Toronto, Oct 12 (Canadian-Media): The Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) is excited to present North America’s world-renowned shoe museum, Manolo Blahnik : The Art of Shoes at 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON which runs from May 26, 2018 - January 6, 2019, media reports said.
Manolo Blahnik : The Art of Shoes, a travelling exhibition, showcases Blahnik’s inventiveness and artisanship , inspiring elegance and perfection.
The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear. The BSM is excited to be the final and only North American venue to showcase this travelling exhibition. Previous stops on the international tour included Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid. The exhibition is now open to the public and runs through until January 6, 2019.
For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection.
Explore Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes in new and unexpected ways through our programming series Exclusively Manolo. Find a program that’s a ‘perfect fit’ for you here!
#CityofToronto, #TOwaste; #app
September 24, 2018
Toronto residents can now access collection schedules, the Waste Wizard search tool and information about where to find Drop-off Depots and donation centres from their smartphone or tablet with a new City of Toronto app called TOwaste.
“The TOwaste app features the waste information people search for most on the City’s website and will equip residents with another tool to help them properly sort and dispose of waste and find out where they can donate and buy used items,” said the Mayor of Toronto. “It also demonstrates the City’s commitment to technological innovation and to providing the public with the information they need in quick and easily accessible formats.”
With the easy-to-use app, residents can quickly search the Waste Wizard while on the go for information on how to properly dispose of more than 2,000 items. The new app also makes it quick and easy to find the nearest location to donate or buy used items or drop off items such as hazardous waste.
In addition to providing collection schedules for residents with day-time curbside pickup, the free app will also allow residents to set reminders for their collection days and sign up for alerts about service disruptions.
“The TOwaste app was recommended as part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy to support the City’s reuse and diversion goals. The app is designed to make it as easy as possible for residents and visitors to participate in the City’s waste diversion programs,” said the Councillor for Ward 25 Don Valley West, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
More information on the app and how to download it is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wasteapp.
#edtech; #K-12Teachers; #anti-techteachers; #teacher-centeredapproach; #embracetechnology; #student-centeredapproach
Ottawa, June 11 (Canadian-Media): Although over the last two decade, edtech has taken over K-12 education, some teachers had failed to embrace it, media reports said.
A large number of K-12 teachers reportedly appreciate the value of edtech, but they do not use it in the classroom.
The presence of a large number of anti-tech teachers is a dilemna to our eduction community.
Power of tradition of time-honored dynamic of the K-12 teachers who believe in imparting and sharing their knowledge by engaging the students in the classroom and motivating them.
Although this model fosters a human relationship between educator and student and is student-centrered, in which the teacher serves as a guide to facilitate the learning process, instead of seeking to control it in the tech model which is taecher-centered and believes in imparting expertise.
The fear of anti-tech teachers that edtech and artificial intelligence would put them out of business is untrue, since Edtech is not a replacement for human educators; rather with its effective use it is a complement to these educators’ existing practices.
The main reason why teachers still struggle with edtech is a lack of training.
Imparting of relevant edtech training should be prioritized to boost academic achievement.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#CanadianSpaceAgency, #NASA-ledspacetelescope; #WideFieldInfraredSurveyTelescope, #WFIRST; #DrMichaelHudson; #JustinTrudeau; #JohnHutchings; #GillesLeclerc
Ottawa, May 30 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Space Agency's plans to participate in a NASA-led space telescope, Canadian astronomers' top priority for the coming decade, would be aborted due to lack of funding, media reports said.
For space scientists and industry partners, this was a blow, which left them to contemplate of a long-awaited strategy from the Trudeau government for promoting Canada’s research-and-development goals in orbit.
Dr Michael Hudson, a professor of astronomy at the University of Waterloo and Canada’s representative on the keystone mission, known as the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or WFIRST, learnt of the cancellation of funds earlier this month.
“It’s a gutting feeling,” said Hudson, who had been working on the project since 2013.
Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope/Facebook
Canada had already spent some $3.1-million in concept studies and technology development related to the instrument and felt it lost a golden opportunity to play a central role in fulfilling WFIRST’s search to determine the nature of dark energy, a mysterious phenomenon thought to be causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate and had planned its launch in the mid-2020s
Astronomers had voiced their concerns with Ottawa, earlier in the week, at a conference in Victoria, that space funding had been declining under Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime minister.
“So far, there’s been almost no action, and the only action has been arbitrary, mysterious, ill-informed and inappropriate,” said John Hutchings, an emeritus researcher with the National Research Council and chair of the committee that developed the long-range plan for Canada’s community of professional astronomers.
Canadian space agency, said researchers and industry advocates, counted on a stable budget that was more transparent around which projects get funded.
“If we count ourselves as a world-leading country in science, we have to contribute financially, otherwise we’re just going to watch the great discoveries go by,” Dr. Hudson said.
Gilles Leclerc, the agency’s director-general for space exploration, confirmed that Canada was pulling out of WFIRST purely for budget reasons. “It’s that simple and that sad,” he said.
Leclerc added that it will not be possible for Canada to jump back into the project later because of timing.
But the science case for Canada’s involvement in WFIRST was strong.
“You could not have had a better proposal,” he said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#NexusRobotics; #agBOTChallenge; #ThomasTrappenberg; #NovaScotia, #Canada
Ottawa, May 28 (Canadian-Media): Nexus Robotics, a technology startup based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, won this month the weed-and-feed international competition at the agBOT Challenge, in Rockville, Ind., media reports said.
The autonomous machine, dubbed R2 Weed2 or Hal-Bot, uses artificial intelligence to distinguish between weeds and crops and is designed to both pluck weeds and spray herbicide, .
"We want to get rid of the weed and keep the crop and even fertilize it. So one of the advancements … we made is vision systems can be better than humans at distinguishing them," said Thomas Trappenberg, part of the team behind the battery-powered robot.
A 1.5-metre square frame robot, with a central nozzle for spraying fertilizer or herbicide, has a cutting wheel to slice the weeds that have a less developed root system.
Teric Greenan, who grows vegetables on a farm in Lunenburg County in addition to his work with Nexus, came up with the idea, and hoped that the robot, with its super accuracy with where it is spraying, will be more cost-effective and less time consuming to farmers who would otherwise fight weeds with a combination of herbicides and manual labour.
"I think that our robot, it's going to have a really big part to play in integrated pest management and making sure that weeds don't become resistant to herbicides," said Greenan.
Jad Tawil, who writes the software, said it could operate with up to 99 percent accuracy if the plants were in a row.
Trappenberg said the startup's team worked 16-hour days, seven days a week for two months in preparation for the competition, where they competed with teams from large U.S. universities.
"I have to say, it was worth it," he said. "This gives us the encouragement to work even harder,,,showing that Nova Scotia can win a competition in North America, it … gives us the encouragement to work even harder."
This summer, the team would work with farmers, who would try out the prototype.
A second version of the design would also is being planned by the team which could be accessed to farmers by next year, with hopes of eventually selling it.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)