Hits and Misses Daily for Nov. 17

ING Robotic Aviation photo

ING Robotic Aviation photo

ING Robotic Aviation officially opened its Ottawa office today, with Industry Minister James Moore present to officially throw open the doors of the facility. The company is a Canadian leader in robotic aircraft solutions. According to the press release, "Industry Canada, through The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides significant support for the development of ING Robotic Aviation’s robotic aircraft systems."

The rest of the press release can be found below. To check out the company's website, visit http://ingrobotic.com/

From its start in the military sector, the company is developing technology, creating high-tech jobs, and exports because of its clear focus on the emerging opportunities for the provision of new services and products in the commercial sector globally.

The new space repurposes traditional suburban commercial facilities to produce a creative, integrated working environment which combines sales, marketing, operations production and R&D into a cohesive whole that can both inform and respond to customer requirements.

“We are excited to officially open our new facility in Ottawa,” states ING Robotic Aviation’s CEO, Ian Glenn. “This gives a focal point for our production and operations as well as a home for the back room functions.  What it represents is the further development of a home-grown high-tech company that is already developing technology, creating jobs and exporting products.  This is another step in our move into the commercial market."

“Our Government’s top priority is creating jobs and opportunities in our communities. That’s why we have steadily increased direct support for research and development to help Canadian companies commercialize their innovative product throughout the planet.” stated Hon James Moore.

Today, ING Robotic Aviation provides products and services for rapid, robust aerial mapping, inspections, and monitoring. The company continues to get the right information, into the right hands, at the right time, while also discovering whole new uses for robotic aviation. The company and the sector is at the leading edge of development of new high-tech jobs and exports, as well as providing highly effective services to Canadian industry.

Pakistan is tired of being seen by Canada only as a neighbour to troublesome, security-risk Afghanistan. The Pakistani High Commissioner, Abrar Hashmi, told the Ottawa Citizen in a sit down interview that the country is looking to reinvent bilateral relations to remind the Canadian government that it is much more than just a neighbour to the country where the West spent a decade-long war.

According to the article, the Mr. Hashmi said, “There are a lot of opportunities. Now that Canada is out from an active combat role in Afghanistan … we have to bring this relationship to full strength. There’s a huge potential of co-operation.”

Pakistan is looking for parliamentary exchanges, enhanced economic and commercial links, deeper cultural ties to the 300,000-strong Pakistani-Canadian community and more co-operation on such things as immigration and defence, Hashmi said.

In particular, there are three areas in which Canada has knowledge it can share with Pakistan, he said. One is the mining sector, another is education and the third is energy.

To read the full article, and to watch the video of the Citizen's interview with the high commissioner, follow this link.

An aerial photo of the Dahla Dam in Afghanistan. Canadian Forces combat camera photo.

An aerial photo of the Dahla Dam in Afghanistan. Canadian Forces combat camera photo.

A new report written on the Dahla Dam—Canada's 'signature' project in Afghanistan—has indicated that if reliable, annual funds to support the dam dry up, any progress the dam has made for local farmers and communities will also evaporate.

The report, a final assessment of the project, was submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development, and was obtained by Stephanie Levitz from the Canadian Press.

“From a practical perspective, unless funding is made available on an annual basis, over time the physical irrigation infrastructure will slowly deteriorate and the area under irrigation will decrease,” said the report.

More from the Canadian Press article:

"As the Afghan government struggles with budget shortfalls in the face of declining international aid, the financial future of the irrigation project is unclear, except for one thing: no more money is coming from Canada.

"With the report, the government has washed its hands of what the Conservatives had hoped would be a Canadian legacy in Afghanistan, but what the report suggests was a great deal of effort and expense for very mixed results.

"The $50-million program was launched in 2008 after a blue-collar panel suggested Canada focus its multibillion-dollar development efforts in Kandahar on specific “signature projects.”

"The program — officially called the Arghandab Irrigation Rehabilitation Project — focused on fixing the main canal and some 60 secondary canals supplying farm fields with water from the reservoir of the Dahla Dam."

Read the full article here.