How Do We Put Ourselves Back Together Again?
I wrote my last post, “Why Are We Falling Apart?” in response to a heartfelt editorial by David Brooks of The New York Times. Confronting today’s epidemic of inhumane behavior in America – reckless driving, unrest in schools, fights on airliners, hate crimes and murders – he asked, “What the hell is going on?” His plaintive and honest answer was “I don’t know.”
In my post, I explained why I thought we have been falling apart – not just recently but gradually for the past 40 years, and not just in the United States but in fellow industrialized nations around the world.
But understanding reasons is only gets us so far. What matters is what we can do about it.Read more
Moment of Truth - Dan Mathieson (Mayor of Stratford, Ontario, Canada)
What do Intelligent Communities know that others do not? Intelligent Communities like Espoo (Finland), Dublin (Ohio, USA), Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Tallinn (Estonia) and the current Intelligent Community of the Year, Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) are no longer just “smart cities.” They have gone at least one level higher. In our Moment of Truth podcast series, we ask them when they realized that they had gone from “smart city” to Intelligent Community, and what exactly it means to them. We also ask how they managed to get there.
Policing in Intelligent Communities - Stratford, Ontario, Canada
In this series with mayors, police chiefs and other leading thinkers on the topic of policing and collaborative leadership, we ask how Intelligent Communities are responding to the issue and what advantages and best practices they might offer others.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
New Samsonsite Headquarters Opens In Stratford
A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marks the opening of the new Samsonite Canada expanded Canadian Head Office in Stratford
The new 140,000-sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility features a warehouse, offices, showroom and Company Outlet store.
The new facility is on a 10.4-acre site behind Festival Marketplace Mall on C.H. Meier Boulevard.
Samsonite first opened in Stratford in 1956 and recently celebrated 60 years in Canada. The company produces luggage, business cases, casual bags, and accessories.Read more
Hold that Thought. Energy Storage is Growing for Stratford on Ontario’s Electric Grid
A recent tour of Canada’s biggest battery allowed participants to get up close to an 8.8MW/40MWh lithium-ion array housed in an otherwise unremarkable looking shed in the Wright Industrial Park in Stratford, Ontario.
“This is a historical moment,” says Stefan Goertz, Director of Development of Energy Services for Saturn Power, EPC contractor (in a joint venture with Ellis Don) and co-developer (with Hecate Energy). “But in the future, we’re going to see a lot more of this.”Read more
Connect2Skills industry training program boasts 29 graduates in pilot year
Though no announcement has been made yet in regard to future government funding for the program, facilitators are calling the Connect2Skills industry training program a success as 90 per cent of those who graduated from the program in its pilot year are now gainfully employed with local manufacturers.
Over the course of three six-week modules held in both Stratford and Listowel – the last of which finished up on Wednesday -- 29 area residents successfully completed the program, which included four weeks of in-class job training and two weeks of paid placement with one of the five local manufacturers that partnered with the Four County Labour Market Planning Board for this endeavour.Read more
In Canada, Driverless Cars Learn to See in the Snow
STRATFORD, Ontario (Reuters) - A Canadian town known for its annual theater festival is emerging as a hub of "snowtonomous" research, as automakers face demands to produce self-driving cars that can perform in snow and sleet.
But testing driverless cars in cold climates brings added challenges to an industry grappling with the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle.Read more
In Stratford, Ont., a computer-chip maker puts the future of autonomous driving to the test
The auto industry's past and present co-exist with its high-tech future on opposite corners of an intersection in Stratford, Ont. If the research being conducted on the southeastern corner achieves its ultimate goal, what's happening on the northwestern side will no longer be necessary.
Computer-chip manufacturer Renesas Electronics Corp. is testing an autonomous vehicle on a dedicated track on the southeastern corner.
On the opposite corner of the crossing, where Lorne Avenue meets Romeo Street – this is, after all, the home of a Shakespearean festival – Lorne Ave. Salvage Yard & Recycling reclaims what it can from wrecked vehicles.Read more
Ontario Investing $80 Million in Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network
Ontario is investing $80 million over five years in the autonomous vehicle innovation network (AVIN) in Stratford.
The province is partnering with the Ontario Centres of Excellence to launch AVIN, which includes a Demonstration Zone allowing researchers to develop the technology and test an autonomous vehicle in real-life traffic scenarios.Read more