As longer, brighter days promise sun-filled fun, it’s time for a reminder that sun exposure can cause our skin to burn and blister or even have effects that may be less noticeable in the moment but devastating in the long term: skin cancer. One in seven Canadians will have skin cancer in their lifetime, and the biggest risk factor is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Ardra Shephard doesn’t hold much back when she posts on her blog, Tripping on Air: My trip through life with MS. She writes candidly and often comically about her good and bad “MS days,” her hopes and frustrations, and her views on societal stereotypes about people with disabilities, including multiple sclerosis.
Simon Fraser University participates in AI4ALL initiative
Canada’s most valuable assets include our society’s values, respect for others, equality and diversity – and those are also big issues in artificial intelligence (AI) says Simon Fraser University (SFU) computer scientist and AI4ALL director Angelica Lim, who is leveraging the power of data in AI to ensure a diversity of perspectives.
While Canadians have a healthy respect for forests, few might imagine the breadth of new and surprising applications of wood and its components, such as material for making clothes and lightweight plastic equivalents, material that is transparent or bullet-proof, or material for filtering and desalinating water.
As a solution-driven technology, artificial intelligence (AI) has a wide range of real-world applications, from financial services and insurance fraud detection to developing smart wearables to government decision-making.
Urban design meeting the unique needs of all residents
With more than 4.2 billion people – or about 55 per cent of the world’s population – living in the world’s urban centres, city life today often means crowded spaces, expensive housing, constant traffic and relatively higher rates of crime.
Imagine standing by a river and you see someone adrift in the current. You jump in and bring her to safety. Shortly after, another person appears in the water, struggling to stay afloat, then another. While it’s important to rescue these individuals, it is just as crucial to go upstream and investigate how they ended up in the water and prevent more people from falling in.
Gutsy kids make a stand for Crohn’s and colitis awareness and support
Imagine being asked why you missed school when the embarrassing truth is you had severe abdominal pain and needed to run to the bathroom to pass bloody diarrhea multiple times a day. This is often a sad reality for people living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis when they experience a flare-up, says Mina Mawani, president and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
By 2056, 25 per cent of Canada’s population is expected to be 65 years of age and older, compared to 14 per cent in 2006. This rapid demographic shift raises questions about how Canadians can sustain a high quality of life and active social engagement as they age.
How to embed sustainability in day-to-day operations and decision-making
There is consensus among leaders in business, government and academia that the time to take action on social and environmental challenges is now. “Social responsibility and environmental sustainability are not just topics of discussion, they are realities this and future generations have to address. That’s not a luxury anymore, it’s a necessity,” says Ali Dastmalchian, dean of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU).
When it comes to moving freight and passengers over long distances in an economical, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly manner, railway locomotives are the original green machines. “Rail is one of Canada’s climate-change solutions,” says Chantale Despres, sustainability director for Canadian National Railway (CN). A number of facts support this assertion. Rail is four times more fuel efficient at moving freight over the same distance than heavy trucks, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as much as 75 per cent. A single train can replace 300 trucks or more, reducing road congestion and promoting traffic safety. Trains can move a tonne of freight more than 200 kilometres on a single litre of fuel. Additionally, over the past 25 years, CN has further reduced GHG emissions from locomotives by 40 per cent, partly through the use of renewable fuels such as biodiesel.
Sustainability measures improving environmental performance plus business outcomes
TODAY IS EARTH DAY, THE WORLD’S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT and a fitting time to reflect on challenges and opportunities in Canada. While the average annual temperature in Canada has increased by 1.7 degrees Celsius from 1948 to 2016, about double the global rate, Canadian sustainability and clean technology leaders are advancing solutions that not only help curb greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change, but in the process are creating jobs and other economic benefits.
The homebuying and mortgage process in Canada has become increasingly complex, but with the help of an expert mortgage broker, you can set your mind at ease and ensure you are making the right choice when it comes to one of the largest and most important financial decisions of your life.
Despite being the foundation of cost-conscious investor portfolios since the world’s first ETF was launched here in 1993, ETF awareness has grown incrementally among Canadian investors. But the latest investment stats show these quiet workhorses are finally reaching a tipping point.
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.