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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to become condominiums, reports WSJ

One of the world’s most famous hotels, one whose name positively smells of money and privilege, the Waldorf-Astoria, is closing. The closing is only temporary, but when the grand New York City edifice on Park Avenue at Lexington reopens in 2020 (or so), it will be mainly condominiums, with a few hundred luxury hotel suites for old time’s sake. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, a Chinese company, Anbang Insurance Group, already owns the hotel, having paid Hilton Worldwide Holdings $1.95 billion for it in 2014. The paper says the owners plan to spend more than $1 billion more on the redevelopment, which will leave hundreds of hotel staff ... Read More »

Newspaper websites play important role in brand perception: survey

Speaking before a parliamentary committee on Canada’s media recently, the chairperson of the Canadian Newspaper Association, who is also the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, gave a surprisingly upbeat account of the way things are for local newspapers in Canada. Bob Cox said that, contrary to what is often reported, even in the newspapers he represents, readers are not abandoning newspapers. In fact, he said, four out of five Canadians read a newspaper weekly. Many of these newspapers have large digital audiences as well. And most individual newspapers make money. Nevertheless, the newspapers face uncertain futures because more and more advertisers are spending their dollars not in local newspapers ... Read More »

Expert panel recommends educator/employer partnerships, national skills strategy

Faced with enormously complex problems that include declining levels of literacy and numeracy among students, a widespread perception that graduates are not prepared for the workforce, a rapidly changing, technology-driven world in which automation will play an ever-greater role, an aging population, and a widening skills gap between what employers need and what prospective employees have to offer, the province of Ontario created an Expert Panel to come up with solutions. The panel produced its report, Building the Workforce of Tomorrow: A Shared Responsibility, and released it yesterday. The key word in the report is “shared.” It has always been a challenge for the educational system to do its part ... Read More »

Why are so few women going into computer science?

To be optimistic about it, the proportion of university-educated women in both scientific and non-scientific occupations in Canada rose in the years from 1991 to 2011, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. In all, there were 27 per cent more women working in the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, architecture and other scientific occupations. In non-scientific fields, women accounted for almost 75 per cent of the growth in the workforce. But in the scientific area that saw the greatest growth in that period, computer science, the proportion of women workers fell, from 30 per cent in 1991 to 25 per cent in 2011. In the two decades studied, ... Read More »

Provinces announces review of role of Ontario Municipal Board

The tribunal consisting of government-appointed lawyers, accountants, architects, planners and public administrators, whose role is to hear appeals from various groups on “contentious municipal matters,” is to undergo a review. The Ontario Municipal Board has been with us since 1906, dealing mainly with matters of land use such as municipal boundaries, expropriations, development charges, parkland dedication, and the official plans of municipalities. Citizens unhappy with the impact a proposed development could have on their area, for example, may express their concerns to the local municipal council. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, the case may go before the OMB for a hearing. Critics, like former Toronto mayor John Sewell, say ... Read More »

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