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Nov 24, 15

Ontario is seeking public input to develop a voluntary,
third-party accessibility certification program which will recognize businesses
and organizations that have championed accessibility.</p...

Nov 05, 15

Want to follow @liberal_party cabinet members on Twitter? There's a list for that #cdnpoli

Nov 04, 15

Editorial: A hefty agenda — @Ongov passing SLAPP is "an important bulwark to free expression" via @lawtimes #onpoli

  • we begin our investigation into what some stakeholders call a process devoid of utility
  • Dr. Roger Gibbins, a 30-year professor of political science at the university of Calgary and Senior Fellow at the Canada West Foundation, thinks social license shifts the debate over development into an “amorphous swamp of opinion

  • Google is working with the social media service Twitter and major news publishers like The Guardian and The New York Times to create a new kind of web link and article storage system that would load online news articles and digital magazine pieces in a few milliseconds
  • The goal is to develop a universal standard for publishers — one that could be used to load articles more quickly wherever they appear. But accomplishing that while retaining the look and feel of those pages has proved difficult.
  • expected to be announced with initial test partners within the next four to six weeks

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  • Twitter users or Google search users who click on a link while using their phones will see full articles pop up on their screens almost immediately, instead of having to wait several seconds
  • Google and Twitter won’t host publishers’ content. Instead, the plan is to show readers cached Web pages — a “snapshot of [a] webpage,” in Google’s words — from publishers’ sites.
  • Another upside for Google is that the cached Web pages will display the original ads the publisher sold next to the story

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Sep 09, 15

Fresh Content [Weekly] is out! Stories via @kmatthews @thornley @socirelevant

  • Last year, brands received almost 22 million questions on Facebook and Twitter, according to social-marketing measurement firm Socialbakers. Most are responding: According to the firm’s analysis, roughly three-quarters of the questions posted on Facebook got a reply. At an average rate of nearly 27 hours per post, however, those responses are slower than most consumers would like.
  • Earlier this month, Facebook announced both a private messaging option for brand pages as well as a “responsiveness rating.”
  • Companies that are quick to get back to their customers can now sport a green badge on their pages, just below their profile pictures, that identify them as “very responsive.”

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  • Research published this month in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that search engine results could have a powerful effect on how people vote. It determined that if search rankings were manipulated to allow a preferred candidate to dominate the top results, it could shift voting preferences of undecided voters by at least 20 per cent

  • Proposed rules would force Uber drivers to get a regional “auxiliary taxi” licence, have commercial insurance, a GPS and a closed-circuit monitoring system

@TimDuffy A la, Midnight Cowboy?

  • “We’re working on putting a business case together,” he said. “We’re doing it with our partners and we’ve got another year or so until we’re in the decision window on things like that. But at the moment, with a lower Canadian dollar and great partnerships, we’re optimistic.”


  • Paterson stressed that GM likes to “build where they sell” and of the 140 countries GM currently sells to, Canada is fifth on the list. For the month of June, sales of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models were all up.


  • By having people retire, we were able to do it without having to do any layoffs,” he said.
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