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Meet the Perennials

Meet the Perennials

Skilled, Willing & Able

We’ve heard about robotics and Artificial Intelligence taking over the workplace, but what about one of the fastest growing segment of all – senior workers?

How Smart is Your Game?

How Smart is Your Game?

Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Future of Video Gaming

We are seeing more and more realistic and complex video games than ever before, and that has a lot to do with artificial intelligence (AI). But what exactly does the future hold for players and designers?
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What’s your pleasure? That’s really the starting point of any video game. Whether it’s a fast-paced, first person shooter or a slowly unfolding, immersive world of exploration, the perceived preference of the video game player is at the center of it all. But what’s changing for players is the detail and complexity of the games on the market today as more elements of artificial intelligence are applied to enhance the experience.

A Look at the Biggest Trade Show in Gaming

A Look at the Biggest Trade Show in Gaming

E3

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is a long-running trade event for the computer and video game industry, one that has become perhaps the most notable of its kind. The event began in 1995 as a response to the burgeoning growth of the gaming industry and was started by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade association established to oversee the gaming industry in the wake of controversies surrounding violent and mature content in video games.
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In a darkened theatre in 2013, a man stood on a panoramic stage before hundreds of onlookers, the screen behind him read ‘Only On PlayStation.’ The man was Jack Tretton, former president and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment America. He was speaking about how Sony is committed to bringing its customers new video game titles and what they want without restriction or invalidation.

There Must Be Something in the Water

There Must Be Something in the Water

The Business of Hydroponics

Hydroponic farming has certainly experienced a boom over the last decade, especially as new markets emerge, land becomes increasingly scarce, the global population, and its demand for fresh food increases, and environmental factors, harsh climates, depleted soil quality and legislative barriers challenge traditional farming operations.
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According to IBISWorld, over the past five years, from 2013 to 2018, revenue for the hydroponic crop farming industry grew by 1.2 percent to $89 million. Over the same period, the number of hydroponic businesses has grown by 6.4 percent to over 3,200. Employee numbers have also grown by 10.1 percent.

The Plastic Straw that Broke the Internet

The Plastic Straw that Broke the Internet

Reducing the Use of Single-Use Plastics

To say the invention of plastic revolutionized manufacturing is an understatement – it literally changed our lives forever. With its roots going back hundreds of years, the development of plastic is credited to English chemist Alexander Parkes and the discovery of Parkesine (nitrocellulose), considered to be the first man-made plastic. Tied in to the evolution of photography, celluloid plates became a lighter alternative to the heavy and fragile glass plates used to capture early images.
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As with many inventions, others soon improved upon Parkes’ discovery, including American inventor John Wesley Hyatt. Also a successful entrepreneur, Hyatt formed the Albany Dental Plate Company, which produced products such as billiard balls and false teeth out of plastic, deriving its name from the Latin and Greek words plasticus and plastikos, meaning “capable of moulding” and “fit for moulding.” Over time, innovation led to the development of Bakelite in 1909. Widely credited as the first truly synthetic plastic, the material was used for telephone and radio casings, jewellery, pot handles, toys, and much more.

Woman-Owned Businesses

Woman-Owned Businesses

The Fastest Growing Segment of our Economy

In the U.S., more than 9.1 million firms, mainly small-to-medium enterprises, are owned by women. They generate $1.4 million in sales and employ nearly 7.9 million people, according to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Canada is keeping pace, as research cited by Susan Ward in ‘Statistics on Canadian Women in Business’ indicates that the country “is a global leader in women’s entrepreneurship, with participation of Canadian women business owners comparable to those in the United States.” But it has not always been this way, nor has it been easy.
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Once upon a time, the term female entrepreneur was an oxymoron. To be sure, there had been some extremely successful businesswomen. Arch rivals Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) and Elizabeth Arden (1878-1968) come to mind. Rubinstein, who was born in Poland, and Arden, born in Canada as Florence Graham, both immigrated to the U.S., where they founded what became multi-million-dollar cosmetics empires, making them two of the richest women in the world in their time.

Health at Home

Health at Home

The Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring

Living longer has its ups and downs. With an average life expectancy of approximately eighty-two years in Canada and seventy-nine years in the United States, many of us are on this planet longer than ever before…
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One on hand, a lengthier life allows us to share more time with loved ones, learn new things, travel, and open ourselves up to different experiences. On the other side, there are the aches, pains, ailments, and diseases associated with old age, including congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, adult-onset diabetes, arthritis, cataracts, and dementia.

Preparing for an Aging Population

Preparing for an Aging Population

The Importance of Sustainable Health Care Systems

It’s no secret that the world’s population is aging at a rapid rate. Globally, as life expectancy and the standard of living and care continues to increase and fertility rates continue to decline, the population cohort sixty years of age and older represents the fastest growing of all age demographics.
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As people continue to age and retire, it not only puts a greater strain on available resources, the tax base simultaneously decreases as well, which presents a unique challenge for communities to overcome.

Turning Disaster into Opportunity

Turning Disaster into Opportunity

Grid Sustainability

When Hurricane Maria hit the island country of Dominica and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in September of 2017, it soon became apparent this was no ordinary storm. Maria was a Category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds reaching an unimaginable 155 miles per hour – nearly those of a Category 5…
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Months after Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico, the impact of Mother Nature’s brutal assault is still being felt. While the grid in Puerto Rico will take a very long time to rebuild, there are many lessons to be learned to help lessen the impact of future disasters, when they occur.

Home Free

Home Free

Bringing Vitality to Senior Living

Tales of a ‘fountain of youth,’ able to restore health and vitality, go back thousands of years to ancient Greek historian Herodotus who first referred to these miraculous waters. Inevitably, an ambitious few would seek out this magical fountain and its rejuvenating properties. The best-known remains famous Spanish explorer and conquistador Juan Ponce de León (1460-1521) who accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to America.
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Ponce de León heard a story from Native Americans of a ‘fountain of youth’ that could literally stop time and bring back youth. The famous explorer never found the fountain of youth, but his odyssey continues to inspire artists, writers, and musicians.

The Changing Face of the Workforce

The Changing Face of the Workforce

The Retiring Baby Boomers and their Ripple Effect

Across the United States, approximately ten thousand baby boomers are bidding adieu to the workforce every single day. For them, there will be no more commutes to work, no more gossipy co-workers, and no more deadlines, just kicking back and enjoying the twilight years of golf, traveling, reading, hobbies, playing with grandchildren, or doing nothing at all…
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And while ten thousand seems like a small part of the total estimated U.S. population of 327,079,855, the overall impact of these thousands of mature employees leaving the workplace is already creating a shortage of skilled workers and concerns about the effects on the U.S. economy as well as the changing face of the future of work itself.

Workforce Perspective

Workforce Perspective

Who are Millennials and What do they Want in a Career?

There are many stereotypes, perceptions and misconceptions about Millennials and their role in the workforce that need to be dispelled, especially as a labour shortage threatens the productivity and profitability of some industries, as they could be the solution to that problem…
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From accusations that Millennials are entitled and lazy to claims that they have no work ethic, there is a lot to learn about Millennials, what they want in a career and how they can contribute to the strength of the economy.

Transforming the Workplace…

Transforming the Workplace…

for Total Well-Being

How does one define well-being? It can incorporate various concepts including, physical, economic, social, and psychological considerations. There is no definitive answer. In simplest terms, well-being can be described as complete contentment, a life filled with positive emotions that foster a deep sense of satisfaction with most or all of our daily living.
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Our places of employment take up a huge part of our daily lives – at least one-third – and account for close to eleven hours of the typical waking day including commuting to and from work. It makes sense that a sense of well-being should reach beyond the boundaries of family and personal life. The workplace can become a very real contributor to well-being for a substantial part of our population.

Safety First, Always

Safety First, Always

Creating a Safety Culture

There is not an industry or sector in which safety is not critical. Regardless of whether it is a construction company, retail or service provider, industrial manufacturer or food service firm, the safety of employees and customers should always be a priority.
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In fact, safety should be a condition of employment, both for an employee and an employer. An employer should operate their business in accordance with a robust program for the safety and well-being of the employee, and the employee must comply with it for their safety and that of the general public.

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