Random documents, courtesy of the Government of Canada

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Update July 14, 2014.

The pdf files courtesy of the Government of Canada were especially icky today, so  of course I must share them.

First up, a Transport Canada magazine that lists all the service difficulties reported with airplanes. Why a four-year-old copy was captured by Google instead of the 2014 version, who knows. Doesn’t matter. I don’t want to see that long list of mechanical problems, helpfully sorted by manufacturer. The same manufacturer noted a failure with a coffee maker and a toilet in the same model plane……coincidence?

Screen capture of Feedback Magazine. Source: Transport Canada

Screen capture of Feedback Magazine.
Source: Transport Canada

Then a Health Canada brochure about spiders with way too many photos of  “nature’s pest control agent”. I love the picture of the vacuum cleaner – the chemical free way to rid your house of spiders.

from "Spiders : pest notes" also from 2010. Source: Health Canada.

from “Spiders : pest notes” also from 2010.
Source: Health Canada.

And finally a Public Health Agency flyer reminding me that World Hepatitis Day is fast approaching. I wonder, is there a Hallmark Card for that?

At last, something published this year., in fact, last week. Source: Public Health Agency of Canada.

At last, something published this year., in fact, last week.
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada.

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In response to my last post on Google Frecking, a friend told me about one of his Google alerts that seeks out new pdf documents published by the federal government.

Love it! Copying that. Every day I get these emails full of random goodness like this document from Veterans Affairs. No links, no context, no clue.

Favorite pdf file of the day, this time from Veterans Affairs Canada.

Favorite pdf file of the day, this time from Veterans Affairs Canada.

Or this beauty from Environment Canada Ice Service.

The green stuff is thick first year ice, the triangles   denote icebergs. Source: Environment Canada

The green stuff is thick first year ice, the triangles denote icebergs.
Source: Environment Canada

 

The take away here is that governments publish all sorts of content all the time and not all of it (probably very little of it) appears in in the “what’s new” feed on the home page. Often the documents they don’t show off are the most interesting.

Want to learn how to set up your own fun alerts and get into Google Frecking? Guess you need a researcher like me.

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