#AdobeSystemsInc.; #SiliconValleysoftwaregiant; #artificialintelligence; #Photoshop; #Acrobat; #Toronto, #Ontario; # NVIDIACorp., #FacebookInc., #MicrosoftCorp., #UberTechnologies, #GoogleParentAlphabetInc., #ThalesSA; #SamsungElectronicsCo.Ltd., #FujitsuLtd. #LGElectronicsInc; #Montreal; #VivekGoel; #GeoffreyHinton; #YoshuaBengio; #RichSutton
Toronto, Jun 27 (Canadian-Media): Recently Adobe Systems Inc., the latest foreign technology and the Silicon Valley software giant is planning to open an artificial intelligence (AI) lab in Canada, media reports said.
Adobe Systems Inc. Image credit: Facebook page
Adobe Systems Inc., best known for document-creation products Photoshop and Acrobat, according to a job posting on LinkedIn, was keen to “establish a cutting-edge research lab in artificial intelligence, that will both push the state-of-the-art and have a profound impact on Adobe’s products,” in a Toronto-based AI lab.
Fast Company recently named Adobe one of the 10 most innovative companies in the AI space.
AI's breakthroughs in the field this decade led to wider adoption by a range of sectors.
Adobe would follow foreign giants NVIDIA Corp., Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Uber Technologies, Google Parent Alphabet Inc., Thales SA and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Fujitsu Ltd. and LG Electronics Inc., who have opened AI labs in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton or Vancouver or disclosed plans to do so.
Meanwhile, National Bank of Canada is also looking to ramp up its AI practice.
The Montreal-based bank last year “realized we had a fundamental opportunity for our organization” to tap into the city’s teeming AI talent pool, said David Furlong, the bank’s senior vice-president of AI, venture capital and blockchain.
Recently math and statistics professor Manuel Morales and its chief scientist from the University of Montreal were hired by the bank.
The bank is also staffing eight teams comprised of business leads and AI scientists that will be embedded in all business units from wealth management to human resources to solve real world problems for thier clients and staff.
Significant investments have been made in AI talent in Canada by several other large Canadian corporations including Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Manulife Financial Corp. and Thomson Reuters Corp. in the past two years.
This week, Manulife said it was re-entering the whole- life insurance business and using AI to speed up the process for customers to buy life insurance by drawing on decades of internal underwriting data.
Using its technology, retailers can improve sales forecasting to help optimize operations, and advertisers can automate the process of tagging and searching for images from vast digital libraries and train machines to crop or manipulate them to cut time spent producing content.
“AI is playing a critical role across Adobe’s solutions and is one of the company’s biggest bets,” an Adobe spokeswoman said.
Vivek Goel, vice-president of research and innovation with University of Toronto, said foreign companies are now looking beyond just establishing AI research labs in Toronto and considering moving core development operations here to take advantage of the local talent.
“From my perspective it’s very positive. It’s creating opportunities for our folks to develop careers in Canada, where traditionally these individuals may have gone abroad,” he said.
Three research pioneers, Geoffrey Hinton at University of Toronto, Yoshua Bengio at University of Montreal and Rich Sutton at University of Alberta-- who left opportunities in the U.S. to move to Canada, preferring the political and/or research-funding climate here -- were responsible for Canada's earning its place on the global AI map.
#Pickering, Ontario, #DougFord; #PickeringNuclearGeneratingStation; #DurhamRegion
Pickering, Jun 21 (Canadian-Media): Premier-Designate Doug Ford confirmed today, his commitment to keeping the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in operation until 2024, media reports said.
This commitment will reportedly protect 4,500 local jobs in Durham Region and an additional 3,000 jobs provincewide.
"I made a promise to the people of Durham, and particularly to the workers here at Pickering, that we would stand up for their jobs, and the more than 7,500 jobs across Ontario that depend on this site," said Ford, who was joined by local incoming MPPs Peter Bethlenfalvy, Rod Phillips, Lindsey Park and Lorne Coe at the event. "Today I am pleased to confirm that our incoming government will keep this promise. We will follow through. We will protect these jobs."
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
The Pickering station is part of a larger nuclear industry that supports 60,000 jobs across Ontario. It produces enough power for the equivalent of Hamilton, Waterloo, and London combined at a low cost. The low-cost energy produced at the site will save Ontario electricity customers $600 million by 2024.
"I believe in made-in-Ontario electricity and made-in-Ontario jobs," said Ford. "The clean electricity generated at the Pickering station will save consumers across Ontario millions and keep great paying jobs right here in Durham Region. I will never apologize for doing the right thing and fighting for Ontario jobs."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JohnTory; #City’sVisionZeroRoadSafetyplan; #GaryCrawford, #JayeRobinson; #Toronto, #Ontario
Toronto, Jun 15 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory, alongside Chair of Public Works Jaye Robinson and Budget Chief Gary Crawford, announced this morning that he would pledge an additional $13 million from the from the City’s 2017 budget surplus for the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety plan this year, media reports said.
Tory said that reportedly the motion would be moved at next week’s Executive Committee.
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook page
The City had invested $21 million on Vision Zero initiatives in 2018 year and $87 million on Vision Zero over five years. The addition of $13-million from this year’s surplus will bring the total five-year investment in Vision Zero to $100-million.
“I have been horrified by the deaths of pedestrians and cyclists in Toronto. Over the past few days, we have once again seen how dangerous and deadly our streets can be,” said Mayor Tory. “I will be directing as much as possible from the City’s budget surplus to further accelerate and intensify the rollout of our road safety measures on our streets.”
With $13 million more committed to the Vision Zero plan this year, the City can undertake the road safety measures including speeding up road redesign initiatives; doubling the number of leading pedestrian intervals from 40 to 80 being installed this year; installation of zebra markings at up to 200 additional intersections; speed hump installations backlog to be cleared; bike lanes along our 10 main cycling corridors including painting green lanes through intersection sand to be enhanced to alert drivers of a bike lane running right through the intersection.
These five actions would be prioritized on the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety plan that City staff are delivering in 2018.
The staff would be directed by Tory to utilize accelerated funding, for as many safety measures as possible.
Tory would, on a regular basis, be meeting with staff to ensure this work is being directed in the right direction.
“This week, I also had several meetings with city staff and delivered a clear and unequivocal message: do everything possible as quickly as possible to make our streets safer,” said Mayor Tory.
“I am devastated every time we hear someone has been killed or injured on our streets,” said Councillor Robinson. “We are focused on doing everything we can to protect pedestrians, school children, older adults and cyclists. That’s why this year we accelerated the senior safety zone program and the school zone program. But we know more must be done and that’s why I fully support the acceleration of Vision Zero.”
Last year under the Vision Zero plan the city had launched the school safety zones and senior safety zones; almost 100 signalized intersections installed with longer pedestrian crossing times; 74 new red-light cameras installed; and 28 intersections underwent physical changes, to reduce the distance that pedestrians have to cross the road and help reduce aggressive driving.
“We know that we have a healthy surplus from 2017 largely the result of higher than anticipated revenue from the City’s land transfer tax,” said Councillor Crawford. “We will be able to put the surplus into reserve funds and invest in further road safety improvements. This is the right thing to do and I will be urging all my council colleagues to support this.”
#Canada, #Quebec; #loans; #steelandaluminiumcompanies; #DominiqueAnglade, #DonaldTrump
Ottawa, June 12 (Canadian-Media): Quebec, province of Canada made an offer on Monday of loans and guarantees on loans, to steel and aluminum companies hit by recent United States (U.S.) tariffs, amounting to C$100 million ($77.1 million), media reports said.
The impact of the U.S steel and aluminium tariffs on metals was felt more keenly than the 2017 U.S. announcement of tariffs on softwood lumber, said Quebec's Economy Minister Dominique Anglade,
Dominique Anglade. Image credit: Twitter handle
Although Quebec's economy was not much impacted by U.S steel and aluminium tariffs, the real cause of concern was the unpredictability of U.S. President Donald Trump's trade policy.
Reporters in Montreal learnt from Anglade that introduction of the program took place only after aluminum and steel companies received feedback from clients' reluctance to pay the tariffs.
“What they’re telling us is some of their contracts were canceled,” she said, adding some had already slowed down production.
Owing to this fact, many Canadian companies across the country felt that they reconsider their investment plans.
“The value of the impact is hard to assess,” Anglade added. “We’re seeing something that we haven’t seen in softwood lumber.”
Quebec government's initial step of offering $100 million loan to the companies would reportedly be followed by holding another meeting next week with stakeholders to reassess the situation.
Quebec government wanted to protect of 30,000 workers, currently employed by Quebec's steel and aluminum industries, from any layoffs, Anglade said.
"What's going to be really important is to stay agile and be connected to what the companies are telling us," she said.
"We want to protect the interests of the workers, as well."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
June 11, 2018
Fourth annual Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Leadership Awards presented by the City of Toronto
This morning, Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough-Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee, presented the Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Leadership Awards at the Economic Development Committee meeting.
The PAYE Leadership Awards recognize outstanding contributions, leadership and dedication to the City's PAYE initiative, by honouring individuals and organizations that increase access to employment opportunities for Toronto's youth. This is the fourth year the awards were presented.
"Connecting more youth with employment opportunities is one of the City's ongoing priorities," said Mayor John Tory. "Through the work of the PAYE program and these outstanding organizations being honoured today, we are making those connections and helping to reduce youth unemployment and poverty in our city."
"I am honoured to present these awards to organizations that have shown exceptional leadership and commitment to our city's young people," said Councillor Thompson. "I would also like to recognize the exceptional work by our City divisions that made 2017 another successful year for the PAYE program."
The following awards were presented today:
2017 PAYE Leadership Award for Impact
Presented to Youth Connect, CivicAction Leadership Foundation and LinkedIn for their leadership and dedication in providing online tools to youth with employment barriers, enabling them to build their professional networks and find work in an increasingly digital society.
2017 PAYE Leadership Award for Influence
Presented to Oxford Properties, Yorkdale Shopping Centre for their exceptional commitment to engaging Yorkdale retailers in local hiring events, which have resulted in hundreds of opportunities for PAYE youth.
2017 PAYE Leadership Award for Involvement
Presented to Youth Employment Partnerships for their outstanding commitment to collaboration and to connecting Toronto youth with networking, skills development, training, work experience and job opportunities.
PAYE is a joint initiative shared by private sector employers, the City of Toronto and a network of community agencies committed to supporting youth 18-29 to find and maintain employment. Since its launch in 2009, PAYE has provided thousands of youth with one-on-one support, referrals to training and education, access to networking and mentoring opportunities, and jobs with career potential.
In 2017, PAYE worked with 334 employers and more than 2,300 youth, helping to secure more than 1,000 jobs with some of the city's top employers.
#Toronto’sGreenestNeighbourhoods; #JohnTory; #PartnersinClimateActiongrantprogram; #MinistryofEnvironmentandClimateChange; #City'sHomeEnergyLoanProgram; #City'sTransformTOClimateActionStrategy
Toronto, June 11 (Canadian-Media): A project project called 'Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods' was launched today by the city of Toronto to promote energy efficiency among the owners of single-family homes, media reports said.
Through its Partners in Climate Action grant program, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is funding 'Toronto's Greenest Neighbourhoods'.
With the support of these local community groups, the project will run in the following neighbourhoods until November 30, 2018, partnering, engaging and supporting residents directly in their communities.
The community groups and respective neighbourhoods were selected based on interest process.
These neighbourhoods reportedly are: Green Parkdale/Greenest City, Parkdale (Ward 14); The Pocket Community Association, The Pocket (Blake-Jones neighbourhood in Ward 30); and Green 13, (northern part of Ward 13) and Rockcliffe-Smythe neighbourhood (Ward 11).
"Our homes and buildings are the largest source of local greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto so it's important for us to act," said Mayor John Tory. "I encourage all Toronto homeowners to take advantage of the programs and incentives offered by the City of Toronto, the Province and others to make their homes more efficient, comfortable and resilient.”
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook page
Energy efficiency programs and incentives currently available to homeowners include the City's Home Energy Loan Program plus thousands of dollars in rebates on energy efficient heating systems, insulation, windows and more, offered by the Province of Ontario and utility companies.
Today, homes and buildings generate about half of the local greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto.
It has been identified by the City's TransformTO Climate Action Strategy that by 2015, 100 percent of all existing homes need to be 40 percent more energy efficient.