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TekSavvy’s ‘Pay Less’ campaign pushes CRTC to lower phone, Internet bills

TekSavvy’s ‘Pay Less’ campaign pushes CRTC to lower phone, Internet bills

By: Ted Kritsonis

April 24, 2019

As an alternative Internet provider, TekSavvy has pushed for public pressure on Ottawa to make changes that would effectively lower consumers’ bills.

Such is the Canadian wireless and telecom landscape that one company — a smaller, yet growing one — is spearheading the latest effort to get the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) to make it more competitive against established incumbents.

We’ve been down this road before. The “Big 3,” as Rogers, Bell and Telus are often lumped together, account for 90 per cent of the mobile market. Along with Shaw and Quebecor, the five account for over two-thirds of home Internet customers. The CRTC’s latest report covering the country’s mobile market paints a picture of cartels that have, more or less, carved out the market in three almost-equal fiefdoms.

That kind of market domination is wh..

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Music, Memory and MP3 Players: Therapy for Mental and Physical Health

Music, Memory and MP3 Players: Therapy for Mental and Physical Health

By: Lee Rickwood

April 23, 2019

“She started dancin’ to that fine fine music
You know her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll…”

Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground

My buddy’s mom was 94 when she was moved into a elder care facility.

In her final days there, she was encouraged by staff to join their music listening program, held in the main social gathering space. Donning a pair of oversized headphones connected to a tiny MP3 player, she looked kind of goofy at first – but the big smile that soon stretched across her face conveyed a much more serious side of this story. Music first heard in her younger days helped bring alive thoughts, memories and recollections that brought pleasure in her final days.

Even if they can’t actually save lives, digital music players and focussed musical therapy programs can improve physical health and mental well-being.

Music for Dementia 2020 is one of a number of..

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More Than Half of Tech Workers Believe They Are Underpaid

More Than Half of Tech Workers Believe They Are Underpaid

By: Christine Persaud

April 22, 2019

Photo by phaendin; freedigitalphotos.net

There are traits that typically define what makes a good job, including a positive work environment, fulfilling work, and sufficient pay. When it comes to the latter, a new study finds that a number of people who work for some of the largest tech firms believe they are underpaid in relation to the value they bring.

The survey, which was conducted with a community of 10,000 tech workers using the anonymous workplace community app Blind, found that more than half of the workers believe they don’t make enough money in relation to the value they bring to the company.

Users of the app were asked to answer true or false to a simple statement: “I am paid far less than the value I create.” Of the total 10,563 respondents, a surprising 55.8% answered “true.”

Though respondents answered anonymously, Blind, which counts workers from c..

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Music, Memory and MP3 Players: Therapy for Mental and Physical Health

Music, Memory and MP3 Players: Therapy for Mental and Physical Health

By: Lee Rickwood

April 22, 2019

“She started dancin’ to that fine fine music
You know her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll…”

Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground

My buddy’s mom was 94 when she was moved into a elder care facility.

In her final days there, she was encouraged by staff to join their music listening program, held in the main social gathering space. Donning a pair of oversized headphones connected to a tiny MP3 player, she looked kind of goofy at first – but the big smile that soon stretched across her face conveyed a much more serious side of this story. Music first heard in her younger days helped bring alive thoughts, memories and recollections that brought pleasure in her final days.

Even if they can’t actually save lives, digital music players and focussed musical therapy programs can improve physical health and mental well-being.

Music for Dementia 2020 is one of a number of..

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Canadian Co. Fights Climate Change with Cheaper Carbon Capture Tech

Canadian Co. Fights Climate Change with Cheaper Carbon Capture Tech

By: Lee Rickwood

April 19, 2019

Despite early warnings about climate change that landed more than 50 years ago, the most recent analysis of the current carbon dioxide levels in our air shows dangerous and destructive trends upwards.

Carbon emissions are among the greenhouse gasses that are linked with climate change, global warming and extreme weather.

So while attempts to mitigate the impacts of climate change seem to be undercut by our rising use of the stuff that causes it in the first place, tech advocates and entrepreneurs continue to fight the good fight by developing solutions that seek to reduce the damage caused by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

With our attempts to reduce carbon output not working so well, we are left to see CO2 absorption as the next best option.

That’s what’s driving the team at Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company that’s developed technology to soak up exc..

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