Saturday, November 16, 2019

Riit - Ataataga

The album ataataga was released on Oct. 25, 2019. The artist is Riit. This is electro pop. It is interesting to hear singing in Inuktitut. Music videos show enchanting worlds.

Riit is a Canadian Inuk musician from Pangnirtung.

Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water

The album Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne was released on Feb. 15, 2018. The comeback is here. She has been absent from music for some time. This music shares feelings of hope.

Avril Lavigne is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress.

Rae Spoon - I Can't Sleep

This sounds pretty interesting. The artwork drawing for this music album looks cool. The album is called Mental Health (Rae Spoon's 10th album). The artist is Rae Spoon. The release date was Aug. 16. The song "I Can't Sleep" shows an interesting low voice with talented vocals. A mysterious, fascinating, anxious and funny feel is created. Insomnia is an interesting topic.

Rae Spoon is a Canadian musician and writer. The musical style has varied from country to electronic rock.

Marijuana in Canada

Now that marijuana is legal in Canada, sales have increased. Take a look at these interesting statistics charts. Cannabis was banned in Canada from 1923. Now Cannabis in Canada is legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Medicinal use was legalized on 30 July 2001. The federal Cannabis Act came into effect on 17 October 2018 and made Canada the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to formally legalize it. Canada is the first G7 and G20 nation to do so.

Here is a list of 10 Canadian Marijuana Stocks that would be good for your Portfolio:
1. Canopy Growth Corp. - Market Cap: $12.4 billion
2. Aurora Cannabis - Market Cap: $10.61 billion
3. Aphria Inc. - Market Cap: $3.64 billion
4. The Cronos Group - Market Cap: $1.37 billion
5. The Hexo Corperation - Market Cap: $1.266 billion
6. CannTrust Holdings Inc. - Market Cap: $1.10 billion
7. Namaste Technologies Inc. - Market Cap: $547.42
8. OrganiGram Holdings - Market Cap: $759.73 million
9. Emerald Health Therapeutics - Market Cap: $513.91 million
10. The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. - Market Cap: $445.50 million

Definitions of Climate Change

Climate change occurs when changes in Earth's climate system result in new weather patterns. These patterns can last for several decades or longer. The climate system is comprised of 5 interacting parts: 
1) Atmosphere (air)
2) Hydrosphere (water)
3) Cryosphere (ice and permafrost)
4) Biosphere (living things)
5) Lithosphere (earth's crust and upper mantle)

The climate system receives almost all of its energy from the sun, with a relatively small amount from earth's interior. The system also gives off energy to outer space. When the incoming energy is greater than the outgoing energy, the climate system is warming. If more energy goes out, the earth experiences cooling. Long-term averages of weather are called "climate". Changes in the long term average are called "climate change". Human activities can change earth's climate. These activities are currently driving climate change through global warming.

Global warming is a long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system. There was an observed and continuing increase in average air and ocean temperatures since 1900 caused mainly by emissions of greenhouse gasses in the modern industrial economy. Many of the observed warming changes since the 1950s are unprecedented in the temperature records. In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report concluded, "It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century." There were emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. In the report, it says that during the 21st century, the global surface temperature is likely to rise a further 0.3 to 1.7 °C to 2.6 to 4.8 °C. These findings have been recognized by the national science academies of the major industrialized nations. Future climate change effects are expected to include rising sea levels, ocean acidification, regional changes in precipitation, and expansion of deserts in the subtropics. Surface temperature increases are greatest in the Arctic, with the continuing retreat of glaciers, permafrost, and sea ice. There would be more frequent extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires, heavy rainfall with floods, and heavy snowfall. There could be a threat to food security from decreasing crop yields, and the abandonment of populated areas due to rising sea levels. Greenhouse gases remain in the atmosphere for a long time. This means that climatic changes and their effects will continue to become more pronounced for many centuries even if further increases to greenhouse gases stop. Almost all countries are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Parties to the UNFCCC have agreed that deep cuts in emissions are required and that global warming should be limited. Public reactions to global warming and concern are increasing. A 2015 global survey showed that a median of 54% of respondents consider it "a very serious problem", with significant regional differences: Americans and Chinese (whose economies are responsible for the greatest annual CO2 emissions) are among the least concerned.

Multiple independently produced datasets confirm that between 1880 and 2012, the global average (land and ocean) surface temperature increased by 0.85 [0.65 to 1.06] °C. Since 1979 the rate of warming has approximately doubled. Since 1950, the number of cold days and nights have decreased, and the number of warm days and night have increased. Although the increase of the average near-surface atmospheric temperature is commonly used to track global warming, over 90% of the additional energy stored in the climate system over the last 50 years has accumulated in the oceans. The rest has melted ice and warmed the continents and the atmosphere. Climate proxies show the temperature to have been relatively stable over the two thousand years before 1850.

In the news: Climate Change and Global Warming:

Corbyn launches bid to declare a national climate emergency - Apr 27, 2019

Cost of climate change rising even faster - Apr 26, 2019

Climate change impacts weather, complicates forecasting - Apr 26, 2019

Thousands march for action on climate change in Montreal as city braces for flooding - Apr 27, 2019

New EPA document tells communities to brace for climate change impacts - Apr 27, 2019

Climate-change protesters glue themselves to the London Stock Exchange - Apr 25, 2019

Opposition pressures UK government to act on climate change - Apr 25, 2019

Global warming tips scales against the poor - Apr 25, 2019

Refugees to Canada

The term refugee can mean a forcibly displaced person who has fled their country of origin. It can also mean a person who was, on top of that, granted refugee status in the country the person fled to. Refugees and others seeking protection in Canada are seeking security and protection from threats to their own lives. Refugee claimants all go through a front-end security screening. Through this process, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) checks all refugee claimants on arrival in Canada. Since the screening was put in place in 2001, the number of claimants found to represent any kind of security concern has been statistically insignificant. It is more difficult to enter Canada as a refugee than as a visitor, because the refugee determination process involves security checks by CSIS and the RCMP, fingerprinting and interviews.

Here are some news about refugees to Canada:

How Syrian refugees to Canada have fared since 2015 - May 21, 2019

Canada nixes ‘safe country’ policy from Harper-era as asylum claims rise - May 17, 2019

Looming election turns up the heat on refugees - May 19, 2019

Opinion: Canada must protect its border - May 21, 2019

Canada's 'rigid' asylum system unable to respond to spikes in refugee claims, auditor general finds - May 7, 2019

Thousands of Saudi students remain in Canada, despite Riyadh's pledge to axe scholarships - May 21, 2019

Canada ends the Designated Country of Origin practice - May 17, 2019

Where Ontario can make cuts: Stop giving welfare to refugees who should be deported - May 9, 2019

From horrors of war to refugee in Canada: teacher helps student share his story - May 14, 2019

AGAR: Trudeau refuses to protect our border from illegal aliens - May 20, 2019

Canada and Saudi Arabia Relations

Relations between Canada and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are interesting. The countries share important economic ties, with Saudi Arabia representing Canada's second largest trading partner in the Middle East. The relationship increased in February 2014 with the purchase of C$15 billion worth of Canadian arms by Saudi Arabia. Until August 2018, there were over 16,000 Saudi students on government scholarships in Canada.

Here are some news about Canada and Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia withdrawing students from Canadian schools, suspending flights - Aug 6, 2018

For Canada, the G20 summit in Saudi Arabia could be far more tense than most - Jul 10, 2019

Canada should lead campaign to move G20 summit out of Saudi Arabia, says UN expert - Jul 5, 2019

Canadian Labour Congress urged to denounce Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia - Jun 26, 2019

Canadian Export Agency Lifts Suspension on Saudi Arabia Business - Jul 2, 2019

Saudi Arabia Controls North America’s Largest Oil Refinery - Jul 16, 2019

UN calls on Canada, U.S. to hold Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman accountable in Khashoggi killing - Jun 20, 2019

Canada still shipping LAVs to Saudi Arabia despite human rights concerns - Jun 27, 2019