In the news … November 6, 2014

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RBC AND MASTERCARD TESTING WEARABLE PAYMENTS

Toronto's Bionym is helping brands stay ahead of the adoption curve

RUSS MARTIN  NOVEMBER 05, 2014

RBC and MasterCard have joined forces with a Toronto startup to test wearable payments.

The company, Bionym, announced a pilot program for its Nymi Band wristband on Monday that will see it partner with banks and credit card companies to turn the wearable device into a mobile wallet. The announcement was made at Money2020 in Las Vegas, a conference about innovation in payments and financial services.


TORONTO STAR TO ELIMINATE PAYWALL IN 2015; LAUNCH NEW TABLET EDITION

Torstar Corp. plans to remove the paywall at the country’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, next year to coincide with the launch of a new tablet edition.

The owner of the Toronto Star and other publications said its main focus is on delivering content across multiple platforms – a move it’s betting will attract more readers, and bring national advertisers back into the fold.

“This is an important strategic step forward for the Star and for Torstar as we commit to our future of cross-platform, a future that we recognize will be increasing mobile,” Torstar president and CEO David Holland told analysts during a conference call Wednesday.

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 Manitoba teacher recognized for interactive teaching of First Nations students

Connie Wyatt Anderson, a teacher at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Man., has been awarded a 2014 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. 

Anderson will be formally presented with the award at Rideau Hall on Nov. 3. 

The awards are made possible through Canada's History Society, which recognizes Canadian teachers who are helping to 'bring history to life' for Canadian students.  

Canada's History Society, a national charity which promotes Canadian history, describes Anderson as a "dynamic teacher on a First Nations reserve 600 kilometres north of Winnipeg [who] is engaging her students in a real-life cultural quest."

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