Your bills will go up – but don’t assume an insidious CRTC plot

The debate over internet, cable and mobile rates is far more complex than the Twitter universe reflects

Your bills will go up – but don’t assume an insidious CRTC plotAll the average citizen knows about their cable, mobile and Internet bills is that – like taxes – they always  go up. For those who care why this happens, a brief Twitter tour of #crtc will introduce you to the debates surrounding the inexhaustible and often catty haggling over how your cable, cellphone and Internet…

Driverless pizza delivery, at – or near – your doorstep

Driverless home deliveries can’t come soon enough for the food service industry. Simplified delivery is a key expansion strategy

Driverless pizza delivery, at – or near – your doorstepAnn Arbor, Mich., residents will soon have food delivered to their doors by driverless cars as part of an intriguing socio-economic experiment. Domino’s Pizza and Ford have paired up in a pilot project to see how humans interact with driverless delivery cars. This is the first time a food service or retail company has used driverless…

Environment-friendly “plyscrapers” blocked by red tape

The USDA estimates every four storeys would save the same amount of carbon emissions as created by 500 cars every year

Environment-friendly “plyscrapers” blocked by red tapeIf a tree falls in the forest, can a tree-hugger cheer? Yes, believe it or not. Felled trees can now replace concrete and steel in high-rise buildings, saving their weight in carbon emissions. Engineers and environmentalists are both rightfully excited by the new innovation in building high-rises. Unfortunately, a recent competition south of the border…

Adding quality audio to your smartphone videos

With the low-cost iRig Mic Lav, audio pickup is always just a few inches from your mouth

Adding quality audio to your smartphone videosTravelling is cumbersome at the best of times and with luggage costs rising, people want to travel lighter and are leaving their bulky video cameras at home. And with smartphones like the Apple iPhone 7 with Google Pixel capable of shooting 4K or ultra HD video, capturing video has never been easier. It’s hard to…

Are changes to Canada’s tax code being driven by job churn?

Soon, half the workforce will be self-employed, compared with 20 per cent now. So we could lose a considerable amount of our tax base

Are changes to Canada’s tax code being driven by job churn?Many Canadians think the recently proposed changes to the tax code are a money grab. But it could also be related to the changing face of work. Just less than a year ago, Finance Minister Bill Morneau began warning Canadians about “job churn.” Also called “precarious work” by Morneau, it’s insecure and unprotected employment that…

Tax reforms may be a turning point in Liberal political fortunes

Trudeau’s political blindness when it comes to “unfair” small business tax loopholes is staggering

Tax reforms may be a turning point in Liberal political fortunesIt all seemed perfectly reasonable: tax the low hanging fruit of "fat cat" professional corporations to fund programs for the poor. Who could object to that? Turns out plenty of people object. A Hurricane Harvey of resentment has landed in Canada and its torrent of political backlash is growing stronger by the day. The Liberal…

The Internet’s dark side has made cybersecurity essential

Modern monsters take the shape of cyber attacks, email hacking, Internet fraud, cyber bullying, political instability, identity theft, viruses and much more

The Internet’s dark side has made cybersecurity essentialThe contemporary global electronic connectivity that I call internetization has opened a great new frontier of opportunity and empowerment. It’s a positive force for electronic accessibility and digital outreach. But it has also unleashed an environment similar to that of the wild west before law and order was established. The new frontier of the contemporary electronic world…

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wage

A government-mandated increase in the price of low-skilled labour tends to lead employers to reduce their labour force

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wageBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute It seems obvious: if you want to give low-wage workers a raise, increase the minimum wage. But raising minimum wage produces unintended consequences that hurt many of the people it’s supposed to help. B.C.’s new government recently promised to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021,…

Maintaining a sense of purpose in a changing workplace

While it is easy to blame globalization for the job losses, the real culprits are increased automation and investment in software

Maintaining a sense of purpose in a changing workplaceLabour Day marks the unofficial end of summer. It’s back to routine and, once again, the workplace takes precedence. But what if there was no work? As automation and new technologies continue to reduce the labour force, economists and others are pondering this question. Since 2000, the United States has lost five million manufacturing jobs…

Preparing for the coming workplace automation revolution

Manitoba’s Red River College’s Smart Factory offers a solution by bringing students and industry together

Preparing for the coming workplace automation revolutionAutomation has become a scary word. As new technologies proliferate, unease and uncertainty surround the labour market of the future. Will jobs be destroyed? Created? Can a robot really replace what I do? What kind of career should my child pursue if we don’t know what the jobs of the future will look like? How can…

Internetization is the new normal in the 21st century

It has enhanced the quality of our lives, and made our daily tasks easier and quicker. It has also unleashed a darker side to its opportunities and outreach

Internetization is the new normal in the 21st centuryA few years ago, I was preparing a lecture on globalization. I wanted to use the word globalization as one of the pillars of the global economy of the 21st century. The problem was that globalization wasn’t a new concept. World history reveals that global linkages between countries through trade, military conquest, colonization and cultural outreach have…

Target practice: finding the right golf rangefinder

Hand-held laser units and wrist watches that give distances dominate the market. We tested both technologies to see which best serves the needs of golfers

Target practice: finding the right golf rangefinderThere’s a story – probably apocryphal – about the notoriously fastidious German golfer Bernhard Langer. According to the legend, Langer asked his caddy for a distance on a shot he was about to make. “It’s 145 yards from the sprinkler head,” replied the caddy. “Is that 145 yards from the front of the sprinkler head…

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our children

The formative years with our children only come once. When we make them the highest priorities in our lives, we give them the message that they’re worthwhile

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our childrenTechnology is everywhere. But is it all good for us and – particularly – is it good for our children? The last 50 years have seen tremendous technological advancement. The 1960s television comedy Get Smart featured a mobile phone that the main character wore in his shoe. We laughed because it seemed impossible. Today, 95…

Opening the doors to innovative young Canadians

The federal $221-million investment in work‑integrated learning placements for post-secondary students and graduates must include colleges and polytechnics

Opening the doors to innovative young CanadiansBy Nobina Robinson Polytechnics Canada and Denise Amyot Colleges and Institutes Canada When parliamentarians return to their ridings for the summer recess, they’ll have many opportunities to congratulate this spring’s post-secondary graduates, proud of their achievements and eager to take their place in the workforce. Students with credentials from one of Canada’s colleges, institutes or…

How the energy industry can reimagine itself

Blockchain could influence the way the energy sector does things, from extraction and production processes to financing and transactions

How the energy industry can reimagine itselfAlberta’s innovation landscape is pretty crowded. Companies, entrepreneurs, non-profits, post-secondary institutions and governments are bumping into each other all over the place. That’s a very good thing. It means that the innovation system is working. Some parts are focused on evolving the oil and gas sector, others on diversifying Alberta’s economy. For the most part, there…