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Foreign credential requirements to be eased for 10 additional occupations
Toronto Star
Lawyers, welders and electricians are among the immigrant professionals who will have their foreign credentials assessed faster under a policy change announced by the federal government. The Conservatives will add 10 occupations to the "priority" assessment program that was launched with 14 occupations, says Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
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Holland College awarded eligibility for college research fund
Holland College
Holland College has been awarded tri-council eligibility by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) giving the Applied Research department at the college access to a $10 million pot for projects related to social innovation, Holland College President Brian McMillan announced. Applied research attempts to solve problems or take advantage of market opportunities by developing new products, processes or services.
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LED technology to brighten B.C. streets
CBC News
The B.C. government is making it easier to put high-efficiency bulbs in street lights by becoming the first province in Canada to offer a buy-in-bulk discount to cities and towns. There are about 360,000 streetlights across B.C. keeping roadways and parking lots glowing, but most use old technology that uses a lot of power.
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Students are struggling to find summer jobs
CCPA
There is something great about summer in Canada; it’s hot but also full of promise with places to visit, camping, travelling, cottaging, trips to the beach and various summer events and festivals. For many of Canada’s students, however, summer has not been so great. New data from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey released shows that students are struggling to find summer jobs for the sixth year in a row.
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Bill Gates talks performance funding and MOOCs in conference keynote
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Bill Gates, a founder of Microsoft and billionaire philanthropist, touched on a myriad of issues facing higher-education institutions during his keynote address on Monday at the annual conference, in Seattle, of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Here are some of the highlights.
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LED technology to brighten B.C. streets
CBC News
The B.C. government is making it easier to put high-efficiency bulbs in street lights by becoming the first province in Canada to offer a buy-in-bulk discount to cities and towns. There are about 360,000 streetlights across B.C. keeping roadways and parking lots glowing, but most use old technology that uses a lot of power.

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Is email on the way out?
The Globe and Mail
Following the introduction of the Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), some are wondering whether or not we are in the last days of e-mail. An article in the Globe and Mail makes the case that for many people, this would be a welcome change. According to one technology research firm, 108.7 billion emails are sent and received around the world every day, mostly from business accounts.

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'Internet of Things' technology poised to take off in Canada
Toronto Star
Canadian businesses are expected to embrace the "Internet of Things" in the next two years as machine-to-machine technology ramps up, according to a new study. Some 30 per cent of medium and large businesses surveyed plan to deploy Internet of Things, or IoT, technology in the next 24 months, according to the Telus/IDC Internet of Things Study 2014: The Connected Canadian Business, released recently.

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Nature-inspired robots driving new health care technology
CTV News
Exoskeletons helping the paralysed to walk, tiny maggot-inspired devices gnawing at brain tumours, machines working tirelessly as hospital helpers: in many respects, the future of medicine is already here. Experts say that, at the experimental level, human skills are already being enhanced or replaced by robots and other hi-tech substitutes — and these may become commonplace just a few years from now. "If one had spoken of this 10 years ago, people would have said it's science fiction. Today, it is a reality," French ophthalmologist Gerard Dupeyron said of one of the most advanced technologies helping people today — the bionic eye.
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Farmers increasingly turning to smartphone technology
Bonnyville Nouvelle
Over the past three years an increasing number of farmers across the country have been investing in smartphones. According to a recent survey done by Farm Credit Canada (FCC), three quarters (76 per cent) of famers polled across Canada are using a smartphone. This number is more than double the 29 per cent of famers who were using the technology back in 2011. “This (increase) is because of applications and the utilities within smartphones; everything from GPS marking, to scouting apps, to fertilizer blending apps, to equipment apps are available on smartphones,” said Matthew Van Dijk, Senior Specialist, FCC Management Software.
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'Optical fibre' made out of thin air
CBC News
Scientists say they have turned thin air into an "optical fibre" that can transmit and amplify light signals without the need for any cables. In a proof-of-principle experiment they created an "air waveguide" that could one day be used as an instantaneous optical fibre to any point on earth, or even into space.
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Progress made to boost connectivity in remote areas
The Calgary Herald
This country is covered by an inconsistent patchwork of Internet capabilities, speeds and opportunities. The pronounced digital divide separates Canadians: rich from poor, urban from rural and southern from northern. According to a Statistics Canada survey, nearly all top income earners in Canada had good Internet access, yet only 58 per cent of households with incomes of $30,000 or less were connected.
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Proper use of technology could save 15 per cent of loss costs, loss adjustment expense
Canadian Underwriter
The insurance industry is poised to see high performance claims transformation if it takes steps to turn routinely overlooked data into actionable information and knowledge, suggests a report published by Aite Group. Aite Group research finds that approximately 15 per cent of loss costs and loss adjustment expense could be saved with the proper use of technology, notes a statement from the company, an independent research and advisory firm focused on business, technology and regulatory issues and their impact on the financial services industry.
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Using technology to clean up
Toronto Sun
Since the turn of the 20th century, technology has been helping us keep our homes clean. Early vacuum cleaners were so big that that their inventors conceived their use as a service, with homeowners paying a few dollars each time to have their houses cleaned as the machines moved from home to home. The idea of having your own machine, at the time, was ridiculous.
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Storage giant EMC looks to ease concerns about Flash technology
Financial Post
With today’s need for speed, flash storage is a hot topic, but it has been viewed with a certain amount of suspicion by IT over the years. There have been doubts about its robustness and its reliability, and worries about costs, fueled by early, less-than successful implementations. Storage giant EMC Corporation is trying to allay those fears with an announcement earlier this month of the XtremIO Xpect More program: a three year money-back performance guarantee for its flash arrays, and a seven year flash endurance guarantee in which it warrants that the flash drives will last a minimum of seven years.
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Long replacement cycle drags down iPad sales
Computer World
Apple announced it sold 13.3 million iPads in the second quarter, a year-over-year drop of 9 per cent, the second straight quarter of declining numbers, and blamed a slowdown in developed markets. Analysts had expected a down quarter, coming up with an iPad sales average of 14.4 million, which would have represented a more modest 1.3 per cent downturn.
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