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One Degree Thursday September 9 2021

Everything you need to know about the federal election and CBC News 

CBC News is one of the production partners for Thursday night’s official English-language debate, which will feature, from left, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul. (CBC, Erin O’Toole/Creative Commons, CBC, CBC, Chris Young/The Canadian Press)


The rise and fall of merit

In the 12th and 13th centuries, Venice was the richest city in Europe. Located in an unpromising swamp, it overcame its geographical disadvantages by, among other things, embracing the talent of its citizens. Where the rest of the continent was yoked under hereditary monarchs and rulers, Venice was governed by an elected doge who was steered by a council of graybeards. The city’s institutions promoted workers on the basis of capability, while Venetian sailors gained in maritime reach and invested their proceeds in building up the city. But in the early 14th century, La Serenissima’s elites changed their approach. Realizing that social mobility necessitated downward as well as upward movement, a group of powerful families sought to preserve the status quo and began la serrata, the closure. Migrants were no longer welcome. Trade came under state control.


TD Named Best Consumer Digital Bank in Canada by Global Finance

TD Bank Group has been named the “Best Consumer Digital Bank in Canada” by Global Finance in their 2021 World’s Best Consumer Digital Banks Awards. The magazine’s 22nd annual industry awards placed TD on top in seven additional key performance categories, including:


5 Big Myths of AI and Machine Learning Debunked

Despite the numbing buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), it’s more than abstract ideas and hypothetical applications. AI and ML are already powering tools that can give your business decision-making processes a massive upgrade. The technology is here, it’s already proving itself in the market, and it’s increasingly being built with business in mind. The myths around artificial intelligence can get pretty dense, so we’ve taken five of the biggest and dissected them to help you understand the truth about today’s AI landscape. Here’s what you really need to know.


British Columbia startup Certn wins KPMG’s inaugural Canadian Tech Innovator competition

Certn, a Victoria-based startup that provides real-time background checks for employers and landlords, emerged as the Canadian Tech Innovator of 2021 in the inaugural KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in Canada competition, KPMG in Canada announced today.


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