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In the news … June 9, 2018

Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives win majority in Ontario

TORONTO — Doug Ford rode a populist wave to power in Ontario on Thursday, capturing a Progressive Conservative majority by harnessing voters’ economic anxiety and anger with a scandal-plagued Liberal government.
The Tory leader’s election promises, which invited comparisons to U.S. President Donald Trump, were in stark contrast to the other left-leaning major parties and included income tax cuts, scrapping the Liberals’ updated sex-ed curriculum and strongly opposing a carbon tax.

How to Become a Master of Disaster

If you like disaster stories, you’ll love Meltdown, by Chris Clearfield, a principal at risk consultancy System Logic, and András Tilcsik, an associate professor at the Rotman School of Management. The authors cover a gamut of catastrophe, from a ruined Thanksgiving dinner to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and the multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant caused by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The worst part of all these examples: According to the authors, they were preventable.

Canada to hold key 5G spectrum auction in 2020, says Innovation Minister Bains

Canada’s government will auction key wireless spectrum for fifth-generation mobile networks in 2020, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Wednesday.
“We believe this puts us in a relatively strong position relative to our international peers,” Bains said prior to his speech at the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto.
“We will still be ahead of Australia and Germany and will be (among) the top five countries when it comes to making spectrum available for 5G.”

Tech Brain Drain is Being Solved by International Talent—But We Have to Look Deeper

Despite all of the Canadian brain drain narratives floating around, it seems there is an influx of foreign talent coming to the country to replace leaving workers, especially in tech roles. The federal government recently released their Express Entry Year-end Report for 2017 which details and consolidates information about some of Canada’s key economic immigration programs. The results show that despite losing some homegrown talent to brain drain—which is essentially tech talent heading to the U.S. in search of higher-paying jobs—Canada is still adding more and more talent through immigration programs.

Jun 7, 2018

TSN and RDS are now available through digital subscription

Just in time for 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™, it was announced today in advance of the #CTVUpfront that Canadians have a new way to get TSN and RDS with the introduction of TSN Direct and RDS Direct. Canadian sports fans now have a digital subscription option to access TSN, including the network’s five feeds featuring 60+ iconic championship events, on-demand content, and exclusive bonus streams of major sporting events. French-language content from RDS, RDS2, and RDS INFO, is also available through its own direct, monthly subscription.

What happens at a Speed Mentoring event for new Canadians?

It is 5.30 pm and the cavernous hall at a downtown hotel is filled with hundreds of smart professionals dressed in business attire. They are there to attend the 2018 Speed Mentoring Marathon hosted by ACCES Employment, billed as the largest such event in the GTA.
In attendance are over 400 mentees, all ACCES clients who’ve graduated from their intensive five-week program that prepares highly educated new immigrants to enter the Canadian workforce. There are around 80 mentors from large corporations like Accenture and RBC, many of these mentors happen to be former clients of ACCES who’ve gone on to work in senior positions at top companies as well as professionals like Accenture’s Prachi Bante who signed up to be a mentor to new immigrants.


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