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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.
20. New Mars space suit unveiled by NASA
From May 9, 2014: A futuristic space suit decorated with glowing geometric designs is NASA's latest prototype in series that its astronauts ultimately expect to wear on Mars.
The new Z-2 was the winning suit in a public vote among three designs, NASA announced. Sixty-two per cent of voters picked the design emphasizing "technology" in its look, helping it beat the nature-inspired "biomimicry" option and the "trends in society" option intended to look more like "everyday clothes" of the future.
19. The economy needs grads with brains and brawn
May 23, 2014: 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 labor markets. "We celebrate the poets," said BC Education Minister Peter Fassbender witheringly. "We also celebrate the welders, the carpenters and the pipefitters."
18. Survey: IT hiring slump to bring about skills shortage
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From January 10, 2014: Following a slump in hiring activity last year, a majority of Canadian technology companies are facing a talent shortage in 2014, according to a recent survey.
As much as two-thirds or 64 per cent of Canadian IT companies believe they will experience “moderate to significant” skills shortage, a survey conducted by the Canadian arm of international recruitment consultancy firm Hays.
17. The Canadian mobile phone service you can't get here
From January 3, 2014: A Canadian wireless provider is making a name for itself with a mix-and-match approach that charges cellphone customers only for what they use, but there's a catch for Canadians hoping for a deal — the company based in Toronto isn't able to operate in this country.
Ting doesn't have contracts and uses a month-to-month system that is winning over smartphone users in the U.S., CBC's Aaron Saltzman reports.
16. Mining skills shortage in B.C. in 2014 and beyond
From January 17, 2014: British Columbia is known as a world-class centre of mining excellence, and Canada’s largest producer of copper, exporter of coal and the only producer of molybdenum. Mining has a production value of approximately $8.6 billion each year and currently employs over 30,000 people across the province.
The B.C. government recognizes the importance of mining.
15. CCTT grants new International Designation to 11 Certified Engineering Technologists in Canada
From January 3, 2014: Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists is pleased to announce the granting of the new international designation to 11 certified engineering technologists in Canada. The new designation, IntET (Canada) is being awarded under the terms and conditions of the International Engineering Technologist Agreement. According to CCTT Chair, Louis LeBel "the Canadian Registry of engineering technologists will be an asset to Canadian companies competing globally."
14. Technology could help stop cellphone use behind the wheel
From February 7, 2014: Steps must be taken to dissuade drivers from illegally using cellphones while behind the wheel to prevent the risk of injury to other motorists or pedestrians, says an editorial by two Canadian doctors.
And paradoxically, they write in this week's British Medical Journal, technology itself may provide the solution.
13. CCTT wins CIC award for new Engineering Career Pathways Tool
From March 14, 2014: The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) received an award from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for the newly-launched Engineering Career Pathways web tool. Parliamentary Secretary, Hon. Costas Menegakis presented the prestigious award to CCTT Chair Louis LeBel on behalf of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander at the second annual IQN Awards hosted at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, QC. The award was presented to CCTT for innovation and leadership in the "Overseas" category which focuses on pre-arrival supports for skilled workers immigrating or considering immigrating to Canada.
12. Winnipeg Technical College to undergo name change, expanded role
From May 2, 2014: Manitoba has introduced legislation that would expand the role of the Winnipeg Technical College under a new name, the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT). Under the new legislation, MITT would be able to offer expanded opportunities in skills training for secondary and postsecondary students. WTC currently provides hands-on training for jobs in the fields of health care and human services, information and business technology, and the skilled trades.
11. New car owners still struggling with technology
From June 20, 2014: New car owners reported more quality problems than a year ago in the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. As in recent years, the biggest issue was using new technology — especially voice recognition, cell phone connection and audio systems. The survey of 86,000 car buyers about problems in their first 90 days of ownership found these problems were especially troublesome in new or redesigned models.
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