Your passport's about to turn into a 007 gadget. Whether you want it to or not.
Passport Canada's slick new digital ePassport looks just like a normal passport. Except it contains an embedded, electronic 'biometric chip' with personal details like your full name, gender, date of birth, where you were born, and a digital picture of your unsmiling, superspy face.
Oh, and this is Canada we're talking about, so your ePassport pages will feature images of an Inukshuk holding a giant feather, Niagara Falls, Samuel de Champlain (The Father of New France), Sir John A. Macdonald looking sober and profound, The Last Spike, a sailboat about to crash into Newfoundland, a train passing oil derricks in a bleak and humanless land (you're welcome, Prairies), and children playing hockey and football instead of studying math and sciences like kids in other countries that are totally kicking our economic butt.
If you're wondering 'Why design a new passport when my last one works perfectly fine?', then Passport Canada's FAQ has your answer: "The addition of the electronic chip to the Canadian passport will
increase security, provide greater protection against tampering and
reduce the risk of fraud."
Canada promises that their ePassport will not contain a GPS tracking device (so you'll have to escape from Blofeld's volcano fortress all by yourself), and will not contain "biometric
information such as an iris scan or fingerprints" which of course means
they're totally planning to add your iris scans and fingerprints once
they figure out how to add your iris scans and fingerprints without
sparking a slew of riots.