University Of Toronto Tops Best Canadian School Rankings

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Canadian universities once again rank among the world's best post-secondary institutions, with five of its schools in the top 100. QS World University Rankings has released its list of the best schools on the planet and the University of Toronto (U of T) and McGill stand head-and-shoulders above all other Canadian institutions in 20th and 21st place, behind Cornell University at 19th. Read Article

Ontario economy poised to grow faster than Canada's: CIBC

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
CIBC says Canada's most populous province is on track to see its economy expand by more than the national average next year, the first time that's happened since before the recession. The bank says Ontario's economy could expand by 2.8 per cent next year. That's slightly ahead of the 2.7 per cent expansion the bank expects for Canada's economy as a whole. Indeed, it's good enough to tie Ontario for the second-fastest growth in the country next year, behind Alberta with a projected 3.5 per cent expansion in GDP. Read Article

Theralase Launches Multi Wavelength Laser for Cancer Destruction

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Theralase Technologies Inc. announced today that it has successfully launched its TLC-3000 multi wavelength laser system capable of activating its patented and patent pending Photo Dynamic Compounds (PDCs) for the destruction of cancer in an preclinical environment. This is the first commercial system on the market capable of effectively activating a 96 well plate of cancer cells with wavelengths in the visible to Near Infrared (NIR) spectrum using programmable energy levels. Intellectual protection for this system was recently applied for under a pending US patent. The new multi wavelength laser system has been delivered to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network (“UHN”) and to the University of Toledo for evaluation of safety and efficacy. Read Article

Minister Fast Highlights Trade and Investment Ties with Africa

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today called on Canadian businesses to seize the opportunities that more trade and investment with emerging markets in Africa offers. In his address to Canadian and African businesses, non-governmental organizations and African government representatives during the Canada-Africa Business Summit in Toronto, Minister Fast pointed to the long-standing trade, investment, development, education and cultural ties between Canada and African countries that continue to foster economic success. Canada’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development is an important element of our engagement with Africa. This includes supporting the Canadian extractive sector in its responsible and transparent operations in Africa and working with host countries to develop capacities to manage their natural resources. Read Article

How three Toronto companies are changing the way we interact with our computers

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
"Okay, Ubi, say my name." "Hi Hisenberg—how are you today?" "Okay, Ubi—how's the weather today?" "Toronto, Ontario: it is currently partly cloudy." Leor Grebler, the CEO and co-founder of Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation, is speaking to The Ubiquitous Computer—Ubi for short. The Ubi is a small computer that is WiFi enabled and voice activated. It represents the company's first foray in to the realm of natural language computing. The Ubi can complete a variety of tasks, including looking up information on the Internet, sending quick messages to contacts, and playing songs on request. Read Article

Celebrity watcher Shinan Govani reflects on the new Aga Khan museum

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Shinan Govani, formerly a social columnist at the National Post, is currently a contributing editor and celebrity columnist for Hello! Canada magazine. As a Shia Ismaili Muslim, he explains why the Aga Khan Museum, opening Thursday, means so much to him, his family and his community. Read Article

Chinese developer Greenland makes its first purchase in Canada — a Toronto condo project

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Greenland Holding Group Co., a Shanghai-based developer owned by the Chinese government, said it bought King Blue, a two-tower condominium project in Toronto, its first purchase in Canada. Greenland Holding bought the planned development, which includes 44 and 48-story towers, from closely held Easton’s Group of Hotels Inc. and The Remington Group Inc. for at least $100 million, according to Easton’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Gupta. Read Article

Brick-and-beam buildings spark growth in ‘fringe’ offices

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
“Downtown West and Liberty Village are no longer simply low-cost alternatives to the financial core — they are sought-after office markets in their own right,” says Dudelzak, author of a new report titled Downtown Fringe Neighbourhoods Redefine Downtown Office Markets. All those historic, brick-and-beam factories and warehouses that first drew tech and creative industries to the “fringe” westerly part of the downtown — Liberty Village and the area around King St. W. and Spadina Ave. — have seen rents, and demand, creeping up to within range of the Class A financial district towers. Read Article

Wealthsimple offers investing service to millennials

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
A new Toronto-based startup hopes to disrupt the investment services industry for millennials by catering to them with text messages and algorithms rather than golf games and working lunches. Wealthsimple is hoping that the recent trend of online self-service platforms that are gaining traction south of the border can also succeed in Canada. Modeled after businesses like Wealthfront and Betterment in the U.S., Wealthsimple is offering an online investment service to the Canadian market. It is targeting 25-45 year old professionals, a demographic that founder and CEO Michael Katchen says is being overlooked currently by banks and financial services that are focused on the retiring baby boomer generation. Read Article

Toronto acquires a gem in new Aga Khan Museum: Editorial

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Toronto is acquiring an architectural and artistic gem with the public opening this week of the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic art and the adjacent Ismaili Centre. The entire complex, just off the Don Valley Parkway at Eglinton Ave., is effectively a $300-million gift to the city from the Aga Khan and Canada’s 90,000-strong Ismaili Muslim community. That alone is worth celebrating. The architectural critics are already gushing over the handiwork of Fumihiko Maki of Japan, who designed the elegant museum, Charles Correa of India, who designed the Ismaili Centre, and the Lebanese-Serbian landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, who laid out the lush gardens on the 17-acre site. They are there for all to enjoy – in a part of the city hardly renowned for grace and beauty. Read Article

Fort York visitor centre a welcome addition to Toronto’s heritage: Hume

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
What does a city do when its most important historical site is a hole in the ground? In the case of Toronto’s Fort York National Historic Site , the answer comes in the form of a new visitor centre that makes up in elegance what the place itself lacks in presence. The facility, which opens Sept. 20, will also provide a setting in which the garrison’s story can be told and put in context, something that disappeared eons ago. Read Article

Cultural complex to rise on planetarium site, including Jewish Museum of Canada: Knelman

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
What will fill the void left in 1995 when the McLaughlin Planetarium was forced to close, less then three decades after it was created? On Tuesday, the answer will come via an announcement from University of Toronto president Meric Gertler. The U of T proposes to demolish the building and create a mega-cultural complex at 90 Queen’s Park Cres. At the heart of it will be a new Jewish Museum of Canada, backed through a partnership with a group of philanthropic families led by Isadore and Rosalie Wise Sharp, with the help of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto. Read Article

Cultural complex to rise on planetarium site, including Jewish Museum of Canada: Knelman

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
What will fill the void left in 1995 when the McLaughlin Planetarium was forced to close, less then three decades after it was created? On Tuesday, the answer will come via an announcement from University of Toronto president Meric Gertler. The U of T proposes to demolish the building and create a mega-cultural complex at 90 Queen’s Park Cres. At the heart of it will be a new Jewish Museum of Canada, backed through a partnership with a group of philanthropic families led by Isadore and Rosalie Wise Sharp, with the help of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto. Read Article

TFSA welcomes ratification of Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA)

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) welcomes the federal government's decision to ratify the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). "Canada and China have a strong and growing economic relationship which includes the financial services sector," said Janet Ecker, President and CEO of the TFSA. "Some of our financial companies have been involved with China for literally decades and these business relationships are growing." Read Article

2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BOASTS RECORD INDUSTRY ATTENDANCE AND SIGNIFICANT FILM SALES

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
As the 39th Toronto International Film Festival® wraps up for another year, the Festival concludes on a high note, setting a new record for industry delegate attendance and delivering strong film sales. This year saw the Festival’s highest film sale to date, after a bidding war with distributors ended with Paramount scooping up Chris Rock’s Top Five for a reported $12.5 million. To date, 41 film sales have been announced in territories globally, which includes 24 major sales to U.S. distributors. More agreements are expected in the coming days. Key acquisitions include: Before We Go, The Cobbler, Maps to the Stars, Sunshine Superman, Riot Club, Still Alice, While We’re Young and Love & Mercy. Read Article

Small Business Forum to feature keynote speakers Matthew Corrin and Kelsey Ramsden

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Acclaimed Canadian entrepreneurs Matthew Corrin of Freshii and Kelsey Ramsden of Belvedere Place Development and SparkPlay, will be the keynote speakers at Toronto's 14th annual Small Business Forum on Thursday, October 23. This free event, produced by the City of Toronto's Enterprise Toronto, will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's South Building, Level 800. Read Article

Canada tops the heap for higher education investment

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The UK’s spending on higher education has fallen once again, with Canada taking over as the world’s biggest spender on universities. The figures are revealed in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s annual Education at a Glance report, published today. But the OECD also says that the UK had reached an important tipping point by 2012, with more people going on to tertiary education than ending their education at earlier levels. Read Article

College Education Makes Canada a Leader in Post-Secondary Education

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
A new Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report released today concludes a robust college system is the reason more Canadians obtained a post-secondary education than people in many other countries. The OECD report, called Education at a Glance, 2014, was released today and looks at a wide range of educational issues on a global scale. The report highlights the many pathways available to post-secondary students in Canada and attributes much of that accessibility to the country’s colleges. Read Article