US Judge to Canada – Hands Off Google

California Federal judge blocked the Canadian ruling that was trying to make Google delete search results from its system.

This is definitely a nice win for Google as it is telling other countries to stop interfering with US jurisdiction where Google servers are based.

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This is the first time when US judge tells a foreign country to buzz off and weighted its opinion on who gets to police the internet. Not Canada apparently.

This debate is much larger in Europe where French court has “ordered” Google to remove searches when it comes to “right to be forgotten” privacy rules. European top courts are recently reviewing the legality of that decision.

Back to Canada – British Columbia provincial court sought to block Datalink Technologies Gateways Inc. from showing up in the results as it deemed that it was stealing trade secrets and wanted its website shut down. Google balked at the order, and took it to Supreme Court which sided with British Columbia order. Not giving up, Google filed a case in United States asking for US to consider Canadian decision unconstitutional and unenforceable in the U.S.

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Google said that First Amendment rights were violated and if enforced this can have disastrous effect.

US Judge Edward Davila said that Canada violated US federal law.

“We’re pleased with the court’s decision to uphold the legal principle that one country shouldn’t be able to decide what information people in other countries can access online. Undermining this core principle inevitably leads to a world where internet users are subject to the most restrictive content limitations from every country.”” Google senior product counsel David Price said Friday.

Even though the ruling is now not enforcable in the US, it is still enforceable in Canada.

It will be interesting to see over the next 10-20 years, how some countries decide that they want to police the internet and try to apply the ruling around the world.

Google is still fighting 2015 order by France to apply the privacy law (right to be forgotten) not just in France or European Union but around the world.

Toronto to Share Traffic Data with Waze

Waze, a GPS navigation software, acquired in 2013 by Google became partners with City of Toronto and will start utilizing city’s data.

This will help drivers to avoid traffic and construction around the city, and for the city to better understand how to fix any congestions using Waze data.

“This partnership will give our Traffic Operations Centre… better visibility into traffic patterns and give users of the Waze application enhanced information so that they can plan,” Tory said.

“By using Waze, all motorists will have access to the City of Toronto’s data in real time and be able to avoid road closures, construction, and traffic jams. We’re not the first and we should’ve been at this before now, but we’re now joining city like Montreal and Winnipeg who are already partnering with Waze and I’m glad we’re finally embracing this technology,” said Tory.

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Over half a million drivers use Waze app in Toronto. Toronto is not the first to partner with Waze. Winnipeg and Montreal have been sharing their data for a while now.

“Waze will be sharing anonymous traffic and driver insights with the city to give them better visibility in to traffic patterns and aid their planning decisions,” said Mike Wilson, a region manager with Waze.

Vancouver To Target AirBnb, $1k Fine if Unlicensed

To combat shortage of rentals in the city, Vancouver passed a by law limiting short term rentals.

This ban does not affect individuals renting out their own place / principal residence, but affects businesses or individuals who own or rent our more than one property.

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Vancouver’s real estate prices have been through the roof, and is now known as most un-affordable place to live in the world when it comes to purchasing real estate. On top of that, long term rental have extremely low vacancy as most of them are listed as short term.

Vancouver City Officials hope this by-law will free up some long term rental vacancy but they had no studies done / no hard evidence that this will fix the problem.

AirBnb says that this is unaffair and that it might be taking the city to court.

“We really think it’s going too far,”

– Ms. Dagg, the public policy manager for Airbnb in Canada, said from Toronto

Vancouver by law will require $49 annual registration fee and the owner to be principal resident to be able to rent out his or her own place. The fine for non compliance? A steep $1,000 penalty.

Vancouver said that they will police AirBnb website to find and fine illegal listings.

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Vancouver house prices soared in the last 10 or so years and average house price is now over $1 million dollars.

Ms. Dagg is pushing Airbnb in British Columbia to collect lodging tax like they do right now in Quebec, where 3.5% from each rental is collected and can be used by the government as they please. Maybe building more subsidized / public housing with that money instead of banning it outright?

Feds to Up Funding to Female Run Tech Companies

Females of tech world in Canada rejoice! The federal government, or more correctly the Business Development Bank of Canada has upped the support level funding by $20m from $50m to $70m.

This $70m funds have to be dispersed within 5 years to motivate more females to run their tech businesses.

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Small Business Minister Bardish Chagger said:

“With the additional investment announced today, the BDC’s funding envelope to support women in tech becomes the largest of its kind in North America. There is still much work to do. I am proud of the fact that today, women have more resources than ever to scale their companies and expand the economy.”

$60m will be directly invested into female run tech firms, while the other $10m will be distributed to regions in Canada that need it most.

Women account for only 18.2 percent of all computer science and 18.4 percent of engineering bachelor’s degrees. So maybe this new funding will entice more female led entrepreneurs?

Amazon To Hire 1,000 IT Pros in Vancouver, Open 2nd Office

No no, This is not their 2nd HQ office. Amazon is opening a second office in Vancouver to grow their team from 1,000 tech professionals to 2,000 within the next few years.

Alexandre Gagnon, Amazon Canada VP said:

“Amazon is excited to continue growing our workforce throughout Canada. We are among the largest employers of software engineers in Canada and look forward to continuing to create new job opportunities for Canadians.”

Vancouver Mayor Robertson could not have been more excited when he twitted:

Amazon now operates in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto employing over 5,000 employees.

John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia twitted:

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Congrats to British Columbia and Canada on being able to attract some top tier companies to come here.

 

Top 50 Canadian Tech Companies To Watch Out For in 2018, According to Deloitte

Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals, has released its yearly published Top 50 Canadian Tech Companies to Watch For.

This year, all top 3 companies fast growing tech companies come as no surprise hail from Ontario, Yours To Discover. As a matter of fact, the list was dominated by 29 companies / almost 60% from Ontario. British Columbia took second spot with 13 companies / almost 30%, and Quebec only had 5 companies (only 10%). Rest were spread out across Canada – mainly in the Prairies.

Diply, London Ontario, a leading social entertainment publisher that creates captivating content for millennials, took the #1 top spot with mindblowing 92881.1% growth.

The #2 spot was taken by Burlington Ontario Prodigy Games, doing a noble job of teaching over 20 million students, teachers, and parents with their free math game for Grades 1 – 8.

So you do not have to be like this guy

And to round up the Top 3 spot was a company with similar name to #2 – Prodigy Ventures from Toronto Ontario, an innovation company, and an early stage investment opportunity in emerging technologies.

Once you used the math game software from #2 , you can straight apply to #3 😉

 

Anders McKenzie, managing partner at Deloitte Canada, said:

“Fast 50 winners achieve incredible growth. These companies foster the economic prosperity and success of our country. The technology, media and telecommunications sector has achieved significant advances in the last twenty years. This current innovative cohort of companies continues to lead the pack in transforming the way we live and work. They should be incredibly proud of the impact they are making across all industries and how they are shaping the world as we know it today and what it will look like tomorrow.”

Wonder – who made the top 3 from your neck of the woods? Let’s see.

Top 3 Fastest Growing Tech from British Columbia

#4 Bench Accounting from Vancouver

#7 Send to News from Victoria

#9 Refresh Financial from Kelowna

Top 3 Fastest Growing Tech from Quebec

#15 FixmeStick from Montreal

#20 PixMob from Montreal

#29 PlusGrade from Montreal

 

The full list of Top 50 Canadian Tech is below, so what are you waiting for? Time to apply – they are all hiring. How else do you think they can grow?

 

Rank Company Name City Province Growth %
1 Diply London ON 92881.1%
2 Prodigy Game Burlington ON 18933.0%
3 Prodigy Ventures Toronto ON 16790.9%
4 Bench Accounting Vancouver BC 12814.3%
5 SkipTheDishes Winnipeg MB 10969.6%
6 StackAdapt Toronto ON 10301.0%
7 SendtoNews Victoria BC 9277.7%
8 Maropost Toronto ON 7038.2%
9 Refresh Financial Kelowna BC 5482.7%
10 Benevity Calgary AB 5410.7%
11 Unata Toronto ON 4269.7%
12 Bold Commerce Winnipeg MB 3692.1%
13 Influitive Toronto ON 3682.7%
14 Awesense Vancouver BC 3058.3%
15 FixMeStick Technologies Inc. Montreal QC 2698.2%
16 Vidyard Kitchener ON 2139.9%
17 Wave Toronto ON 1949.6%
18 Canada Drives Vancouver BC 1759.5%
19 IntraGrain Technologies Inc. Regina SK 1496.7%
20 PixMob Montreal QC 1253.0%
21 Foodee Vancouver BC 1035.6%
22 Visier Vancouver BC 989.2%
23 Axonify Waterloo ON 958.2%
24 Shopify Ottawa ON 896.5%
25 BroadbandTV Vancouver BC 888.7%
26 Allocadia Vancouver BC 852.2%
27 TouchBistro Inc. Toronto ON 838.3%
28 Sortable Kitchener ON 801.9%
29 Plusgrade Montreal QC 785.7%
30 Big Blue Bubble London ON 785.4%
31 Neurio Vancouver BC 781.3%
32 RateHub Toronto ON 768.7%
33 Unbounce Vancouver BC 680.5%
34 Buyatab Online Inc. Vancouver BC 626.8%
35 Motoinsight Toronto ON 625.7%
36 Top Hat Toronto ON 616.9%
37 mobileLIVE Richmond Hill ON 601.1%
38 Arcane Digital Inc. London ON 553.0%
39 eSentire Cambridge ON 531.8%
40 Voices.com London ON 506.4%
41 Dealer-FX Markham ON 506.2%
42 Klipfolio Ottawa ON 505.2%
43 You.i TV Ottawa ON 499.0%
44 Budge Studios Montréal QC 482.4%
45 Media Resources Inc. Oakville ON 477.4%
46 Eastside Games Inc. Vancouver BC 472.1%
47 Big Viking Games London ON 424.7%
48 Magnet Forensics Waterloo ON 399.6%
49 GSOFT Montreal QC 386.7%
50 500px Toronto ON 382.9%
50 TextNow Waterloo ON 382.9%

Drones to Oversee Toronto / Ontario Highways

Big Brother is getting ready to fly overhead to make sure drivers are abiding by the rules of the highway code in Ontario.

Government of Ontario is studying  a way to unleash hundreds of drones around The Greater Toronto area to make sure motorists who take a high-occupancy toll lane are actually authorized to use it.

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The way the technology will work is that drones will scan the body heat in the car to see how many people are actually in the car , and if not the right amount of people, The Ministry of Transportation might send you a ticket in the mail.

Government has given the contract to The Sky Guys, a Drone Technology company in the Toronto area. Jeremy Wang, The CTO behind Sky Guys said:

“Our solution is a long range drone. The idea is that the drone is flying just off the side of the highway. It has an on-board camera and snaps pictures from the front, side and back views of each car. Basically we have our own proprietary software that can count the number of people inside and then a report gets sent to police if there’s less people than they’re should be. (A ticket) is linked to your licence plate.”

Brad DuGuid, Economic Development and Growth Minister said:

“All solutions developed will need to adhere to the relevant regulations, including privacy regulations.”

This story brings 1984 book by George Orwell to mind, where the overzealous government oversees citizens every move. The book wrestles with oppression in a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother and defying a ban on individuality.

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Imagine drones will start watching you to see if you have enough people in your car to use car lane, then if you speed, then if you fully break at the stop sign.

As 1984 Says:

“Big Brother is Watching You. Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

Watch out.