January 9, 2019
Le 9 janvier 2019

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Nouvelles de PSC-GPC News
PSC has launched its first YouTube video:

Buying a home? What you need to know
The video is the cumulative effort of the PSC Public Relations Committee and ACART Communications. Read about this and other initiatives in the upcoming quarterly report. Please share:
Association News / Nouvelles des associations
Historical Tour to France for Surveyors
AOLS In Sight January 4, 2018
Association of Ontario Land Surveyors

"Adventure, travel and history opportunity!

Doug Culbert, OLS and Vicky Culbert from the Archival and Historical Committee of the AOLS are planning to walk through history in Normandy this fall. A tour has been planned with Elison Tours and you are invited to join on this two-week adventure!

Please find below the links to the information about this trip. It is open to people working in the Land Surveying business and their families. The travel insurance is not mandatory, but highly recommended - not necessarily from Carlson, many plans are available.






If you have any questions regarding this tour or to make arrangements, please contact Ellison Tours directly:

Rick Wendler
(519) 235-2000 x.278

If you have any further questions after talking to Ellison Tours, Vicky Culbert is there to answer them - please contact her at vickymarieculbert@yahoo.ca "
In the Media / Dans les médias
Anglers win Supreme Court battle against U.S. billionaire over access to lakes, roads
CBC News
A precedent-setting B.C. Supreme Court decision has ruled that the public should be able to access fishing lakes near Merritt, B.C., after years of what has been described as a "David and Goliath" legal battle.
For years, the Douglas Lake Cattle Company (DLCC), the largest working ranch in Canada, owned by U.S. billionaire Stan Kroenke, and a group of determined anglers have been going head to head. Read more
'Tarontos Lac': Geographer finds oldest known reference to Toronto on 340-year-old French map
Rick Laprairie got the surprise of his life when he examined a 1678 French map of Ontario
CBC News
Geographer Rick Laprairie has been studying early maps of the Great Lakes for about 25 years, but he recently came across what he calls "a piece of Toronto history that no one else had really noticed" — the earliest known map with what would eventually become this city's name.
"I was really trying to put together a list of maps that would Identify the geographic evolution of the area that Toronto sits on, as well as the names." 
During his research, Laprairie learned of a 17th century map of Ontario at the Bibliothè?que nationale de France in Paris. In March 2017, he ordered a high resolution, digitally enhanced copy of it and when he received access to it, he got the surprise of his life. Read more
New county surveyor enjoys historical aspect of job
Albany Democrat-Herald
As a history buff, new Linn County Surveyor Tom Casey’s job says the best part of the job is helping people research information about land ownership and transactions — information that could offer important clues about their families.
“I enjoy reading about history, especially about the Civil War,” he said. “Lands in Oregon were surveyed before it was a state. Trying to figure out old surveys from the 1850s is great fun.” Read more
Big Land Claim battle in southern Alberta wraps up in Federal Court
CBC News
A judge in Calgary is hearing the final arguments in a long-running Indigenous land claim that affects a large swath of territory in southern Alberta.
Lawyers representing the Crown and the Blood Tribe wrapped up their cases Thursday in what's become known as the Big Land Claim at Federal Court. Read more
7 maps that tell the story of Ottawa
CBC News
For city archivist Paul Henry, maps are just one more way to tell Ottawa's story.
"You can see the resilience of community over time. You can see the evolution of a community over time," says Henry, who recently gave CBC Ottawa access to its vast collection of city maps.
"You get a real sense of history in the place names and the street names." Read more
Skull found with other human remains in Waxahachie woods
DallasNews
Waxahachie police are trying to identify human remains discovered in a wooded area Tuesday in a search that began when a surveyor found a skull. Read more
As It Was: Oregon-California Surveyors Face Mishaps in 1868
JPR Jefferson Public Radio
The boundary between the Oregon Territory and Mexico had been established as the 42nd parallel-north-latitude until 1848, when Mexico ceded territory to the United States that became known as the State of California.
It was another 20 years before a survey crew established the boundary on the ground between Oregon and California. A question lingered over whether certain lakes belonged to Oregon or California. Read or listen more
Scientists have discovered a cave that may be the largest in Canada, and it's never been seen before by humans
Business Insider Australia
- Members of a Canadian caribou-count exploration in April spotted a massive cave in British Columbia.
- A geologist, an archaeological surveyor, and a caver travelled to the enormous pit in September for a survey of the area.
- The researchers said the cave is “truly immense” and could be the largest in Canada.  Read more
‘Native Land’ Map Helps You Recognize Which Indigenous Territory You Live On
Huffpost
Are you on unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territory? The territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and Mississaugas of the Credit River? Or unceded Abenaki/Abénaquis, Kanien'kehá:ka, Haudenosauneega (St Lawrence Iroquois), and Huron-Wendat territory?
If you don't know, a website called Native Land can help answer the question for you. Read more
International News / Informations internationales
Dreaming of Stornoway mists
A writer’s journey to a windswept Scottish island is inspired by the legacy of India’s first surveyor general
livemint
I never imagined that mapping the story of India’s first surveyor general would lead me to a tiny town (population 8,000) on a windswept island in the Outer Hebrides. And I certainly did not imagine I would find myself inadvertently locked out of the apartment there at night. Read more
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
London Gatwick Airport closure because of drones extends into Friday
Holiday plans disrupted for tens of thousands as police, military hunt for perpetrators
CBC News
Tens of thousands of passengers were delayed, diverted or stuck on planes Thursday as the only runway at Britain's Gatwick Airport remained closed into a second day after drones were spotted over the airfield.
The airport south of London — Britain's second-busiest by passenger numbers — said all incoming and outgoing flights were suspended until further notice on a day when 115,000 people were scheduled to pass through, many en route to seasonal breaks.
Gatwick first closed its runway Wednesday evening after two drones were spotted.   Read more

Le trafic aérien brièvement perturbé à Heathrow après un signalement de drone
Le Devoir
Près de trois semaines après la pagaille causée par de mystérieux drones à Gatwick avant Noël, l’aéroport londonien d’Heathrow, le plus fréquenté d’Europe, a été brièvement perturbé à son tour et contraint de suspendre des vols au départ durant une heure environ.
« Les vols ont repris », a déclaré à l’AFP une porte-parole de l’aéroport situé à l’ouest de la capitale britannique. Elle n’était pas en mesure de préciser le nombre de vols affectés par l’incident.
L’aéroport avait peu auparavant annoncé sur Twitter répondre à « un signalement de drone » et travailler « étroitement avec la police londonienne pour empêcher toute menace à la sécurité opérationnelle ». Lire plus
La reconnaissance faciale d’Android flouée par des photos
Radio-Canada
De nombreux téléphones Android n'arrivent pas à différencier une photo d'un vrai visage lors du déverrouillage par reconnaissance faciale, révèle une étude néerlandaise.
Parmi les 110 téléphones testés, 42 ont été bernés par des photographies en haute définition lors de contrôles de sécurité menés par Consumentenbond (Nouvelle fenêtre), un organisme de défense des droits des consommateurs des Pays-Bas.
Tous les téléphones fautifs fonctionnent à l’aide d’Android, et certains proviennent de fabricants reconnus, tels que Samsung, Sony, LG, Xiaomi et Huawei. Plusieurs autres appareils utilisant Android ont toutefois réussi l’épreuve. Lire plus

Facial recognition doesn't work as intended on 42 of 110 tested smartphones
Devices from Asus, BlackBerry, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and Xiaomi failed a basic "photo test."
ZDNet
Dutch non-profit has tested 110 smartphone models and found that the facial recognition feature used for locking devices doesn't work as intended on 42 phones.
The study, carried by Consumentenbond and its international partners, found that holding up a photo of the phone's owner is enough to unlock 42 of the tested smartphones. Read more
A new vehicle for surveyors on rough terrain?

Hyundai dévoile un véhicule-robot sur 4 pattes
Radio-Canada
Le constructeur sud-coréen Hyundai a présenté lundi un concept de véhicule à quatre pattes, mi-voiture mi-robot, capable non seulement de rouler, mais aussi de marcher et de ramper pour être utilisé sur des terrains escarpés lors de missions de sauvetage, par exemple.
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Ce véhicule, qui a des allures d'engin lunaire, pourrait aussi servir à explorer la Lune ou Mars, ont affirmé les dirigeants du projet. Lire plus

hyundai four-legged car concept forecasts future of first responder industry
designboom
blending technology found in electric cars and robots, hyundai describes their latest concept as the future of first response vehicles. debuting at CES 2019, ‘elevate’ is an ultimate mobility vehicle (UMV), designed to prepare communities in the event of a natural disaster.
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hyundai‘s elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. it moves using wheels with robotic legs that allow users to drive, walk or even climb over the most treacherous terrain.  Read and view more
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