Microsoft Canada collaborates with Arlene Dickinson to fuel YouInc.com community for entrepreneurs

“We think Canada is fighting against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction globally. We are completely sure that Canada, like ourselves, is promoting human rights,” Auster said. But he said leaving it out of the current negotiations would set “a kind of negative precedent” in the EU’s future treaty talks. Auster suggested that could give other countries, perhaps those with less stellar human rights records, some wiggle room to keep those two issues out of their agreements with the EU. “We think because we share these rights, we want to demonstrate to a third country that we do share them, and not create a precedent,” he said. “That’s why we’re discussing them in the context of both the agreements.” Roth said Canada is committed to strengthening its co-operation with the EU in the two areas, but he did not comment in detail about the negotiations because they are ongoing. “The SPA represents an extension of our ongoing co-operation with the EU in these areas. The SPA is a platform from which we can strengthen our partnership through enhanced dialogue, in areas beyond trade and investment.” Roth also noted that the negotiations of the final text of the SPA were “well advanced” when the EU’s former chief negotiator on the file retired this past February. Coninsx moved to play down the issue, saying it could be solved. “It’s just a question of finding a right wording.” Overall, the envoy said the free trade talks have “intensified over the last weeks,” and “there is very good progress which has been made.” Coninsx appeared to be moving to dial down some of the heated rhetoric between both sides that has emerged in recent months as the free trade talks have dragged on. The European side has said an agreement could have been reached as early as this past February; Canada has shot back, saying it won’t sign a deal that is bad for the country.

Canada PM “very concerned” about spying report

Markets open in 1 hr 54 mins Canada PM “very concerned” about spying report Canada’s prime minister says he’s “very concerned” by reports that Canada is spying on Brazil By Rob Gillies, Associated Press | Associated Press 46 minutes ago View Photo Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff leaves after attending the opening of a global conference on child labor in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Brazil on Monday demanded clarifications from the Canadian government about allegations that its spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, in what Rousseff said appears to be an act of industrial espionage. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s prime minister said Tuesday he’s “very concerned” about allegations that his country’s spies hacked phones and computers belonging to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry and that Canada’s ambassador is working to repair the damage. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said industrial espionage appears to be behind the alleged spying of the country’s Mines and Energy Ministry. Canadian companies have large mining interest across the globe, including about 40 companies in Brazil. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canadian government officials are “reaching out very proactively” to Brazilian counterparts at the foreign ministry. Harper said he could not comment further on “national security operations.” Brazil Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo summoned the Canadian ambassador in the capital, Brasilia, and demanded explanations, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday that followed the revelations that aired Sunday night on Brazil’s Globo network. The report was based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and was the latest case showing that Latin America’s biggest nation has been a target for United States, British and now Canadian spy agencies. The report said Canadian documents presented at an intelligence conference attended by the U.S., Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand suggest that hackers at Canada’s Communications Security Establishment used specialized software to get information from phones and computers at the Ministry of Mines and Energy. It didn’t indicate if emails were read or phone calls listened to.

8, 2013 /CNW/ – Microsoft Canada is very proud to announce a new collaboration with one of Canada’s most notable business icons, Canadian business leader Arlene Dickinson , in support of her new online community YouInc.com that celebrates and empowers entrepreneurs around the world. Microsoft Canada is bringing its business technology expertise to YouInc.com, the online community and resource hub for entrepreneurs. The collaboration between the technology leader and a venture capitalist on the CBC hit series Dragons’ Den, Arlene Dickinson launched on Wednesday, October 2 . “Microsoft Canada is extremely excited to support this incredible initiative. We believe that entrepreneurs and SMB’s have a significant role in driving innovation in Canada . Technology is the foundation for successful businesses and we are thrilled that Microsoft Canada will be the platform to enable entrepreneurs and SMB’s realize their full potential” said Dennis Cerasoli , Vice President, Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners Group at Microsoft Canada As part of the collaboration, Microsoft Canada will co-create new content for YouInc.com on business technology solutions for entrepreneurs, including in-depth articles and features, exclusive offers, and direct access to experts with whom entrepreneurs can interact with for advice on technology challenges they may encounter. “Technology is the fuel for our growing entrepreneurial economy,” said Dickinson. “To be the best in the world, entrepreneurs need to have the technological tools and support which enable them to put their ideas and innovations into tangible, successful action, so I couldn’t ask for a better collaborator than Microsoft Canada.” YouInc.com gives entrepreneurs a community through which they can share, connect and grow through help and insights from peers and recognized experts alike. Microsoft Canada has a proud history of working with small and medium sized businesses to provide the full suite of technological solutions to enable them to reach their full potential. About Microsoft Canada: Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq “MSFT”) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga , Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca .