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The history and importance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

Every September, Canada marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Established in 2021, this national statutory Holiday coincides with Orange Shirt Day. Both days recognize the tragic legacy of Canada’s residential school system, the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of these institutions. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) honours the survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, and their families and communities. Public commemoration of the residential school system’s tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts is…

Top 5 real-world IoT applications in 2022

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next phase of the industrial revolution. Technology allows physical devices to be brought into the digital domain. IoT is the fusion of the “real world” with the “digital world,” allowing for accessible communication between people, objects and processes. The application space for IoT is disparate. Different categories of users have different needs and expectations. As one of the categories of IoT users, businesses have needs that can accelerate the introduction of new applications. These needs include increasing productivity and ensuring…

Importance of Sustainable IT

Sustainable IT, also known as Green IT, aims to minimize the negative impact on the environment in all areas of IT operations, including the design, manufacturing, operation and disposal of technology, computers and other computer-related products. It is the practice of environmental sustainability in the IT industry. In the IT industry and offices worldwide, desktops, laptops and servers rely on electricity. Various equipment must either be charged or plugged in at all times. Computers and servers generate heat, which requires additional energy to cool the equipment. Across…

Top 5 cybersecurity trends heading into 2023

Cybersecurity has always been a never-ending race, but the rate of change is accelerating. It has grown into a fast-moving sector as security providers and hackers compete to outsmart each other. New threats and innovative ways to combat them are emerging all the time. Companies continue to invest in technology to help run their businesses, layering more systems into their IT networks to support remote work, enhance customer experience and generate value, all creating new vulnerabilities. This blog will explore the top cybersecurity trends to look for…

Internet of Things (IoT): What is it, and why does it matter?

Undoubtedly, the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the essential branches of new technologies. Many companies can reap the benefits of the IoT – it is a technology that can save money, reduce costs and is environmentally friendly. But what is behind it all? IoT breaks down into four major components: devices, connectivity, data processing and user interface (UI). With the rapid technological enhancement of the IoT ecosystem, the device is now on the network, connecting devices everywhere to users who can then manage the devices…

Government of Canada addresses nation’s labour shortage

The Canadian economy has made a strong and rapid recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada has recovered 114% of the jobs lost compared to before the pandemic, and the unemployment rate now sits at just 4.9%, the lowest in five decades. As Canada continues to recover from the pandemic, employers are actively looking to fill hundreds of thousands of vacant positions in all sectors across the country. Job creation and economic growth The federal government is making investments to create more jobs and spur economic growth. Terry…

Top Business trends shaping the future of the workplace

As we move into the second half of 2022, now is a great time to consider the business trends that will shape the future of the workplace and how it will impact our workforce. Forbes, a leading technology and commerce media company, recently compiled a list of the most anticipated global business trends for 2022 – 2025. Here are top business trends that will impact the workplace in the near future. Remote work Remote work is here to stay. More than 50% of employees in Canada say…

How international students impact the Canadian economy

More and more international students view Canada as a top study destination. As Canada recovers and rebuilds post-pandemic, international students will play a crucial role in rebuilding the economy. Canada is seeing a surge of international student applications for post-secondary education after enrolment declined during the pandemic. In late 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reported more than 730,000 new student permit applications through August 2021, nearly a 27% increase over the same period in 2019. The growth in 2021 application volumes paints a broader picture…

Top 5 ways to support the well-being of your team

Most companies acknowledge that their employees spend most of their waking lives at work. The COVID-19 pandemic – and the move to remote and hybrid work – clouded many built-in boundaries at work and made maintaining a work-life balance more difficult. Specifically, for those working from home for the first time, working from home means working longer hours and not knowing when or how to switch off. A study by Qualtrics revealed that burnout and workplace stress are among the top reasons employees say they will look for a new job…

History of Emancipation Day and Celebrations in Canada

Last year, on March 24, 2021, Canada’s House of Commons voted unanimously to recognize August 1 as Emancipation Day. It marks the day when the British Empire abolished the practice of slavery for close to a million African people and their descendants across the former colonies in 1834. After years of campaigning by Black legislators and community advocates, Canada officially marked the abolishment of slavery nearly 200 years ago. However, many Canadians aren’t aware Indigenous people were enslaved along with African people on the land that is…