One Degree News Brief … November 3, 2017

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Which industry best creates wealth and reduces poverty in Canada? Resources (as usual)

FINANCIAL POST

With the recent cancellation of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline — after the company spent $1 billion in attempts to jump through ever-changing regulatory and political hoops — it is time to remind ourselves as Canadians where much of our country’s recent economic uptick originated.

Answer: In resource exploration and extraction.

This was illustrated again recently, just before the TransCanada announcement, with Statistics Canada’s recent release of key census data. The data revealed how median Canadian household income rose to $70,336 by 2015, up almost $6,900 from $63,457 in 2005 or nearly 11 per cent.

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Einstein scribbled his theory of happiness in place of a tip. It just sold for more than $1 million.

WASHINGTON POST

He is known as one of the great minds in 20th-century science. But this week, Albert Einstein is making headlines for his advice on how to live a happy life — and a tip that paid off.

In November 1922, Einstein was traveling from Europe to Japan for a lecture series for which he was paid 2,000 pounds by his Japanese publisher and hosts, according to Walter Isaacson’s biography, “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” During the journey, the 43-year-old learned he’d been awarded his field’s highest prize: the Nobel Prize in physics. The award recognized his contributions to theoretical physics.

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Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis goes online, website crashes

KWTX

He is known as one of the great minds in 20th-century science. But this week, Albert Einstein is making headlines for his advice on how to live a happy life — and a tip that paid off.

In November 1922, Einstein was traveling from Europe to Japan for a lecture series for which he was paid 2,000 pounds by his Japanese publisher and hosts, according to Walter Isaacson’s biography, “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” During the journey, the 43-year-old learned he’d been awarded his field’s highest prize: the Nobel Prize in physics. The award recognized his contributions to theoretical physics.

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GLOBE AND MAIL

CNN has a new commercial that features a picture of an apple. “Some people might try to tell you it’s a banana,” says the narrator. They might even scream that it’s a banana. “They might put BANANA in all caps. … But it’s not. This is an apple.”

The ad was, of course, immediately attacked by right-wing columnists. “Trump Derangement Syndrome has struck CNN and is taking a terrible toll,” wrote Thomas Lifson at American Thinker.

The American media have become so deeply polarized that each side has now lost any ability to listen to the other. Each accuses the other of committing fake news – stories based on false facts that are intended to deceive. But the deeper problem resides in columns and editorials and blogs and tweets that take implacable stands, distorting facts and belittling opponents, ignoring or disrespecting other points of view.

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Strong Video Game Industry Central to Canadian Tech Ecosystem – New Report

CANADA NEWS WIRE

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2017 /CNW/ – Canada’s video game industry continues to cement its role as a pillar of Canada’s new tech economy, according to new research conducted by Nordicity and published today by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC). There are now nearly 600 active video game studios in Canada, generating 21,700 direct full-time jobs and contributing $3.7 billion to the country’s GDP, a 24% increase from 2015. The industry also supports an additional 18,900 indirect full-time jobs, accounting for a total employment impact of 40,600 full-time equivalent positions.

“As we’re seeing this sector grow and evolve with new technologies and trends, it’s also playing a central role within a critical innovation ecosystem,” said Jayson Hilchie, ESAC’s President & CEO. The Association featured many innovations stemming from video game technology at its recent conference entitled ‘Beyond Entertainment’.

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— Colin R. Davis

 

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