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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Could cleaning the air be as simple as turning on the lights?

A chemist in Copenhagen says he has invented a way to clear the air using light. Removing pollution from the air is as easy as turning on the lights, says Professor Matthew Johnson, inventor of the Gas Phase Advanced Oxidation system (GPAO). He claims it eliminates not only dust, pollen and noxious fumes, but also nasty odours. The University of Copenhagen says the system is more versatile than any competing systems. GPAO works by converting gaseous pollution into sticky clumps of particles, or dust, then capturing the dust on an electrostatically charged surface. The dust is attracted to this surface the same way it sticks to a computer screen. There ... Read More »

Business group says Ontario infrastructure should be “top priority” in federal budget

One month ago, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce made public its pre-budget submission to Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa. The budget was tabled at Queen’s Park a few days later on February 25. The OCC had made eliminating the provincial deficit and reducing government debt its top priority, saying that 92 per cent of its member businesses considered that an essential economic goal. The government has not been precise about when the deficit will be eliminated, though it is more or less sticking to the year 2017/18 as a target, assuming the economy continues to improve. Today, the OCC released a similar document, this one directed at the federal ... Read More »

Happiness not in money, power, but sustainable development: UN

The significance of ranking countries by their happiness level becomes clear from comparing two of those countries, Canada and Syria. Canada is ranked sixth in the world for happiness; Syria is ranked 156th. Only one country is currently more miserable, and that is Burundi. Syria is an example of a once-thriving country that has shrunk in on itself after five years of war, economic hardship and general social breakdown. Canada, at the other end of the scale, is a country that enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world, a happy, peaceful, prosperous country with stable governance to which people like displaced Syrians aspire to come. Happiness ... Read More »

Tridel a finalist for homeowners’ choice award for customer service excellence

There’s no question that good salesmanship is a special talent, a subtle mix of art and craft. Just look at all the self-help books that have been written to teach people how to succeed at it. Look at all the famous quotes, some of them so well known they’re considered self-evident. “The customer is always right.” “Treat objections as requests for further information.” “If you aren’t taking care of your customers, your competitor will.” “Timid salesmen have skinny kids.” As important as good salesmanship is for getting new business, what happens after the sale is just as important. As Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re ... Read More »

Millions of deaths preventable by cleaning up the environment: WHO

Around 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. That’s about one-quarter of all deaths in the world that year. The risk factors that contributed to their deaths were in the air they breathed, in the water they drank, and in various chemicals, UV radiation, and soil pollutants they were exposed to, either at work or at home. Millions of these deaths could have been prevented. Perhaps the best news in the World Health Organization’s new report on global disease and the environment is that the number of deaths from infectious, parasitic and nutritional diseases ... Read More »

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