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TSX up and loonie rises

Posted on 11 April 2019

Canada's main stock index shows a moderate gain in morning trade. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 93.74 points at 16,195.83 after 90 minutes of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 249.67 points at 26,178.35. The S&P 500 index was up 24.07 points at 2,858.47, while the Nasdaq composite was up 78.69 points at 7,808.01. The C ...

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This ECE alumna is expanding access to machine learning tools while advocating for data security

Posted on 11 April 2019

U of T Engineering alumna Mai Mavinkurve (CompE 0T3) believes that with big data comes big responsibility. “There is immense value in data,” says Mavinkurve, an artificial intelligence (AI) entrepreneur and data rights advocate. “The people, companies and societies who figure out how to harness it will be successful.” As an engineering undergraduate, ...

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Bell: Kenney, Calgary's empty offices and city hall chaos

Posted on 11 April 2019

It does not feel like April Fool’s Day though there are fools. But they’re not funny or entertaining or clever. More like pathetic. The empty offices of Calgary’s downtown are very real, on this day and every day, though there is plenty of flim-flam to go around. Premier Notley is in the city again. The premier says she knows this is a difficult time for Calgarians. People ar ...

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DHX Media selling building in Toronto for $12 million, proceeds to pay down debt

Posted on 11 April 2019

The children’s media company says the sale of the building on Bartley Dr. in Toronto is part of its ongoing effort to focus and streamline its operations. The transaction, which is subject to conditions, is expected to close on or about June 6. DHX is the company behind such properties as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and the Degrassi fr ...

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Companies in Cannabis Services Implement Innovative Technologies to Bolster Growth

Posted on 09 April 2019

NEW YORK -- The cannabis plant has recently seen a widespread growth in popularity and even though the plant is still considered illegal in most countries, a handful are moving towards legalization. Most of these countries are legalizing cannabis for medical purposes, while some are looking to legalize it for recreational use as well. Cannabis is commonly stereotyped as a psychoactive dr ...

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Disruptive Big Data Company Quantexa Begins Canada Expansion

Posted on 02 April 2019

Toronto, March 29, 2019: Quantexa, a leading enterprise intelligence company specializing in advanced data analytics, has furthered its international expansion by opening a new office in Toronto. The office is situated in the financial hub of Canada and aims to have 25 Toronto-based employees by the end of 2019. This will include a 20-strong delivery team of data scientists and en ...

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How to recognize a dishonest tax scheme promoter

Posted on 31 March 2019

(NC) Your tax dollars fund programs that benefit our communities. People who evade taxes through schemes or other frauds take resources away from all Canadians. Some dishonest or questionable tax schemes are plans and arrangements that attempt to deceive taxpayers by promising to reduce the taxes they owe, either through large deductions or tax-free income. They also include other ...

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The Problem With San Francisco’s Proposal to Ban Vaping

Posted on 28 March 2019

San Francisco is on a bit of a banning spree. Last year, it was electric scooters. Now, the city is considering a bill to get rid of cashless stores and legislation that could effectively ban vaping. That last bit of proposed legislation hinges on the idea that we don’t yet know enough about e-cigarettes to allow them. It’s not an outright ban; it’s a proposed ban of vapes th ...

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Vaping is an urgent threat to public health

Posted on 28 March 2019

Youth are using e-cigarettes (also known as vaping devices) at a rapidly increasing rate — a practice that constitutes an urgent threat to public health. Preliminary survey data suggests that, for the first time in 30 years, the youth smoking rate has increased in Canada, with e-cigarettes being the suspected cause. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control in the ...

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State targeting vaping sales to minors

Posted on 28 March 2019

HARRISBURG — Minors who attempt to buy vaping products or get caught with e-cigarettes at school could face criminal charges under legislation that passed the state House unanimously Monday. It’s already illegal, under federal law, for stores to sell vaping products to minors. Pennsylvania state law allows police to charge minors for trying to buy tobacco products or bringing ...