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  • Canada in 150 years: People power will shake up society

    Editor’s note: 2017 marks the sesquicentennial of Confederation. While the anniversary is a chance to reflect on the past, The Conversation Canada asked some of our academic authors to look down the road a further 150 years — or “Canada +150”. Curtis McCord, who researches information systems, predicts technology will further expand our ability to understand politics and engage in political action. Nothing is certain in the next 150 years — not even the future of our democracy. Coming to grips with the tragedies of a colonial past and uncertainties of our present is a challenge for many of us.

  • Canada on right track for shared services: Analyst

    Gartner expert tell federal department CIOs they shouldn't fear losing power from the model. But, he adds, governance will be key to success

    Names can tell a lot about an organization. Take Shared Services Canada, the recently-formed branch that will the number of data centres and applications across the federal government.

    Still in the early stages, it’s not really a true shared services model, Gartner analyst John Kost told a group of government CIOs and IT administrators here Wednesday. “The only thing that’s shared about it is its name,” he said, because it isn’t governed by its customers – federal departments.

  • Canadians are rightly worried about invasion of privacy in smart cities

    The Conversation) In January 2019, Liberal MP Adam Vaughan argued that privacy concerns about the smart city proposed for Toronto's waterfront should not be allowed to ' reverse 25 years of good, solid work and 40 years of dreaming on the Toronto waterfront.'

    But a recent survey suggests that Canadians have strong concerns about giving up on 50 years of struggle for privacy rights so that Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs , can establish a smart city in Toronto.

  • How the next digital revolution can revive Canada’s economy

    While the government is trying to put a square fiscal peg into a round deficit hole with its new budget, it is fast discovering that if you hew too closely to your election promises, the world around you will upset the best laid plans.

    Old-fashioned solutions like infrastructure spending on bricks, roads and public works or an accommodative monetary policy won’t revive Canada’s flagging economic fortunes. The government’s challenge is now to come up a serious Plan B that is focused on mainstreaming the digital revolution into the rest of the economy and the public sector. That is where the real gains in productivity, innovation and growth will come from.

  • Kingston Snowplow Tracker Now Online, Part of Smart City Pilot with Bell

    Some City of Kingston snowplows can now be tracked online, thanks to a nine-month Smart City pilot with Bell.

    Residents can visit CityofKingston.ca/Snow and see the tracker offering data of when the last time roads were snowplowed. The “last plow completed” data notes a range from “less than 4 hours ago” to “16 to 24 hours ago”, shown in different colours on a Google Map.

  • Smart city tech boost for Canada

    Current’s CityIQ platform will help Canada’s cities gain insights into parking, traffic, public safety and air quality

    Nokia is partnering with Current, powered by GE, with the aim of improving operational infrastructure in cities across Canada and to deliver new services to citizens.

  • $1.5B allocated to Shared Services Canada

    The federal agency created last August to consolidate the government's IT infrastructure plans to spend more than $1.47 billion in its first full fiscal year, according to recently published federal documents.

    The figure is contained in the Treasury Board Secretariat's 2012-13 estimates, which contains broad expense plans for departments and agencies across the federal government.

    Almost half that amount is allocated for in-house salaries. A further $466.52 million will be spent on professional services fees and commissions, the documents show.

  • Analyst Watch: Canada's E-Leadership

    The United States can take a lesson from its friends to the north when it comes to executing E-government initiatives. For the fourth straight year, Canada topped an annual list by management consultant and IT outsourcer Accenture of most-mature international E-government offering. But the United States moved up a notch, tying for No. 2 with Singapore.
  • Bravo, Government of Canada

    New IT agency means job cuts, Clement says, Aug. 5.

    When Tony Clement and Rona Ambrose announced the establishment of Shared Services Canada, they brought into formal existence the culmination of 15 years of hard work by thousands of officials across the Government of Canada.

    These unsung heroes have toiled without much recognition to figure out what it will take to modernize the "guts" or machinery, of government for the 21st century.

  • Bridging Canada's digital divide

    This year’s federal budget generated more than its fair share of attention. Between Belinda Stronach’s switch to the Liberal Party and the drama surrounding the late Chuck Cadman’s vote, a single paragraph in the budget that called for a review of Canada’s telecommunication regulatory framework was understandably overlooked.

    Led by a trio of experts, that policy review completes its first phase today as all initial submissions are due by midnight. The final report is expected by year end.

  • British Columbia Has Canada's Best eGovernment, Study Finds; Alberta, Ontario Follow

    BC runs Canada's best e-government, a study by the Stratford Institute and Brainmaven Research has found. A first of its kind, the study evaluated provincial governments' online presences, analyzing factors such as online engagement of citizens and the provision of online services and information.

    BC ranked first, notching top marks for citizen-centricity and engagement. Alberta ranked second in Canada, shining in similar areas. Ontario ranked third, given accolades for success in "organizing succinct online information."

  • Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians Round Two

    Program to deliver important economic and social benefits, including telehealth, business opportunities and distance learning

    Government of Canada announced the second round of projects in Ontario to receive funding approval through the Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians program, which will deliver important economic and social benefits, including telehealth, business opportunities and distance learning.

    The following companies will receive the funding and are responsible for this wave of implementation: Galaxy Broadband Communications Inc., Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd., Blue Sky Economic Growth Corp., TBay Tel and Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre.

  • Building the smart city: why most cities are interested but few are ready

    Fifty kilometres east of Tokyo we built a model community. A 1,000 home neighbourhood where everything looks pretty normal but where everyday life is infused with technology that makes it one of the most sustainable and resilient places to live on this planet — truly a smart city.

    Fujisawa is powered by a solar smart grid, giving the neighbourhood the ability to run off-grid for up to seven days and the town’s carbon emissions are 70 per cent lower than the average community of its size. The roof of the community centre is a public space that sits above the tsunami flood line and, in the event of a natural disaster, the park benches convert to barbecue grills. The entire town is a virtual gated community with blanket 24-7 video surveillance coverage, allowing children to play safely, while their parents watch from their smart phones.

  • CA: 3 lessons learned by eHealth Ontario chief

    Some electronic health records projects are better suited for the private sector, government should focus on setting standards, says eHealth Ontario CEO Greg Reed

    Three years into his job as the steward of Ontario’s electronic health records program the head of eHealth Ontario said the organization has learned three valuable lessons about technology deployment that would help them deliver on a promise to have the health records of every Ontarian in digital form by 2015.

    Topmost among these lessons, according to Greg Reed, CEO of eHealth Ontario, was accepting that the organization can’t go it alone.

  • CA: After all the time and money invested, will e-health ever deliver on its promise?

    After Helmut Braun’s wife died, he turned to the Internet to find someone else to play cards with. Before long, like so many Canadian seniors these days, he’d become something of a keyboard wizard. But when Braun had a heart attack last November, the 85-year-old former barber figured he’d played his last online ace. As he lay in frightening pain in an ambulance, the last thing he could have guessed was that he would soon become a cyber-pioneer.

    But that’s what happened in the long-term palliative care ward at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre in north Toronto. One day early last summer, a nurse named Maria De Leon popped a computer tablet onto his lap and asked him if he’d mind tapping in answers to 10 basic questions, including the degree of pain that he was feeling, his appetite, his mood and his energy level. Braun still has a lot of zest despite his badly damaged heart, and he was only too happy to get back online, especially if it spared Baycrest staff from filling out the questionnaire on paper. “I’m always happy to save some trees,” he joked.

  • CA: City of Ottawa announces data-sharing plan with Google’s Waze app

    Ottawa will join other major North American cities in sharing traffic data with Google’s Waze app, the city announced Thursday.

    Waze provides drivers with crowd-sourced, real-time information to help avoid construction, accidents and other delays on the road.

  • CA: Despite new health services, medevacs continue to climb in Cree communities

    Almost 10,000 scheduled medevacs annually, for total population of under 20,000

    Despite new telehealth services that allow Cree patients to undergo certain medical procedures in their home clinics, more Cree are travelling south for medical treatment every year.

    "The work goes up 10% every year" for the department dealing with medical travel, said Cree Health Board Chairperson Bella Petawabano this week at the Cree Nation Government's annual general assembly in Ouje-Bougoumou, northern Québec.

  • CA: Federal CIO puts focus on collaboration

    GTEC 2012: Shared Services Canada moves forward with e-mail consolidation, feds aim for single HR system, while IT modernization and cloud computing are front and centre

    Collaboration established itself early as the theme of the 20th annual GTEC conference here this week, and the federal government’s chief information officer joined in with her Report from the CIO.

    “Collaboration is what will power the transformation of the public service,” Corrine Charette said in her half-hour address to a packed auditorium.

  • CA: Feds pump additional $34.5M into rural broadband program

    The Federal Government has announced plans to extend its rural broadband initiative Connecting Canadians to include an additional 65,000 households.

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development minister Navdeep Bains said Friday from Niagara-on-the-Lake that 23 Internet service providers across Canada are receiving approximately $34.5 million to increase broadband Internet access for more than 65,000 households in rural areas across Canada.

  • CA: Harper Government Invests in eHealth Innovation

    New technologies aim to empower patients, assist health care providers, and monitor population health

    During a keynote speech at the 2013 e-Health: Accelerating Change conference, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced funding from the Harper Government to support research projects focused on developing innovative new electronic health (ehealth) technologies. These technologies will capitalize on advances in electronic patient records, internet technology and mobile devices.

    "Our Government continues to invest in and promote health care innovation to improve the health of Canadians and increase the efficiency of the health care system," said Minister Aglukkaq. "These research projects aim to develop products that empower patients, assist health care providers, and enable better population health monitoring."

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