In the news … June 1, 2018

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TORONTO, May 29, 2018 /CNW/ – The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications.

The NMAF presented Gold and Silver awards in 23 categories at the Digital Publishing Awards Soiree, held on May 29th, 2018 at One King West Hotel in Toronto. The event was hosted by Maclean’s editor Adrian Lee.

“Congratulations to all the winners of the third annual Digital Publishing Awards. Your success highlights not just your creativity and excellence in journalism, but your mastery of digital platforms to tell compelling stories. It is a reminder of the vast pool of talented creators, and publishers, in Canada’s digital media industry. We’re thrilled to recognize your wonderful work through the DPA program.”
— Nino Di Cara, NMAF President


CBC documentary, interactive projects win gold at Digital Publishing Awards

CBC’s interactive documentary Dancing Towards the Light is one of three CBC projects to take gold at the Digital Publishing Awards on Tuesday, winning acclaim in the best online mini-documentary category.

The documentary by Kitra Cahana and Ed Ou explores how dance helps a group of young people in Arviat, a community in Nunavut struggling with high suicide rates.

The awards, presented by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, were announced Tuesday night in Toronto.


Cyber warfare is the new reality. Canada’s allies are offering help. We should take it

Following a visit to Ottawa by Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Canada has announced closer digital co-operation with with our Baltic ally. This is a welcome move. Estonia is a world leader in digital public services — and cyber defence. It has to be.

Upon regaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Estonia’s leaders needed to modernize the country’s economy and infrastructure. Estonia devoted its resources to new fields, particularly the internet. As a result, Estonia has long been one of the world’s most wired states, sometimes called “e-Estonia.” It is the birthplace of Skype, and Estonia’s national data exchange platform, X-Road, used blockchain technology before the word “blockchain” was even invented. These are huge wins for a small country. Sadly, Estonia was also the first victim of politically motivated cyberattacks directed against an entire state.


American Express: 69% of Canadian retailers believe in the power of technology

According to a new report from American Express, Canadian retailers are increasingly recognising the importance of investing readily in improving customer experience in order to remain competitive within the market.

The sixth annual Canadian Retail Insights Report reveals that 97% of Canadian retailers agree that working hard to enhance the in-store experience is important, whilst 69% believe that investing in new technology is integral to continued success within the industry.


The rise of the side hustle 

Perhaps you’ve heard the adage that the way to fulfil your purpose is by following your passion. Find your bliss. Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life. Unfortunately, people are often left disappointed when they fail to secure a job that lights them up. But let’s face it: dream jobs don’t always pay the bills.

That’s why a growing trend in the business landscape has emerged: side hustles.

In simple terms, a side hustle is a job that brings in extra income and differs from your main employment. And although you might think our little resort town is readily familiar with sideline jobs—after all, the high cost of living here means many are forced into working multiple jobs just to make ends meet—the art of the side hustle runs deeper.



In the news … May 31, 2018

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Canadian hacker sentenced to five years in prison for Yahoo security breach

A Canadian young computer hacker who American investigators say unwittingly worked for Russian spies was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo that U.S. federal agents say was directed by a Russian intelligence agency.

U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during a sentencing hearing in San Francisco.


Canadian Facebook whistle-blower: I did no voter targeting for Liberal entities

The Canadian data expert whose allegations set off an international uproar about the inappropriate use of private Facebook data says there was nothing at all nefarious about his work in early 2016 for the federal Liberal caucus research bureau.

Testifying before a parliamentary committee, Chris Wylie says his work for the bureau had nothing to do with the micro-targeting and psychoanalysis of voters — and was strictly about providing communications services in support of caucus members of the incoming government.


What Does A Mobile-First Digital Transformation Strategy Look Like?

What is the one thing that consumers crave over everything else? Is it connection? Is it the ability to work on the go? Or, is it state of the art customer experiences? I believe what they want encompasses all these things, however, their desire lies in the speed in which it all happens. They want it instantly. And if you’re not delivering a mobile-first digital transformation strategy that incorporates and meets all of their desires, you’ll lose consumers to your competition.


Canada’s Terry Fox Foundation Launches Innovative Nonprofit Fundraising Portal Powered By Rallybound

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 29, 2018–The Terry Fox Foundation kicked off fundraising for its annual Terry Fox Run with the launch of a brand new fundraising portal, powered by Rallybound, The run series, the third largest peer-to-peer fundraising campaign in Canada, takes place throughout Canada at over 10,000 locations.

The portal,, allows supporters to easily set up a personal fundraising page for the events. Personalized imagery, a photo gallery and deep social media integration are just some of the many features that allow supporters to showcase their connection to Terry Fox and drive participation and donations.


Report: Brands and communications not optimised for different channels will struggle

Brands must transform the way they plan their communications across media and up the ante on mobile, as a recent report shows media consumption on mobile devices is set to rapidly rise by 2020.

The latest Zenith’s Media Consumption Forecasts 2018 showed mobile media consumption globally will rise to 28 per cent by 2020, with 123.6 daily minutes consumed. Mobile media continues to take share from other media, according to which found mobile media consumption globally will reach 24 per cent in 2018, increasing 5 per cent since 2011.

Locally, Australian consumers’ mobile media consumption will increase 143 per cent by 2020 when compared to 2013. Local digital media consumption will rise to 190 daily minutes by 2020, up 8 per cent on 2017.





In the news … May 30, 2018

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How often have you heard somebody — a new CEO, a journalist, a management consultant, a leadership guru, a fellow employee — talk about the urgent need to change the culture? They want to make it world-class. To dispense with all the nonsense and negativity that annoys employees and stops good intentions from growing into progress. To bring about an entirely different approach, starting immediately.


API Strategy to Build a Digital Innovation Platform

Digital Strategy is at the core for any business today. Organizations are working towards building a robust digital innovation platform to innovate quickly and to adhere to the dynamic business needs. Having a right API strategy is the key to digital success.

APIs are enabling the application economy, connecting business with customers and partners, and allowing true innovation through internal and external developer ecosystems. But building great APIs is about more than just design – it requires detailed, thoughtful execution.

Your API strategy needs to meet the business requirements of your organization but it must also be secure enough and be flexible enough to meet your developer community’s diverse needs.


Why your business needs a digital strategy

Keeping up with digital technologies and incorporating them into your day-to-day business is essential if you want to remain competitive in an increasingly digital marketplace.


Calgary professor brings voice to newcomers through interactive health project

A University of Calgary (U of C) professor hopes that a recent mapping project will begin an inclusive dialogue about how city policies impact our health.

“When we looked at community engagement for some of the planned changes to develop the city and create a more healthy and vibrant city… we weren’t actually hearing the voices from migrant groups,” said Suzanne Goopy, a U of C Faculty of Nursing professor, in a recent interview.

“We needed to hear the voices of newcomers to Canada.”


In the news … May 29, 2018

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More than 1,000 CRA employees disciplined for misconduct over past 4 years

The Canada Revenue Agency has disciplined more than 1,000 employees for professional misconduct over the past four years — on average one case every working day.

According to numbers obtained by CBC News, some tabled in Parliament and others provided by the agency, there were 550 cases of misconduct between April 1, 2016 and March 27, 2018. There were another 521 cases between April 2014 and March 2016 for a total of 1,071.


In the news … May 28, 2018

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CBC News takes home 51 awards at 2018 RTDNA

CBC News scooped up 51 awards on Saturday at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards, honouring national and regional journalism in TV, web and radio. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)
CBC News scooped up 51 awards on Saturday at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards, honouring national and regional journalism in TV, web and radio.


Microsoft is holding workshops about accessibility in technology across Canada

Microsoft has announced that it will be hosting ‘Ability Week,’ a week full of workshops focused on accessibility in technology, from May 29th to June 2nd. Workshops range from ‘Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day: Minecraft Coding workshop’ to ‘Mobility Day, Build the Robotic Finger workshop.’ The programs will be held at Microsoft stores across the country. Users can check out if there are any events happening near them here.

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How the GDPR is effecting Canadian business

If your Canadian business collects or has collected personal data from European customers, you needs to make sure you are not violating the new EU privacy laws, the GDPR, that took effect today (Friday, 25th of May, 2018). These rules will apply to any business, be it a small retailer that sells online or an educational institute – personal information on any resident of the European Union, student, tourist, online customer and otherwise, can result in a maximum fine of $30 million.


Companies up for achievement awards

Eleven companies will be honoured at the Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards on June 12.

The 34th annual awards received a record number of applications under a revised format, according to a news release. With five new categories, the awards will honour businesses of diversity, new and innovating exporters, and those excelling nationally and internationally.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ross Simmonds, a digital marketing strategist, entrepreneur and founder of Foundation Marketing.


Facebook and Google targeted as first GDPR complaints filed

Facebook and Google have become the targets of the first official complaints of GDPR noncompliance, filed on the day the privacy law takes effect across the EU.

Across four complaints, related to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Google’s Android operating system, European consumer rights organisation Noyb argues that the companies have forced users into agreeing to new terms of service, in breach of the requirement in the law that such consent should be freely given.