Legendary lunar and planetary observer Walter Haas (1917-2015) died on 2015 April 6. Haas was renowned for the skill, integrity, and intelligence he brought to the serious observation of solar-system objects. He also possessed effective organizational and leadership skills, which bore fruit in the founding and sustaining of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO, 1947-), one of the outstanding organizations fostering meaningful amateur solar-system work.
Canada has now become a full partner in the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT). The TMT is one of the class of extremely large telescopes coming online in the near future, along with the European Extremely Large Telescope, and the Giant Magellan Telescope. These engines of discovery are designed to be highly productive scientific instruments to move our investigation of the universe to the next level.