With the automotive industry in the midst of a profound technology revolution, Canada needs to ensure that it is there to share in the emerging opportunities. That will require an innovation strategy.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured on the Hill. David Crane says Canada also needs to focus much more on advanced manufacturing, what’s known as Industry 4.0, the world of robotics, 3D printing, and machine-to-machine communication. Over the past decade, Canada and Ontario have made various stabs at advanced manufacturing programmes but they have lacked focus. Ontario has announced $35-million over five years to three universities—Waterloo, McMaster and Western—to pursue advanced manufacturing research. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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The partisan finger-pointing that has defined the debate around Bill C-10 over the past two weeks is rooted in an attempt by the government, and a few MPs, to make sure that influential streaming companies that rely on uploaded content, such as YouTube, are bound by rules designed to promote Canadian cultural content, and protect Canadian broadcasters.
The establishment of an administrative tribunal could ‘encourage’ companies to pursue that as an avenue of redress, instead of first trying to comply with the privacy commissioner’s findings, the watchdog says.
Public-private partnerships require significant design and engineering work, community engagement, environmental assessment and planning, as well as contracting with the person who’s going to build it during the actual construction period and ramp up into operation, says CIB CEO Ehren Cory.