New mobility projects in the sky, on land, and at sea are changing the face of modern transport
Toronto-based startup, TransPod, in partnership with the province of Alberta, is pursuing a feasibility study
for a hyperloop track between Edmonton and Calgary. If pursued, the project would provide a fossil-fuel-free alternative to short-haul flights.
Kraken Robotics, based out of St. John’s, has secured almost $3 million from the National Research Council of Canada to build an autonomous underwater vehicle
. The vehicle will be capable of staying underwater for up to a year and will reach depths of up to 6,000 metres.
A Swiss parachutist completed the first ever jump from a solar-powered aircraft
last week. The plane reached a height of 1,520 metres using only solar energy, and the team hopes to be able to reach an altitude of 20,000 metres by 2022.
Competition Bureau strengthens information sharing and enforcement mechanisms abroad
Canada’s competition authority signed on to a new competition enforcement framework
with the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand on Tuesday. The framework will strengthen the Bureau’s ability to cooperate internationally on investigations and enforcement in “an increasingly digital and global economy.”
A paper published this month by the Queen’s University’s Economics Department provides the first real-world case study
on algorithms and competition, and suggests that “AI adoption has a significant effect on competition.”
Government of Canada establishes new policy for work integrated learning programs and work permit applications
Monday marked the coming into force of new labour standards in federally regulated workplaces. Going forward, interns will be entitled to new labour standards protections
, and the right to be paid at least minimum wage (though the former doesn’t apply to internships for academic credit).
A temporary policy change will allow visitors to Canada to apply for a work permit without having to leave Canada; and allow some workers to begin working for a new employer before their application has been fully approved. The change is intended to benefit employers
who are facing difficulty finding workers. - Mairead Matthews