The word freedom has sparked countless revolutions across the world. It’s a word that resounds in our hearts; something that we constantly desire. Our innate yearning for freedom makes sense, since it has been shown to be an essential component of human health. In fact, people who feel “free” are less likely to die prematurely or even get sick!
Demonstrating its commitment to community and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education, the University of Lethbridge (U of L) is giving innovation a new place to grow in Canada.
Connecting with community has always been a hallmark at U of L, and this outreach is set to rise to a whole new level with the September 2019 opening of the $280-million Science & Academic Building.
Canada is the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agricultural productS and, based on high production standards and safeguards, has an enviable reputation as a safe and reliable supplier in the global market. With world demand for agricultural products growing steadily, Canada aims to increase its agri-food exports to at least $75-billion annually by 2025. And with consumers increasingly opting for quality over price, Canada is strongly positioned to capture a bigger share of the market.
Canada’s financial services sector isn’t just growing, it’s “doing good” – domestically and internationally. Experts say Canada’s global growth in the sector is due, in part, to its active engagement in key international initiatives on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere is a crucial step in efforts to mitigate the devastating impact of climate change, and while the costs of developing the technology to do so are high, the potential economic advantages may be even higher.
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Canada’s international reputation as an honest and trustworthy partner that cares about good governance, social justice and sustainability carries considerable weight in a world struggling to cope with mounting economic and environmental challenges.
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The odds are stacked against them: women make up 45 per cent of the Canadian workforce in entry-level positions, but are 30 per cent less likely than their male counterparts to be promoted to the next level. Their chances for further advancement are even lower – women are 60 per cent less likely than men to make the leap from director to vice-president, says a 2017 Kinsey study.
Fraudsters are proving to be nimble, crafty and creative when it comes to exploiting the vulnerabilities, behaviours and dreams of Canadians. Seeking a partner can leave you exposed to “romance scams,” wanting to help family and friends may prompt you to hand over money for a “grandchild scam.” And schemes that play on your desire to be healthy and slim may promise that extra pounds can be shed with no or little effort, tout a “guaranteed cure” for serious conditions or offer rock-bottom prices for medication without asking for a prescription.
magine an intelligent building with interactive elements providing data about its net-zero environmental performance as well as insights into Indigenous knowledge. The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) envisions its future facility as an educational tool that uses sensors and apps for enhanced learning – while building on the success of existing programs that incorporate new technology. Language revitalization programs, for example, already draw on virtual reality elements, where students can explore a garden or a kitchen and listen to explanations in the Mohawk language about traditional methods for growing, harvesting and preparing food. Another language presentation in Anishinaabe takes viewers on a journey to harvest wild rice.
Flying is “always a thrill” for Vanessa Brown – and when the Inuit from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL (above left), received her Aviation Technology accreditation from First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) in 2017, her career immediately took off.
Maintaining Toronto Pearson International Airport’s megahub status and continuing to keep customers happy means that, as the airport operator, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) must constantly strive to improve infrastructure and services in and around the facility.
Faculty of Engineering students at the University of Alberta (U of A) will soon have access to a new workspace where they can bring their ideas to life, thanks in large part to a major donation from an engineering alumnus.
The skills shortage currently being seen on the sales side in the information technology (IT) sector could be seen as a good problem to have. That’s because it comes as a result of a boom in Canada’s IT sector over the last five to eight years.
Telecommunications giant TELUS faces a challenge that is increasingly common for Canadian companies – difficulty recruiting and retaining sales professionals equipped to meet the ever-complex needs of its business customers.
Educational leadership and research excellence make McMaster’s medical school stand out
The McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine receives as many as 5,000 applications annually for the 206 available seats. There are good reasons for the medical school’s popularity – in addition to having revolutionized the methodologies for teaching medicine, the school has a world-renowned reputation for research excellence.
As consumers demand more choices, convenience, speed and transparency from insurance providers, industry leaders are responding. Parametric insurance solutions enable automatic payouts without time lag or paperwork; for example, a traveller with such insurance will be immediately compensated should an airline system that monitors take-offs confirm a specific flight delay. Similarly, farmers with crop insurance that leverages data from weather surveillance platforms can be automatically reimbursed in the event that adverse weather events such as hailstorms are recorded in the insured farmer’s area.
Better support for sports officials includes training with innovative technology
We’ve all been there: at the edge of our seats and engrossed in a game when the referee’s whistle interrupts the action. What comes next could be greeted with cheers or groans, depending on whether the call is in favour of our team or the opposition.
At a time when many construction industry managers are retiring and emerging technologies are being incorporated into the building process, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has launched its Bachelor of Construction Management (BCM) degree to prepare students for leadership roles in the heavy industrial, commercial, engineering and construction industries.
Canadian-listed ETFs generated $5.1-billion in new investment in the third quarter of 2018, shattering the $3.4-billion record set in Q3 2015. It’s part of a longer, larger trend. The number of ETF providers has climbed from five in 2012 to 31 today, up 600 per cent in just six years. The first ETF in the world was launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1990. Today, there are more than 600 trading in Canada alone.
Indigenous law degree, the first of its kind in the world
At the University of Victoria this year, 26 law students began a four-year program from which, with dedication and hard work, they’ll graduate with two professional degrees, in Canadian Common Law (Juris Doctor or JD) and Indigenous Legal Orders (Juris Indigenarum Doctor or JID).
Eczema can come with a range of symptoms, from mild – such as the occasional dry, itchy or rough skin – to moderate or severe, with an intense itch and frequent inflammation and rashes. Yet no matter the severity of the condition, the persistent itch-scratch cycle that comes with a flare-up typically wreaks havoc with the quality of life of people with eczema and their families, says Aleyna Zarras, regional trainer and skin expert at La Roche-Posay. She believes that awareness about the factors contributing to such flare-ups can help to gain a measure of control.
A survey commissioned by Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) earlier this year shows that Canadians are suffering emotional stress related to their financial situation, and nearly half – 48 per cent – say they have lost sleep because they are worried about money.
Everyone has aspirations. Figuring out how to make them a reality, however, can be difficult. Financial matters are complicated, and with so many competing demands on your money, it can be hard to know where to even begin mapping out a plan for achieving your goals.
Concordia University is up front about its commitment to gender diversity. The Montreal institution has made history by renaming its school of engineering and computer science for Gina Cody, the first woman ever to be awarded a PhD in building engineering there.
Available to all 14- to 24-year-olds across Canada and in more than 140 countries, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award inspires young people to reach their full potential. Originally launched in England 60 years ago, the organization now relies fully on donor support to fund its efforts.
Philanthropy is a key partner in Red Cross health initiatives for Canada’s vulnerable populations
For many Canadians, mention of the Red Cross conjures up images of aid workers on television screens helping victims in disaster zones around the world. While that’s one of the organization’s key roles globally, other less heralded efforts to help society’s most vulnerable are equally important.
It’s been five years since Canada became the first and, so far, only country in the world to enshrine National Philanthropy Day (NPD) in legislation, proclaiming November 15 as the official day to celebrate the generosity of Canadians and the amazing impact they have on communities from coast to coast.