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Engineering Month: Booming demand for civil engineers
Financial Post
Whether you talk to universities, consulting engineering firms or industry associations, the consensus is that Canada, and the world for that matter, are always in dire need of civil engineers. As chair of the civil engineering and environmental and engineering department at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Roger Cheng will tell you that when it comes to graduates, "They all get hired. It's is one of the most in-demand disciplines and there is certainly a shortage right now."
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Blackberry co-founders start $100M quantum tech fund
CBC News
Blackberry co-founders Mike Laziridis and Doug Fregin have launched a $100 million dollar private fund to boost the development of Canada's fledgling quantum computing industry. Quantum Valley Investments, based in Waterloo, ON, "will provide financial and intellectual capital" for the development and "commercialization of breakthroughs" in quantum information science, said a news release announcing the new fund.
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New technology maps Inuit knowledge
Nunatsiaq Online
Dr. Fraser Taylor, a geographer from Carleton University in Ottawa, is trying to decolonize traditional maps of Inuit land by helping Inuit officially name the places around their community with traditional, Inuktitut names using free software that he invented. With a $516,323 grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and an expected matching grant from the Ontario government, Taylor hopes to improve computer hardware and software so that more northern communities can map their world, their way.
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Yahoo acquires mobile app created by former employees
Reuters
Yahoo acquired a small mobile start-up company that was founded by former employees of the struggling Web portal two years ago. Yahoo did not disclose the price of its deal to acquire Jybe, which developed a mobile app that recommends movies, books and restaurants based on data contained in social networks.
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Lasers, orbital Wi-Fi, and more in the works for NASA's space Internet
NBC News
In orbit around our planet, hundreds of satellites constantly relay a huge amount of data back and forth, not to mention streaming it down to the surface. But the aging system is nearly at capacity, so NASA is planning a secure, robust successor. Don't worry — it's not as if astronauts are having to get by on dial-up during their stay on the International Space Station. In fact, the ISS has a fairly beefy 300-megabit line — more than 10 times faster than what most people can get at home.
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Will the mobile wallet find a place in North America's back pocket?
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The smartphone is quite an incredible piece of technology, allowing us to browse the Internet, listen to music, take pictures and access thousands of applications as well as typical cellular functions like texting and making phone calls. But what if it could also double as your wallet?

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Technology available to capitalize on Ring of Fire in environmentally responsible way
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Bob Rae says he's been in talks with a regional First Nations council to work together on the Ring of Fire. But the interim Liberal leader couldn't say exactly what his role would be. "I don't think it's clear yet. I have had... meetings with the Matawa tribal council. They've asked me to work with them," Rae said.

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Streamlining credentials
The StarPhoenix
Look at any community college application list, and more often than not, you'll find a sizable contingent of university graduates. The thought that a university degree is the ticket to instant career success is creating a backlash in Canada. We have more BAs than the market will bear, a growing shortage of practical skills, and an army of kids burdened with huge debt loads after spending upward of seven years in post-secondary education.

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Flaherty to make skills training a budget focus
The Globe and Mail
The recent federal budget will take a new look at how provinces handle the $2.5-billion-a-year Ottawa spends for job skills training programs, following on the Harper government's rising concern that they are not delivering Canadians the skills they need to fill empty jobs. A close look at how provinces spend a portion of that money, the $500-million-a-year Labour Market Agreement fund, found that they spent 79 per cent of their allotment on "generic employment information" rather than more specific options, such as hands-on training that matches workers to jobs, according to a report prepared for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
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Companies get colleges to do their training
Macleans On Campus
Amy Gordon was in the middle of completing her second university degree when she decided to go to college instead. Gordon already had a degree in biology from the University of Alberta, and was studying chemical engineering at the University of Calgary. "I was getting really tired of learning lecture-style theory. I had an itch to get more hands-on and learn more," says the 29-year-old.
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Move over Siri, here comes Zoe
CANOE
Described by her creators as the future of computer interaction, Zoe can express emotions and can change her tone of voice to suit the information being conveyed. A talking head that could one day become your smartphone's personal assistant, Zoe was created by researchers from Toshiba's Cambridge Research Lab and the University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering.
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