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Coca-Cola, Unifor, announce $30,000 scholarships for women in skilled trades

Coca-Cola and the Canadian labour union Unifor have announced $30,000 in scholarship money for women in skilled trades programs at Sheridan College. The announcement was made at Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies. Fifteen new scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded. Women who are enrolled in any of Sheridan’s six trades programs, and who meet certain criteria, including financial need, are eligible. The president of Sheridan College, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, commented that there are “tremendous career opportunities” for women in the skilled trades and manufacturing industries, while the mayor of Brampton, Linda Jeffrey, said that she hoped the scholarships would “foster equality in the trades and in ... Read More »

UN cities report urges better urban planning to reach climate change goals

A new UN report on urban development is calling for a New Urban Agenda to correct the “spectacular” failures of urban policy in cities around the world. The UN Habitat World Cities Report 2016 makes a strong link between the growth of cities and the UN’s sustainability and climate change goals. Cities, the report maintains, are the platforms for global and local change in the twenty-first century, spaces where economies, cultures, political and ecological systems converge. The continuing growth of urban populations gives rise to massive challenges that include greater numbers of people living in slums, strained urban services, unrestrained urban growth, rising inequality, and climate change. The report outlines a ... Read More »

Interesting times for banking industry as fintech growth soars


Bill Gates is reported to have said more than twenty years ago that while consumers and businesses will always need banking services, they will not always need banks, thus unofficially inaugurating, or at least foretelling, the era of the fintech industry. Fintech, or financial technology, is a rapidly growing industry. According to Rohit Mahna, general manager of the cloud services company Salesforce, which held a one-day event in Toronto earlier this month, investment in fintech has grown from about $1.8 billion five years ago to more than $20 billion today. About $1 billion of that has been in Canada. Mahna argued that many consumers, especially younger ones,  have lost faith ... Read More »

Survey reveals “confidence gap” between men and women home buyers

Here’s a paradox: women now drive the world economy, according to the Harvard Business Review, controlling around $20 trillion in annual consumer spending, and women make almost all of the purchasing decisions in the home, yet when it comes to buying a home, women are much less confident than men, and worse, they feel unappreciated. A US insurance company survey of women in the home buying market found that even though more women than men want to own a home, a significant “confidence gap” is holding many women back. The confidence gap shows up in every important aspect of the home-buying process, both with regard to the wider economy and ... Read More »

New CIBC app makes mortgages available via smartphones

CIBC has introduced a new stand-alone app called Hello Home™ that lets home buyers apply for, negotiate and receive approval for a mortgage “with just a few taps of a smartphone.” Hello Home users can get help from a mortgage specialist via the app’s messaging function. CIBC says it is the first of its kind in the Canadian market. It was developed by CIBC’s Live labs at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. The bank says it is taking mobile banking to new levels of simplicity and convenience with “next generation” apps like Hello Home, which go beyond basic customer service. Key features include the ability to securely upload photos of ... Read More »

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