The Narwhal: Librarian rushes to archive Alberta’s climate change data before change in government

The Narwhal: Librarian rushes to archive Alberta’s climate change data before change in government. “University of Alberta librarian Katie Cuyler says industry experts and academics have requested she begin ‘guerrilla archiving’ critical information they fear could disappear under a new United Conservative government.”

Ottawa Start: Help OttWatch enter data for 2018 municipal election donations

Ottawa Start: Help OttWatch enter data for 2018 municipal election donations. “After about two weeks of effort, OttWatch and volunteers have digitized almost all campaign donation records for the 2018 municipal election. The website for city hall nerds, run by Kevin O’Donnell, now has more than 2,700 (over 78 per cent) of 3,490 donations for the 2018 vote entered into their database. It’s a much improved way of tracking donations — otherwise you’d have to sift through PDF filings for individual candidates.”

New York Times: Canada Joins the World in a Social Media Crackdown

New York Times: Canada Joins the World in a Social Media Crackdown. “Unlike the last American presidential election, or the current vote in Alberta, where I’m writing this week’s newsletter, there was no obvious cybermeddling when Canadians voted in 2015. This week, however, Canada’s digital security and spy agency reiterated its warning that the country won’t be immune from foreign online interference in the federal election this October.”

Picture this: thousands of Edmonton historical photos online (CBC)

CBC: Picture this: thousands of Edmonton historical photos online. “Last October the City of Edmonton Archives launched a new website and began transferring selected black and while images from its massive collection onto the new system. So far, [Tim] O’Grady and the team have managed to upload more than half of their target of 50,000 photos.”

CBC: Yukon’s contaminated sites now mapped online

CBC: Yukon’s contaminated sites now mapped online. “The Yukon government has published a new map that marks contaminated sites throughout the territory. It includes everything from relatively small diesel and aviation fuel spills to immense and ongoing cleanup projects like the Faro mine.”

Techdirt: Court Documents Show Canadian Law Enforcement Operated Stingrays Indiscriminately, Sweeping Up Thousands Of Innocent Phone Owners

Techdirt: Court Documents Show Canadian Law Enforcement Operated Stingrays Indiscriminately, Sweeping Up Thousands Of Innocent Phone Owners. “A wide-ranging criminal investigation involving eleven suspects has resulted in the reluctant disclosure of Stingray data by Canadian law enforcement. The Toronto PD and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police joined forces to deploy a surveillance dragnet that swept up thousands of innocent Canadians, as Kate Allen reports for the Toronto Star.”

BetaNews: Google Street View takes you to Devon Island, which isn’t on Mars

BetaNews: Google Street View takes you to Devon Island, which isn’t on Mars. “Ever hear of Devon Island? Yeah, neither have I. Apparently, it is an island in Canada that is referred to as ‘Mars on Earth’ by some, including Google. Why? Because of its similar terrain/environment to the ‘red planet.’ You see, the search giant seems very excited about bringing its popular Google Street view to this location. Truth be told, at first, I thought Google actually had miraculously brought Street View to the actual planet of Mars (silly me), but upon further investigation, my excitement was quickly extinguished when I discovered it was just a place here on Earth. But OK, I guess it’s still kind of cool.”