This week at the Canada Institute, I helped with a few more one-pagers about Canada-U.S. relations for members of Congress on the following fascinating topics:
– Canadian hydro-electric power, which is sold to the United States by the bucket (or mega-watt, if you prefer). I read up on Niagara Falls and learned that the exchange of energy and resources across the border exceeded $100 billion (US) in 2011. That is a lot of water wattage.
– Anti-human trafficking initiatives of the RCMP, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies. According to the United Nations 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor globally, and human trafficking is one of the most lucrative criminal activities in the world. It is also one of the most difficult to detect.
When I over heard some foreign nannies discussing their positions in DC households, I wasn’t sure if they were just venting or I should pass them the one-pager (with information on who to call if you’re trapped in a human trafficking situation). Hopefully they were just venting…
– Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBET) established by the 2001 Smart Border Declaration between the United States and Canada. Their catch phrase? Keeping borders “open for business, but closed to crime.”
– Cooperative efforts of the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, which, let’s be honest, are just an excuse for Chris Hadfield to play the guitar in outer space:
Learning a lot – tune in next week for the continuing adventures of Interning at the Canada Institute!