Archives For October 2012

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Clara Angotti, president and CEO of Next Pathway Inc., is honoured to be recognized for her work. (Photo by Jared Clinton)

RBC Royal Bank is set to honour the women of business with its 2012 Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.

Clara Angotti, one of the nominees for the award, is no stranger to accolades like this. In 2011, the Women’s Executive Network named Angotti one of Canada’s most powerful women.

Angotti is being recognized for her work as president and CEO of technology consultation firm Next Pathway Inc.,

“The [nomination] is a nice validation for me personally – that I’ve done a good job – and then I think as well for our staff,” said Angotti. “It’s nice to be recognized for them, because I couldn’t do it without them.”

She said that young women looking to enter the business world should try to think “five steps down the road” and be thinking not just about the degree, but what they want to do once they’ve graduated.
While women may have some disadvantages when entering the workforce, Angotti said, they might bring to the table what some men may not. Continue Reading…

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In addition to “liking” something on Facebook, users could soon be hitting “Collect” and “Want” buttons.

Facebook confirmed its plans to test a purchasing system in the near future, incorporating several retailers in the United States.

The buttons will allow users to tag products that they would like to buy or have their eye on.

“They’re identical,” said Tom Waddington from his home via Skype.

Waddington, a web developer for UK based Cut Out + Keep, an online community based on crafts, was the first to stumble across the “Want” coding. While looking through Facebook’s Javascript – the coding language the social media site uses – he spotted the “Want” button, and was curious about it.

“Stuff comes and goes quite a bit, actually. They’ll try new features, stuff will get shifted around – it’s active,” said Waddington. “With the ‘Want’ button, it just worked straight on.” Continue Reading…

Asked to create a Storify about a recent news event, and I couldn’t shake the idea of Storifying the St. Boniface blaze. Glad fire safety personnel were able to keep everything under control and everyone stayed safe. Frightening scene, certainly.

First time using the tool. Interesting how it works, and I can definitely see how it could be handy. Not sure how often I will use Storify, but it was interesting to fiddle with it and see what I could throw together.

The Storify includes Tweets and video from Winnipeg news anchors, beat reporters, and run-of-the-mill Winnipeggers.

Storify link:

http://storify.com/JPDClinton/st-boniface-fire-torches-winnipeg

OpenMedia.com is working towards a solution for Canadians. (Open Media Screen Grab)

When it comes to Internet access, Canadians aren’t getting the bang for their buck when compared to countries of similar economic standing.

Canadian Internet access is, “almost a human rights violation,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told reporters during a September Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference in Los Angeles .

“Canada does pay some of the highest prices for some of the worst Internet (access) in the industrialized world,” said Lindsey Pinto, the communications manager for OpenMedia.ca, a company working towards affordable Internet service for all Canadians.

Canadians see some of the steepest pricing in bandwidth overages and can face throttling – a process in which Internet providers control the speed of a user’s Internet.

Pinto said “big telecom” has a “strong ability to price gouge” because with little competition, they can afford to.

“One of the key things that we need to do is push back against big telecom, in order to create competition and to create a competitive check,” said Pinto, adding that OpenMedia’s Stop the Meter campaign is a good way for Canadians to fight for their Internet rights.

Michelle Noorenberghe, 18, a firstyear kinesiology student at University of Guelph-Humber and resident of North campus’s residences, said the available options are a concern.

The Internet bandwidth cap in residence – which limits her ability to download files, watch videos, and browse the internet to five gigabytes per week – can make completing school work difficult, she said.

“You find when you actually have to do your work, you have to ask friends to use their Internet,” said Noorenberghe.

Steve Lilley, an application developer for Union Gas Limited and freelance developer, uses Bell as his provider and said bandwidth caps can have an affect on his ability to complete his freelance work.

“There are times when I’m moving large documents to clients and it can concern me that I’m going to end up going over the bandwidth limit,” said Lilley.

Lilley has gone over his bandwidth limit before, and said that he had no idea that it had happened.

“My eyes just about popped out of my head,” he said. “There was no warning. I had to threaten to cancel my service just to get them to reduce the bill.”

In the year and a half I’ve spent in Toronto, the one thing that has always impressed me is how simple it is to travel by subway. I absolutely love the simplicity, and there’s something to it that is jaw-dropping. Coming from Winnipeg, there’s nothing like this there.

The following photo essay are my favourite stops along the TTC’s subway lines.

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A British mobile app company is looking to change Toronto’s cab marketplace in a big way.

 

Hailo

Courtesy Hailo

“It’s a totally new experience – it’s a new way to hail a taxi,” said Raymond. “It’s a lot more convenient for the passenger . . . they don’t have to do anything but open up their app and, in two taps, they have virtually hailed a taxi cab.”

Toronto becomes the first Canadian Hailo dispatch, joining London, Dublin, New York, Chicago and Boston.

“Toronto is a world-class city. It’s a taxi cab market that has some significant opportunities for improvement,” said Raymond, adding that Hailo was excited about the operation in Ontario’s capital.

Humber student Constance Lamothe, an 18-year-old first year Protection, Security and Investigation student, said that she occasionally takes cabs in downtown Toronto, and Hailo’s service interests her.

“Sometimes hailing a cab can be kind of tedious,” said Lamothe.

Stephanie Fusco, who used Hailo for the first time just two weeks ago, said her trip was excellent.

“It was really easy for me to pay at the end of the journey, and I had an automatic tip, so I didn’t have to worry about figuring out the tip or having any cash on me,” said Fusco.

Though some may feel using cashless transactions and having their credit card information saved to a mobile app is unsafe, Fusco said she felt entirely secure.

“Once you get over the initial hurdle, you’re in a great situation where it becomes easy and convenient to use cashless payments,” said Fusco.

Mild-mannered Bull

October 2, 2012 — Leave a comment

I can most aptly explain my experience thus far in journalism school by comparing it to a free-swinging boxer and the relationship with his trainer — constantly an exercise in not letting my hands go.

Before I had even figured out journalism is what I wanted to pursue as a career — after I had tried my hand at history at University of Manitoba, business at University of Winnipeg, and the ever exciting world of being a grocery store employee — I was doing exactly what I’m doing now: writing blog posts. However, back then, the posts were about sports (read: hockey), they were long reads, and they were laced with opinion, statistics, and research I did for no reason other than a love of the game.

Honestly, I tried to rein that in this summer, but I also didn’t write a ton. When I did, I tried to keep it as tight as possible, be mindful of the word count, and try not to throw in paltry details that may have meaning to only myself. I enjoy knowing that my work is getting a bit more readable, that I’m developing a voice through the program, but sometimes I’d really love to just let go, guns ablaze, and write how I used to.

There are some invaluable lessons I’ve learned through the program, that I cannot deny. It wouldn’t be farfetched to say that on my way into the program, I was extremely shy, uncertain, and fearful of putting myself out to the public. Now, though, I’m cold-calling, walking up to strange people (what a nightmare that must have been for those who had to encounter me when I hadn’t shaved for months), and finding sources through social media on a regular basis.

While I look up to guys like Bruce Arthur, Stephen Brunt, and Terry Jones — writers who I’ll read nearly anything by — I’m not delusional. I know I may not necessarily be cut from the same cloth, but reading their work inspires me to do what they do. Arthur, especially. That’s why I keep going.

Being an aspiring journalist isn’t the easiest thing. It’s trying. It wears you thin. That is what I have learned. You cannot expect it to all work out all the time. Sources will fall through, stories won’t cooperate, and you’re going to have to write about things you may not exactly be interested in. But part of the experience is making the best of whatever story you’re given.

Sometimes it’s not about swinging wildly and landing a ton of punches, but more about hitting the right spot perfectly.