U.s. Government Shutdown Poses Risk To Canada’s Economy

The shutdown adds uncertainty to already jittery financial markets. It is the first closure of its kind since 1995, when then-House speaker Newt Gingrich led Republicans on a 21-day closure of all but essential federal operations. But the estimated economic impact resulting from a U.S. government shutdown economy initially projected to be much as $1 billion a day pales before fears of a U.S. debt default should the brinkmanship in Washington extend to Oct. 17, the deadline for Congress to extend the U.S. debt ceiling so the government can continue paying its bills. People talk about how the shutdown is a train wreck. But the real wall is the debt ceiling thats when the train hits the wall, with unprecedented consequences, said former Canadian diplomat Paul Frazer, now a Washington consultant. The difference in the magnitude of these two events cannot be overstated. A short shutdown is one thing. Weve seen them before.

Outrage: Tambuwal, Canada, APC, AYF condemn Yobe massacre

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Similarly, the Canadian government condemned the killing of the students by the sect, while Arewa youths called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently disband the committee he raised to dialogue with the sect on how to bring about peace. Meanwhile, a presidency source told Reuters that President Goodluck Jonathan met senior security aides late on Sunday to discuss how to respond to the latest deadly shift in tactics by the insurgents. Enoughs enoughAPC APC, in a statement issued in Warri, yesterday, by interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, condemned the killing of the students, calling it dastardly, senseless and indefensible. It called on traditional, religious, political and opinion leaders in the affected areas to intervene urgently to end the cycle of violence being perpetrated by the sect. APC said:It is clear that this Boko Haram menace cannot be resolved by the government alone, hence all stakeholders must urgently intervene to complement governments efforts to end the insurgency and get those behind it to embrace dialogue. There can be no justification for Boko Haram to continue to kill and maim innocent citizens, especially because the victims are not just fellow Nigerians like them, but most are actually their kith and kin. They must, therefore, put an immediate end to their cycle of violence and opt for dialogue. The longer this violence continues, the more difficult it becomes to resolve. Enough is enough! Survivors story One of the students that survived the attack, Ibrahim Mohammed, said: The extremists rode into the college in two double-cabin pickup all-terrain vehicles and on motorcycles. Some were dressed in Nigerian military camouflage. They appeared to know the layout of the college, attacking the four male hostels, but avoiding the one hostel reserved for women. We ran into the bush. Nobody is left in the school now Tambuwal reacts Tambuwal said the latest act, coming barely two months after a similar incidence at Government Secondary School, Mamudo, also in Yobe State, had gone beyond the realm of humanity as no reason could justify such dreadful acts. The Speaker, in a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, tasked security agencies to redouble their efforts and change their tactics, especially now that those engaged in the killings had increased their attacks on softer targets.

Canada must build routing infrastructure to skirt US snooping, CIRA says

26 when the Manitoba Internet Exchange (MBIX) flipped on the power to its switch housed in the Grain Exchange Building in Winnipeg. Its the fifth IXP to officially launch as part of a Canadian Internet Registration Authority initiative to see a number of the infrastructure anchors set down across the country. Toronto is home to TorIX, the countrys oldest exchange point, Calgary hosts one (YYCIX), Ottawa has OttIX, and the Montreal Internet Exchange (QIX) opened its doors May 1. MBIX has invited, but is yet to peer with, several of the regions Internet service providers, including MTS Allstream Inc., Rogers Cable Communications Inc, Telus Advanced Communications, Shaw Communications Inc., and Bell Canada. Current members include VOI Networks Inc., Akamai International, and LES.NET. Hurricane Electric is another peer on the network, which is a wholesale seller of Internet backbone and colocation services. Enter right now: D-Link Extreme SMB Network Makeover Contest Creating a local IXP where carriers and communications providers directly connect with each other to exchange traffic means that Internet traffic no longer has to travel through major U.S.-based Internet pipelines just to reach the other side of town. That means faster response times for Internet users, and reduced bandwidth costs for service providers. But having a network of IXPs that will move Canadian traffic horizontally across the country, rather than ping-ponging back and forth from U.S. hubs, will also help Canadian Internet users avoid exposure to the kind of surveillance activities that have recently come to light south of the border, according to Byron Holland, president and CEO at CIRA. All the events coming out of the U.S. with the NSA [National Security Agency] and the PRISM program highlight that its a good idea to keep traffic in your won jurisdiction as much as you can, he says. citizens.