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More creative partnerships with industry proposed for Ontario’s cash-strapped colleges

More creative partnerships with industry proposed for Ontario’s cash-strapped colleges

For any business, this would be a formula for certain disaster: a declining customer base, falling revenues and higher expenses. Yet these are precisely the pressures squeezing Ontario’s college system, according to a new report from PwC. Fewer students are enrolling, especially in the northern colleges. Government grants have not kept pace with growing expenses,… Continue Reading

More creative partnerships with industry proposed for Ontario's cash-strapped colleges

More creative partnerships with industry proposed for Ontario's cash-strapped colleges

For any business, this would be a formula for certain disaster: a declining customer base, falling revenues and higher expenses. Yet these are precisely the pressures squeezing Ontario’s college system, according to a new report from PwC. Fewer students are enrolling, especially in the northern colleges. Government grants have not kept pace with growing expenses,… Continue Reading

Mortgage insurance premium hikes not likely to affect buyers: CMHC

Mortgage insurance premium hikes not likely to affect buyers: CMHC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced last week that it would raise homeowner mortgage loan insurance premiums effective March 17, charging borrowers “a few dollars more” every month. The rise will mean an increase of approximately $5 per month for the average CMHC-insured homebuyer, the corporation said. CMHC does not expect the higher premiums… Continue Reading

AI set for explosive growth, especially in retail, by 2020

AI set for explosive growth, especially in retail, by 2020

It turns out that the billions of dollars spent and the decades of research in artificial intelligence, carried out at the world’s top academic and technological institutions, have been for one purpose: better retail. It’s true that other areas will benefit—medicine, finance, manufacturing, aerospace—but the one that counts most for the average person on a… Continue Reading

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