RELATED NEW DELHI: Canada is keen to collaborate with India on cybersecurity by training its workforce so that both the countries utilise their strengths to tackle the issue, Canadian envoy said. Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck, while speaking in a function here said, India would require 5,00,000 people in cybersecurity while Canada has ten educational institutions in the province of Ontario alone that provide programmes on cybersecurity. “We believe both the countries have some strengths and we need to work together utilising them…We have ten educational institutions in the province of Ontario alone that provide programmes on cybersecurity. This is how we can collaborate with India,” Beck said. He said that Canada can be excellent partners with India in areas food security, energy security, education and infrastructure. Talking about Canadian pension funds, Beck said his country believes that India provides the long term secure and stable capital investment and as Canada has the strongest pension funds in the world, it wants these funds to come to India. He said that last week representatives of five largest Canadian pension funds were in India to talk about how to bring Canadian capital in this market. Those five funds alone represents around 700 billion dollars of investable capital. The Canadian financial system survived the 2008 financial crisis. “One of the concerns that the Canadian pension funds have is the taxation system in India. India has layers of tax. Canadians do not have any problems in paying tax. Already some Canadian pension funds have invested in India and although not large investments, but by normal standards its pretty large and we want to bring in more because we see the opportunities,” said Beck.
“I want to congratulate Angela Merkel. It’s a great victory,” Harper said during a joint press conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta. The Canadian prime minister noted that he and Merkel are the only two leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations who are still in office after sweeping to power in the mid-2000s. “Her victory is a strong personal victory and really an historic one,” Harper said, “And I look forward to speaking to Angela in the next few hours to congratulate her personally.” It was Merkel and her conservative Christian Democrats’ third consecutive election win. Letta at the end of a two-day official visit to Canada repeated an earlier statement calling the defeat of Germany’s upstart anti-euro party AfD a win for Europe. “The success of an anti-euro party in Germany would have been a catastrophe for Europe and Italy and, for global cooperation,” he said. “That didn’t happen and that’s a very good thing.” During his visit, Lette discussed with Harper the economy and trade, notably ongoing Canada-EU free trade talks. Italy is Canada’s 10th largest trading partner. Lette told reporters Italy must push privatization, as it looks to attract more foreign investment. He also invited Harper to visit his country in the first half of next year.
Canada contributes ‘direct and indirect’ support in fight against al-Shabab
Obviously, we’ll work very carefully with our partners in monitoring developments in this area.” The storming of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Saturday left 62 dead, including two Canadians, and scores of others wounded. The terrorist group is said to have deployed between 10 and 15 heavily armed militants in the attack. Kenyan troops continued to battle militants on Monday, reportedly killing three gunman and freeing several hostages. Although not a contributor to the United Nations-sanctioned African Union mission, Canada has been watching developments with interest so much so that now-retired general Walt Natynczyk was given an extensive briefing on the fight against al-Shabab during his time as chief of defence staff. “Canada is an active observer in the (African Union) and provides both direct and indirect support to the mission,” said a heavily censored briefing dated June 14, 2012, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act. Canada contributed US$5.8 million in 2011 towards logistical support for the military mission, another US$1 million to a UN trust fund to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and a further US$520,000 for the international political office in Somalia. “Indirectly, Canada is engaged in training initiatives through (Directorate of Military Training and Co-operation) to enable (African Union) troop contributing nations through the provision of staff and peace support operations,” said the briefing. That course, delivered twice a year at Camp Aldershot, N.S., involves junior officers from 26 countries who take part in workshops to better equip them to deal with child soldiers fighting in wars throughout Africa. The Harper government could be doing more, especially in the area of direct training of security forces in Kenya, retired general Rick Hillier told CTV’s “Power Play.” “I do think there is a good role that particularly our special forces and our police could play in helping them develop the necessary capabilities to provide their own security, provide their own stability better than they can do now,” Hillier said. The U.S. reportedly provides assistance to Somali intelligence agencies and helps run training camps for Ugandan peacekeepers, who carry the fight directly to al-Shabab. As many as 2,000 U.S.
Canada can make a difference in ending child and forced marriage
And infant deaths are 50 per cent more likely in these cases . Yet the heinous tradition of child and forced marriage is by no means only a developing world phenomenon. In 2012, as many as 1,485 possible forced marriage cases prompted the attention and resources of the U.K. governments Forced Marriage Unit which has been tasked with combatting the practice of forced marriage within Britain. There are signs this issue has made its mark in Canada as well. The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) has taken steps to determine the extent of forced and child marriage in this country. According to SALCOs preliminary research , one-quarter of the 219 forced marriage situations it has investigated in Ontario and Quebec over the past three years have involved children under the age of 18. The research further indicated that nearly half (44 per cent) of people identifying as victims of forced marriage situations were Canadian citizens and many of these marriages occurred outside the country, beyond the reach of the Canadian justice system . There is clearly a need for action, both at the government and community levels, in Canada as well as in the developing world. With Canadas leadership at the UN we can help to end this destructive practice everywhere in our lifetimes. For his part, Minister Baird has been outspoken in the fight to end child and forced marriage. We encourage him to continue in that role at this session of the UN. Beyond the UN, Baird could lead a Canadian initiative that includes smart interventions at home and abroad to combat this practice on the ground. We fully support Canadas efforts to lead on a UN resolution that would mark an international commitment to end child and forced marriage in all corners of the world. Such a resolution, as part of a broader ministerial initiative that works with communities themselves, would add the moral force of the international body to pressure member states to ban this practice within their borders, regardless of cultural, historic and social traditions.