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Skill shortage adds to worries despite increase IT spending
CBR Online
Technology is suffering a skills shortage despite spending of more than $160 billion, the highest since 2006, according to the Harvey Nash CIO survey. Just under half of the technology decision-makers said that they had witnessed growth in IT budgets, up several points from the previous year. Jonathan Mitchell, global CIO practice chairman of Harvey Nash, said: "CIOs and Technology leaders are seeing growing budgets and growing prominence in their organisation as CEOs are turning to technology to drive growth."
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The economy needs grads with brains and brawn
Huffington Post
A dangerous and growing urban myth in Canada is that university students enrolled in liberal arts and science programs are acquiring skills employers don't need. This is bogus. The most recent myth apparition is the B.C. government's plan to re-engineer the education system to focus on skills and the immediate demands of labour markets. "We celebrate the poets," said B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender witheringly. "We also celebrate the welders, the carpenters and the pipefitters."
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Interns are mostly female, underpaid or unpaid, says upcoming study
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Preliminary findings from an upcoming study on internships in Canada show that the majority of interns are young women who make less than the provincial minimum wage — if they're paid at all. The study, to be released soon by two researchers at the University of Victoria and the Canadian Intern Association, is aimed at determining the scope of unpaid internships in Canada amid a growing uproar about the practice both here and abroad.
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University of British Columbia technology uses C02 to clean oil and gas waste-water
The University of British Columbia
A team of clean energy researchers at the University of British Columbia has received a $500,000 grant to commercialize a new technology that converts excess carbon dioxide and waste-water from the oil and gas sector into reusable water and valuable chemicals. This development could serve the dual purpose of reducing global carbon dioxide emissions and addressing the issue of decreasing global water reserves.
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Skill shortage adds to worries despite increase IT spending
CBR Online
Technology is suffering a skills shortage despite spending of more than $160 billion, the highest since 2006, according to the Harvey Nash CIO survey. Just under half of the technology decision-makers said that they had witnessed growth in IT budgets, up several points from the previous year.

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Windsor student wins 3-D redesign challenge
Windsor Star
A Windsor, ON, student is walking away with a big win on a global scale. Marco Angione, an 18-year-old Grade 12 student at Catholic Central High School, won first place worldwide recently in the high school category of the Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3-D Printing Challenge.

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Canada's 'skills gap' is actually an 'experience gap'
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Sophie Borwein, a researcher with the provincially funded Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, is trying to "cut through the noise" around Canada's skills-gap debate by studying what types of skills employers are actually looking for in new graduates. 

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Support for women in male-dominated fields reaches a 'critical mass'
Leader-Post
Regina has become the location of a "critical mass" of women supporting women in traditionally male-dominated fields. That group will get stronger this week when the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology conference comes to town. The three-day event will add voices to an increasingly loud chorus of local organizations, corporations and educational institutions devoted to the cause. Central to many of these groups is mentorship — the theme of the conference.
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University of Lethbridge unveils plans for revolutionary science building
Global News
It will be the most significant construction project at the university in more than forty years. "This is a huge injection for us, but to be honest with you we have wanted this for over 25 years. It's been a long time to get where we are, but it's been a push for many years," said Andrew Hakin , Vice President of Academic for the University of Lethbridge.
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Boeing looking at mobile tech for new astronaut taxi
Space.com
Mobile tech and apps designed for astronauts could make a fresh appearance in space, thanks to efforts by Boeing and Samsung. The two companies are teaming up to find new ways to incorporate mobile technology and applications into the CST-100 spacecraft, which Boeing is developing as part of NASA's commercial crew program with the goal of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
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Google's self-driving cars have never gotten a ticket
The Atlantic
On a drive in a convoy of Google's autonomous vehicles, 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. The oncoming traffic took nearly the whole green light to clear, so the first car made the left as the green turned to yellow.
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