energy source has been rolled out by the B.C. government. Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation, said July 6 that short-term goals include regional supply hubs and measures to increase the numbers of medium and heavy-duty vehicles powered by hydrogen. His department estimates the gas could reduce the province’s annual carbon emissions by 7.2 million tonnes by 2050. [node:read-more:link]

Cyberdefence overhaul for NATO

The NATO Communication and Information Agency plans to procure new cyber defence systems as part of a sweeping upgrade. Starting in early 2022 and worth a projected €27 billion to contractors, the project includes new firewalls, penetration testing tools, and other defensive technologies. [node:read-more:link]

Drone operators get new App

NAV CANADA has launched an app designed to enhance the safety of drone operations in controlled airspace. help drone pilots and operators safely and legally fly their remotely piloted aircraft systems. The air navigation service provider said it received nearly 16,000 flight authorization requests in the second half of last year, a 54 per cent jump from the same period in 2019. [node:read-more:link]

Commercial supersonic service on the horizon?

Nearly two decades after the Anglo-French Concorde was retired service, United Airlines has signed an agreement to buy 15 smaller platforms from Colorado-based Boom Supersonic, which has been developing new technologies since 2014. Whether the deal can be realized evidently won’t be known until 2026. [node:read-more:link]

French AI powerhouse planned

The French technology companies, Thales and Atos, have announced a joint venture in a bid to become the country’s artificial intelligence and megadata powerhouse for public and private sector clients. “With the exponential rise in the number of sources of information, and increased pressure to respond more quickly to potential issues, state agencies need to manage ever-greater volumes of heterogeneous data and accelerate the development of new AI applications where security and sovereignty are key,” they said May 27. [node:read-more:link]


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