Day of Mourning; La voiture toujours reine; Bank of Canada

Howard Pawley book launch, May 13. Helicopter safety. The US Fed's (Bank of Canada) future role needs to extend beyond simply keeping inflation low.

La voiture toujours reine
Les Montréalais utilisent toujours autant leur voiture pour leurs déplacements quotidiens
Métro (Montréal), Vincent Forter, le 28 avril 2011
Normand Parisien, de Transport 2000, indique que Montréal obtient habituellement une bonne note à ce chapitre en Amérique du Nord, mais que quand on se compare à l'Europe, ça fait plus mal. ... Selon Normand Parisien, pour encourager les gens à prendre le transport en commun, il faudrait mieux répartir le financement et améliorer les services. "Il faut instaurer des péages métropolitains, et on pourra ensuite réduire les tarifs du transport en commun", croit-il, Métro a rapporté

Experts tell inquest: aviation regulations must change
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Sally MacDonald, Apr. 28
The Canadian Aviation Regulations are ambiguous about low altitude flights over built-up areas, Lawson pointed out. Flights over "built-up areas" must be at an elevation above 1000 feet, the regulations say, but allow several exceptions, including for "flight inspection", the Cranbrook Daily Townsman reported.

Joseph Stiglitz Leads Progressive Discussion on Future of the Fed
The New America Foundation, April 27, 2011

The New America Foundation, in partnership with the Roosevelt Institute, hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of the Federal Reserve. Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and CEO Andrew Rich
discussed how the financial crisis has irrevocably changed Washington’s approach to monetary policy and called on progressives to actively engage inthis dialogue. “What we’ve learned is that the actions some thought would promote growth actually led to this historic financial crisis, the effects of which will be long-lasting,” said Stiglitz, who just last week was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. “Clearly the Fed’s future role needs to extend beyond simply keeping inflation low.”

Sony play station data breach fuels privacy concerns
The Globe and Mail, Omar El Akkad, Apr. 28
As problematic as the data breach itself is the extent to which criminals can now use the information gained to launch even more attacks. For example, malicious hackers could send out mass e-mails purporting to be from Sony and asking users to open an attachment in order to reset their PlayStation account information. The attachment could contain malicious code, known as malware, that would effectively take control of a user’s computer. Those infected machines could, in turn, be turned into a powerful supercomputer, known as a botnet, which could then be used in further attacks by hackers, the Globe and Mai reported.

Howard Pawley: Keeping True, A life in Politics 

Book Launch: Friday, May 13, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.  ONE Nicholas St. Ottawa

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) cordially invites you to a reception celebrating the publication of the autobiography of its long-serving Board member, Howard Pawley. Come meet Howard, together with the other Board members and staff of PIAC. You can get a personalized autographed copy of Howard’s book, along with a slice of pizza and a beverage all for the blue collar price of $30.00. Howard Pawley served for nineteen years as a member of the Manitoba Legislature (1969-1988), serving as Premier from 1981 to 1988. He is currently an associate professor emeritus in the department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. Please let PIAC  know if you will be coming. Contact Donna at or you can call her at 613-562-4002 ext. 21.