Net Neutrality in Canada

(Disponible en français : La neutralité du Net au Canada) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC or the Commission) defines net neutrality as the general principle that “all traffic on the Internet should be given equal treatment by” Internet service providers (ISPs). The Commission’s net neutrality policy specifically rests on sections 27(2) and 36…

Understanding Artificial Intelligence – Canadian Perspectives

(Disponible en français : Comprendre l’intelligence artificielle – Perspectives canadiennes) Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we live, work, and play. This transformative technology can affect manufacturing, transportation, national security, the delivery of health care and other public or private services. Stemming from ongoing AI research, current developments include predictive analytics, natural language processing (understanding…

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Canada’s Gold Reserves Reach Historic Low

Canada’s gold reserves have fallen to almost zero. As of 29 April 2016, the nation’s official gold reserves stood at a record low 55 ounces, valued at US$70,711. This followed the sale of 95,839 ounces of gold, valued at US$107.1 million, between December 2015 and April 2016. Canada’s gold reserves peaked at just over 1,000…

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The State of Broadband Internet in Canada

Canadians are among the highest Internet users in the world, according to comScore Canada. With advances in e-commerce and mobile communication, as well as increased participation in social media, broadband (or “high-speed”) Internet has become an integral part of Canada’s infrastructure. However, as broadband speeds increase, so does the “availability gap” between Canada’s urban and…