Sidewalk Labs' smart neighborhood in Toronto is edging closer to becoming a reality after it revealed the initial draft plan for the site. It's proposing that Quayside should be focused around 12 mass-timber buildings, with a maximum height of 30 stories and a mix of residential, retail and commercial spaces in each.
Columbus, Ohio is named Smart Cities Dive’s city of 2018
Columbus, Ohio has been named City of the Year in the Smart Cities Dive website’s awards for its work on transit and electrification.
The US city won the US Department of Transportation’s inaugural Smart City Challenge two years ago – and is rolling out a variety of smart city-related programmes.
Closure of Oshawa GM plant augurs transforming Ontario economy
Earlier this week, drowned out by the news that General Motors was going to close its historic assembly operations in Oshawa, Ont., there was another big industrial announcement in Ontario. It wasn’t about cars.
It was about chickens.
Maple Leaf Foods said it was going to build a new $660-million poultry-processing plant in London, Ont., that would eventually employ 1,450 workers. The Ontario government was going to provide $34.5 million in grants while the federal government was chipping in $28 million to build a state-of-the art facility.Read more
Canada needs to do more to nurture its tech clusters, report says
Canada’s growing tech talent is drawing more investment to cities like Toronto and Montreal, but the country could lose momentum if it doesn’t do more to encourage industries to scale up, according to CBRE Ltd.
The country lacks “tech clusters,” dense areas of activity that contain critical mass for companies and educational and research institutions, the Toronto-based brokerage said in a report Thursday. Tech clusters like those in San Francisco and Seattle have helped propel those cities to global success but Toronto is the only Canadian city competitive enough to rank among powerhouses in North America.Read more
Eindhoven is the centre of a new European photonics project
A new European photonics project has kicked off in Eindhoven this week. The R&D costs that are involved in developing photonic chips are high, 12 12 partners from northwestern Europe are creating an open access pilot line that will drastically reduce costs and time for the pilot production of new products. The facility is meant for shared use by European SMEs. The 14 million euro project (OIP4NWE) is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and led by the Eindhoven University of Technology. The production facility that is going to be built is expected to create a thousand new companies and thousands of jobs. It should be fully operational in 2022.Read more
Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge launch new public engagement platform
The cities of Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener and the Region of Waterloo are launching a new public engagement platform: Engage Waterloo Region (EngageWR). The new tool gives citizens the opportunity to have their say on local projects and initiatives. With evolving needs and the advancement of online engagement, the cities and the Region have switched to a new platform that will better facilitate public engagement through more robust tools and a modern, user-friendly design.
A single registration gives participants full access to all online public engagement opportunities for the Region of Waterloo and the cities of Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo. Registered users can tailor their preferences to receive notifications about topics that mean the most to them. The interactive and user-friendly site allows users to participate in different ways and stay updated throughout the lifetime of a project.Read more
Sidewalk Labs reveals site plan for smart neighborhood in Toronto
The plan seeks to address some of Toronto's key urban issues, such as congested roads, expensive housing and job creation. It earmarks at least 20 percent of residential units for affordable housing (and 40 percent below-market rate housing overall) and 50 percent as rental units for the 5,000 or so residents it hopes will live there.
Taiwanese factories moving to Taoyuan as China-US trade war heats up
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the trade war between the U.S. and China looks to continue to ramp up, Taiwanese tech companies are starting to pull out of China and shift production to the northern Taiwanese city of Taoyuan, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Though Taoyuan had suffered from a flight of industries to China over the decades, like the rest of Taiwan, the trend appears to be reversing as Taiwanese companies scramble to try to dodge current and potential future tariffs on tech gadgets made in China. Many Taiwanese companies are choosing Taoyuan because of the proximity of Taiwan's largest international airport, the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and existing facilities at their disposal.Read more
Toronto company doing 'virtual' rounds in rural P.E.I. hospital
Imagine being a patient in a hospital without doctors.
Well, that scenario is currently playing itself out at Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., thanks to Maple, a trailblazing tele-medicine provider based in Toronto.
The three-year-old company has been conducting a six-month pilot project of tele-rounding — meaning a doctor’s rounds are done via video teleconference — at the hospital located in a rural area of the province since August.Read more
Quantum Startup in Waterloo Backed by BlackBerry Co-Founder Gets $10 Million
A Canadian startup backed by BlackBerry Ltd. co-founder Mike Lazaridis has raised $10 million to fund further growth.
Silicon Valley venture capital firm Shasta Ventures led the investment round in Isara Corp., which sells encryption technology to protect data from the threat of hackers armed with quantum computers.Read more
Trillium Hatchery Inc. opens new 70-thousand square foot facility in Stratford
There’s a new addition to the business landscape in Stratford.
Trillium Hatchery Inc. held a ribbon cutting-cutting ceremony at their 70-thousand square foot facility in the city’s Wright Business Park on Tuesday.
The city says the facility is a $25 million dollar investment which will generate economic opportunities in Stratford and across Ontario.Read more