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CCTT celebrates International Women's Day
The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) is pleased to celebrate the achievements of women in Canada and around the world. Each year, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911.
International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.
The new millennium has brought about significant change and a shift in attitude towards women. Today we have female astronauts, CEOs and Prime Ministers.
"CCTT supports the achievements made by women in today's society," said Isidore J. LeBlond, President and CEO. "We recognize the impact women have made on our society. Women today can work and raise a family, women today have real choices."
CCTT is a national association representing the interests of applied science and engineering technology workers in Canada.
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New Young Worker Safety Award: Nominations now open
Canada's Safest Employers
Canada's prestigious fifth annual health and safety awards — Canada's Safest Employers — has launched a new category to recognize employers for best practices and leading initiatives specifically for young worker health and safety.
In 2012, more than 31,000 young Canadian workers were seriously injured on the job and 32 of them died. Workers under the age of 25 are hurt at a disproportionately higher rate and companies need to pay special attention to this vulnerable part of the workforce.
'FREAK' security flaw in Apple, Android browsers leaves millions vulnerable
Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly-discovered security flaw known as "FREAK."
There's no evidence so far that any hackers have exploited the weakness, which companies are now moving to repair. Researchers blame the problem on an old government policy, abandoned over a decade ago, which required U.S. software makers to use weaker security in encryption programs sold overseas due to national security concerns.
Technology helps malls, merchants and shopping districts track pedestrian traffic
Business in Vancouver
You are one of the 17,000 people walking along the north side of Robson Street on an average day. You pause to check out a window display at Sephora before moving on. Unbeknownst to you, you're being watched and analyzed to inform business decisions. The Robson Street Business Association installed a sophisticated thermal pedestrian counter on the awning of the Sephora store in the 1000 block of Robson Street.
TPS switches over to encrypted radio technology, silencing scanners
The Toronto Police Service has switched out its analogue radios with encrypted digital radios, silencing scanners that members of the public were previously able to use to eavesdrop on police communications.
Outgoing Police Chief Bill Blair confirmed the change in technology while speaking with reporters at an event held in his honour at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club recently.
Google has developed a technology to tell whether 'facts' on the Internet are true
The Internet, we know all too well, is a cesspool of rumour and chicanery.
But in a research paper published by Google recently — and reported by New Scientist — that could, at least hypothetically, change. A team of computer scientists at Google has proposed a way to rank search results not by how popular Web pages are, but by their factual accuracy.
Renault testing self-driving car technology
Wall Street Journal
Renault SA is testing technology to launch an autonomous vehicle that can drive around busy city streets and reduce the number of accidents on the roads, with early versions able to navigate traffic jams, the French auto-maker's chief executive said.
Speaking at the Mobile World Congress, a trade show for the telecom and tech industries, Renault Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said the French car-maker plans to offer increasingly advanced technology for cars, with the aim of offering a vehicle that can be used on any road by 2020.
New technology could improve night vision, thermal imaging
Engineers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created semi-conductor technology that could make night vision and thermal imaging affordable for everyday use. Researchers in the Texas Analog Center of Excellence in the University's Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science created an electronic device in affordable technology that detects electromagnetic waves to create images at nearly 10 terahertz, which is the highest frequency for electronic devices.
Farmers eye drones as key to future of agriculture
The drone could be ready to take its place alongside the tractor and combine harvester, as the next indispensable piece of farming equipment.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently released new rules governing the use of drones, and farmers, who see drones as a way to get a birds-eye view of their fields and monitor crops, to precisely deliver fertilizer and pesticides were watching carefully.
Pizza Hut and Visa's in-car ordering technology is the only way pizza could possibly get any better
Since pizza is one of life's most valued treasures, its makers want to make ordering it as easy as possible. These days, there are almost as many ways of ordering pizza as there are toppings. The latest method? In a collaborative project, Pizza Hut and Visa tested ordering with connected cars, a technology that would let you purchase a pie while driving without a phone, laptop, or even your hands.
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