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| The calendar year is coming to a close, and CCTT would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer CCTT Innovation Weekly subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!
Your regular news publication will resume on Friday January 9, 2015.
10. Google's self-driving cars have never gotten a ticket
From May 23, 2014: On a drive in a convoy of Google's autonomous vehicles last week, a difficult driving situation arose. As our platoon approached a major intersection, two Google cars ahead of us crept forward into the intersection, preparing to make left turns.
9. Letter from Grade 6 class calls out Alberta's rude politicians
From March 14, 2014: A Grade 6 class has taken Alberta's top politicians to task for childish behaviour, but opposition politicians say it's the Speaker who needs to sit in the corner.
A letter made public this week from Innisfail Middle School informed the legislature that the students will no longer attend question period after watching repeated displays of rudeness, name-calling and offensive language.
8. Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) looking for expert evaluators
From January 17, 2014:
The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) is looking for qualified professionals to
volunteer as PROGRAM EVALUATORS. Please click the read more button on more valuable information regarding this great opportunity.
7. Everything Google knows about you (and how it knows it)
The Washington Post
November 21, 2014: According to Google, I am a woman between the ages of 25 and 34 who speaks English as her primary language and has accumulated an unwieldy 74,486 e-mails in her life. I like cooking, dictionaries and Washington, D.C. I own a Mac computer that I last accessed at 10:04 p.m. last night, at which time I had 46 open Chrome tabs. And of the thousands and thousands of YouTube videos I have watched in my lifetime, a truly embarrassing number of them concern (a) funny pets or (b) Taylor Swift.
6. How myth of Canada's skills gap was shattered
From May 16, 2014: It took nine months of detective work by economists, journalists, social media sleuths and investigators at the Parliamentary Budget Office to solve the mystery of Canada's missing job vacancies.
Recently auditor general Mike Ferguson made it official: the federal government was using unreliable statistics to support its claim that Canada had plenty of jobs but no workers with the skills to fill them.
5. CCTT grants new International Designation to Certified Engineering Technologists
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4. Canada's "skills gap" is actually an "experience gap"
April 11, 2014: For students like Isabelle Duchaine, in the final stretch of their post-secondary educations, this is a difficult time of the year. “When you’re down to the last few weeks of school plus exams, you’re not just looking for a job,” says the Queen’s University history and political studies major, “you’re looking for a place to live for the next year, a new city, thinking about all the relationships you’re leaving behind and reflecting on where you’re going next. Every once in a while I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s all over, I’m going to move back into my parents’ basement in Brighton, Ont.’”
3. Thousands of students cheating at university
February 28, 2014: A CBC survey of Canadian universities shows more than 7,000 students were disciplined for academic cheating in 2011-12, a finding experts say falls well short of the number of students who actually cheat.
In the first survey of its kind, CBC News contacted 54 universities and asked them to provide the number of 2011-12 academic misconduct cases that went through a formal discipline process.
2. Ed Leslie pushing to get the provincial government to increase the province's math standards for high school graduates
From February 14, 2014:
The executive director the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists is calling for action after a report by the organization found high school graduates in the province don’t have strong enough math skills to pass post-secondary level technology programs.
The report, titled High School Graduates’Weak Mathematic Skills Put Public Safety and the Protection of the Environment at Risk, was drafted by the society in the fall. Edward Leslie said the society began work on the report last spring, after a surprising comment at a college graduation ceremony.
1. Skills shortage top concern, employers say
From January 24, 2014: Canadian employers’ top concern is the shortage of skilled workers but they’re divided on how to address the issue, a survey to be released Tuesday found.
About half of the employers surveyed say its up to them to offer more training, while the other half believe job seekers must come with the right skills and attitude, the survey for a non-profit career counselling research organization found.
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