Public Sector

CanadianCIO of the Year finalist a bridge builder by nature

This is one in a series of profiles of tech leaders named as a finalist for the 2019 ITAC CanadianCIO of Year Award. Mr. Sanderson will be part of a Nov. 14 Town Hall discussion for finalists focused on the changing role of the CIO. The ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year winners will be announced …

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Growing Canadian tech haven is not where you’d expect

When it comes to Canadian tech hubs, the province of Nova Scotia rarely comes to mind – but it should. Nova Scotia’s world-class post-secondary institutions like Dalhousie University, which has often been leveraged when promoting technical innovation in the region, garners a lot of interest. Retaining that talent to grow the tech scene in the …

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Waze integrates city data into Google Cloud

Waze is integrating its city data with Google Cloud to allow for cities to more easily access, organize, store, interpret, and share its transportation data. Waze for City Data, formerly known as the Connected Citizens Program, was created in 2014 and has since attained 1,000 global partners, including the City of Toronto, City of Winnipeg …

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Ontario privacy commissioner worries about lack of data oversight in proposed Sidewalk Labs plan

Ontario’s privacy commissioner has added his voice to those raising objections to Sidewalk Labs’ proposed digital governance regime for Toronto’s planned data-driven lakefront Quayside project. A lack of independent public oversight, a cumbersome mandate that overlaps with provincial and federal watchdogs and an insufficient role for the city are the main objections of commissioner Brian …

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Elevate: The smart city debate

Smart cities are a hot topic today; all the more so in Toronto with all of the controversy surrounding the proposed smart city district at the Quayside. The project, which is being helmed by Sidewalk Labs, has been slowed down due to concerns from citizens of the city regarding data privacy, as well as the …

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Student survey reveals 95% of students feel mandatory online courses are a bad idea

A new survey from the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association (OSTA-AECO) revealed that 95 per cent of the 6087 students surveyed disapprove of the e-learning mandate introduced by the provincial government back in March. Beginning in 2020 all high school students in Ontario will be required to complete four e-learning courses to earn their high school …

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Ontario to ban classroom cellphone use starting November

Ontario will be restricting cellphone use in classrooms starting Nov. 4, 2019. The new rule applies to all personal electronic devices, which include laptops, cellphones, and any device that can be used to access the internet. It also applies to both students and staff during class times. People with special needs and emergency services are …

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