Category: Business

Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

Widespread adoption of electric cars will require huge expansion of power grid Ontario’s overabundance of utility firms may pose a major roadblock to the province’s plan to boost electric cars, some experts say. The experts say Ontario’s 75 independently operated utilities often overlap their efforts and breed inefficiency, holding back upgrades needed so the grid […]

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AltaLink sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway approved

| July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
AltaLink sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway approved

AltaLink owns more than half of Alberta’s transmission grid Berkshire Hathaway’s plan to buy SNC-Lavalin’s share of the AltaLink power utility has received Industry Canada’s approval, subject to several conditions. Among other things, Berkshire Hathaway Energy has agreed the maintain employment levels and AltaLink will be locally managed, with its headquarters, executives and operations in […]

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Electric racing motorcycle future of motor sports?

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Electric racing motorcycle future of motor sports?

Club needs $25,000 to build electric racing motorcycle The most interesting University of Calgary student  union club is called Team Zeus. It’s only three years old but these undergrads are building an electric racing motorcycle. “For me I’ve always been really fascinated with electric vehicles. I like the idea of being involved with a new up and […]

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Social media marketing: Do these 3 things!

| July 14, 2014 | 3 Comments
Social media marketing: Do these 3 things!

Most small businesses are confused about social media marketing – Are you? A while ago I was speaking to potential client about his current marketing strategy and he informed me quite matter-of-factly that he was “doing social media marketing.” Evidently he wasn’t prepared for my simple follow-up question. “What does that mean?” I asked. He […]

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Smartphone banking apps coming soon for Canadians

| July 13, 2014 | 1 Comment
Smartphone banking apps coming soon for Canadians

American banks were much quicker to offer smartphone banking apps Canadian banks are behind their American counterparts in offering smartphone banking apps to customer, but that is about to change, say experts. Smartphone banking apps promise to be the next big thing in consumer banking, holding the promise of everything from fewer trips to the local […]

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Alberta wildfires update: Backcountry closed in some areas

| July 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta wildfires update: Backcountry closed in some areas

Alberta wildfires near Rocky Mountain House, Banff, north of Slave Lake A heat wave across Western Canada has created problems for crews battling Alberta wildfires and one in northwest British Columbia that has forced oil rig crews to abandon work camps. Alberta Environment is closing parts of the backcountry near Rocky Mountain House because of a […]

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WestJet adding wide-body aircraft to its fleet for overseas travel

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
WestJet adding wide-body aircraft to its fleet for overseas travel

WestJet looking to expand fleet in time for 2015 winter season Looking towards the 2015 winter season, WestJet has announced it is moving forward with plans to fly its own wide-body aircraft on some overseas flights. WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky says the company is currently in the advanced stages of sourcing wide-body aircraft […]

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New battery technology developed by UofA researchers

| July 5, 2014 | 8 Comments
New battery technology developed by UofA researchers

New battery technology energy output 5 – 8 times higher than lithium ion batteries The next-generation of battery technology capable of charging faster and lasting longer than today’s standard lithium-ion batteries has been developed by a research team from the University of Alberta. “What we’ve done is develop a new electrochemistry technology that can provide high energy […]

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Do you have unclaimed money in a forgotten account?

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Do you have unclaimed money in a forgotten account?

Unclaimed money includes closed bank accounts, Canada Savings Bonds and paid up insurance policies Millions of Canadians unknowingly have billions of dollars worth of their unclaimed money and assets being held by companies and government agencies, available for recovery. The Bank of Canada alone is holding nearly $1 billion of unclaimed money  from bank accounts […]

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Guaranteed minimum wage an idea whose time has come?

| June 29, 2014 | 2 Comments
Guaranteed minimum wage an idea whose time has come?

Conservative Senator Hugh Segal championed idea of guaranteed minimum wage for years A group of academics and activists is trying to drum up interest in an ambitious plan to provide every Canadian with a guaranteed minimum wage - whether or not they have a job. Rob Rainer, a campaign director for the Basic Income Canada Network, envisions a […]

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