News Article | May 8, 2017
Canada's opinion of US reaches record 35-year low after election of Donald Trump Canadians’ view on the US have changed for the worse since the election of Donald Trump, according to a new survey. Fewer than half of those surveyed have a “favourable view” of the US, the lowest in the 35 years the survey has been asking the question about the US-Canada relationship. The survey was a follow up to a similar one conducted in October 2016 ahead of the US election. Trump and Trudeau clash in phone call over dairy and lumber In addition, nearly 20 per cent of survey respondents said they were changing travel plans that included the US. They cited the political climate as a primary reason for doing so. About eight per cent were considering changing travel plans as well. The survey of 2,000 people was conducted by Environics Institute for Survey Research and released to the Globe and Mail newspaper. Part of the issue seems to be tied to Mr Trump’s anti-immigrant stance. He has issued two versions of a travel ban on people entering the US from several Muslim majority countries. One of his most vocal campaign promises was to build a wall on the nearly 2,000 mile (3,218 km) border with Mexico in an effort to stem illegal immigration. He has also threatened to cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities in the US who have said they would not pursue arrest and deportation of undocumented immigrants within their borders. District and federal judges have struck down many of these attempted reforms, but Mr Trump’s actions and repeated rhetoric appear to have an impact on Canadian public view of their neighbors. Almost eight in ten respondents said immigration has a positive impact on their country, a number that has not changed much in the last 15 years. Six in ten feel there is not too much immigration into their country, bucking the trend toward isolationism and anti-immigration in the US, UK, and France. This is the highest level in nine years. The survey also comes after the country accepted over 40,000 Syrian refugees as well. However the survey also shows geographical differences in attitudes towards immigration, with the economically struggling province of Alberta having a less favourable view towards it. Also just over half of the respondents felt “too many immigrants are not adopting Canadian values,” according to Globe and Mail reports.
News Article | May 12, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ebates, the pioneer and leader in cash back shopping and subsidiary of global internet services company Rakuten, today announced that Amit Patel, current GM of Ebates, has been selected as the new CEO. In addition, Adrienne Down Coulson, current GM of Ebates Canada, will become the company’s COO. Patel will succeed Kevin Johnson, who will remain on the board of Ebates. Patel and Coulson will assume their new roles on June 1st. Amit Patel has extensive experience in online digital marketing and has lead the Ebates team responsible for the company's overall product strategy, third party integration and retention marketing. Prior to joining Ebates in May 2010, Patel was responsible for product development, positioning and packaging at Acxiom, one of the world's largest email marketing service providers. Patel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Management from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK. “I’m incredibly excited to lead the Ebates team,” said Patel. “Ebates has that rare combination of a market-leading position, a passionate customer base, and an extremely talented team,” said Patel. “I look forward to building on the success and momentum we have achieved.” “Ebates has established itself as the undisputed leader in cash back shopping under Kevin’s leadership,” said Rakuten, Inc. founder and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani. “Kevin has also been instrumental to the development of a great management team that is ready to take Ebates to the next stage of growth with Amit and Adrienne at the helm.” “Three years ago, we joined forces with Rakuten and accelerated our US and international growth,” said Kevin Johnson, the outgoing CEO of Ebates. “Amit’s passion for serving customers on a global scale and his deep knowledge of Ebates operations make him ideally suited to leading Ebates to even greater success.” Adrienne Down Coulson is an experienced digital marketer who has been responsible for the launch and growth of Ebates in Canada. Prior to joining Ebates in 2012, she served as the President and GM of Sequentia Environics, a digital and social marketing agency. Coulson will be relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area to assume her new role. Ebates rewards members with cash back on purchases while also providing access to thousands of coupons, discounts, promotions and special deals, including free shipping. Free membership allows consumers to shop online at over 2,000 of their favorite top-name retailers while earning a percentage of every purchase they make. To date, Ebates members have earned nearly $1 billion, paid out quarterly in the form of a “Big Fat Check” or via PayPal. Because shopping with Ebates is hassle-free—no rebate forms to fill out and no points or miles to redeem—the site supports a strong community of savvy shoppers across the country and around the world. Founded in 1998 and acquired by Rakuten, Inc. in 2014, Ebates is headquartered in San Francisco. Ebates is a registered trademark of Ebates Performance Marketing, Inc. Rakuten is a registered trademark of Rakuten, Inc. Google Play is a registered trademark of Google Inc. App Store is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. PayPal is a registered trademark of PayPal, Inc.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SEC-2009-1.3-01 | Award Amount: 3.96M | Year: 2010
The malevolent use of Anthrax spores on civilians in late 2001 has shown the necessity to protect European citizens from criminal use of biological agents and viruses. Although these attacks had been punctual and crude, more sophisticated attacks on dozens or hundreds of injured or killed people are conceivable. When launching such an attack its success depends on concentrating a sufficient amount of pathogens in a defined area. Hence safeguarding a certain area regarding biological agents demands the detection of pathogenous bacteria, spores and viruses in various matrices (e.g. Anthrax in flour or sugar) or suspicious aerosols. This can only be accomplished by triggering a short-term alarm and its validation as well as the identification of the type of threat. Since most of the bio sensors available are laboratory bound or require special equipment which needs training as well as experience, new systems are needed. The concept of BIO-PROTECT is the development of a fast-alert, easy-to-use device to be applied for detection and identification of airborne bacteria, spores, viruses and toxins . Its technology is based on bioaerosol detection by fluorescence, scattering and background aerosol measurement followed by ionisation of air flow and analysis of the spectrum of relative speed of passage, which, in turns, enables identification of harmful biological agents. This device may also be used for controlling potential accidental release of bio-agents from biotechnology laboratories.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2012.7.2-1 | Award Amount: 2.00M | Year: 2013
Forensic analysis is an essential resource in the battle against organised crime and terrorist attacks. A key challenge in forensics is the detection of trace explosive residues at a post-blast scene or on the hands or clothes of an alleged suspect. Detection of the primer charge (e.g., PETN) is often hampered by higher-concentration residues from the main charge, e.g., ammonium nitrate. Detection of the primer can be essential in order to secure a prosecution, especially if the materials that comprise the main charge are commonly available, e.g., ammonium nitrate is present in fertiliser. ROSFENs goal is to deliver an advanced forensic platform for rapid, on-site direct detection and lab-quality analysis of narcotics, explosives and their precursors. The performance targets are detection limits down to 1 ng/mL, 1% false alarm rate and response time < 10 seconds. ROSFEN combines innovative technology from two leading SMEs: Microsaic Systems chip-based mass spectrometry and Environics ion filter systems. This novel platform removes the need for slow, costly chromatography methods currently used in lab-based analysis. ROSFEN will enable reduction of total analysis time (samples, blanks, controls) from hours to minutes, thus reducing the load on forensic labs and enabling intelligence-led investigations. ROSFEN will also innovate in the rapid analysis of new psychoactive drugs, by coupling the isomer selectivity of the ion filter technique with the detection sensitivity of tandem MS. ROSFEN will thus enable European industry to develop and deliver innovative technologies into key global markets: Analytical instruments for security applications ($2 billion annually) and the $3.3B market for mass spectrometry. The ROSFEN consortium comprises two research-intensive SMEs, two leading research groups and two end users. The end users have decades of expertise in forensic analysis of explosives and narcotics (FSNI), as well as crime scene analysis (PSNI).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SEC-2007-4.2-02 | Award Amount: 6.32M | Year: 2008
The Second Generation Locator for Urban Search and Rescue Operations (SGL for USaR) is mission oriented towards solving critical problems following large scale structural collapses in urban locations. The devotion, courage and expertise of rescuers need to be matched by procedures and technology that will enable safe and effective responses. This Integrated Project will combine chemical and physical sensors integration with the development of an open ICT platform for addressing mobility and time-critical requirements of USaR Operations. The project will also focus on medical issues and on the relevant ethical dilemmas. SGL for USaR has marshaled a pan-European interdisciplinary project team to produce a well-balanced consortium of 21 partners including rescue teams, researchers and SMEs along with the support of 15 LOIs. The project is formed by eight sub-projects (work packages) running in parallel. These WPs address the development of simulation environments; the development and validation of portable devices for location operations; the development and validation of smart sensors environment for monitoring the situation under the ruins; the management of medical information, including privacy and bioethics; and finally the development of an ICT platform that will integrate all the previous data, ensure interoperability and control the flow of the information from the field to the operational center. SGL for USaR will deliver methods and guidelines, as well as, tangible prototypes: a stand-alone FIRST responder device that integrates five different location methods (five in one); a networked rapid casualty location system (REDS) equipped with wireless sensor probes; an advanced environmental simulator for training and testing search and rescue units, including canine teams; and a prototype mobile operational command and control platform. These solutions can be also applied in security applications and thus they can create additional commercial opportunities.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: DRS-02-2014 | Award Amount: 12.91M | Year: 2015
The seven specific objectives of TOXI-triage address the operational; technological; ethical and societal dimensions of CBRN response and recovery, and importantly the economic base from which sustainable CBRN and multi-use systems are derived. 19 partners in 4 Task forces will deliver 9 Work Packages (WPs) that address: end user specifications; Design and delivery; Test and Validation; and, Impact. The approach defines a concept of operations that envisages accelerated delivery of situational awareness through an ensemble of embedded sensors, drones, standoff detectors (including cameras), artificial intelligence for processing sensor signals and web-traffic from social media, and centralised command and control. Wireless traceability of casualties provides dynamic mapping including medical care. 2 field exercises are intended to test and verify the operational attributes of the systems, and 3 WPs focus on impact to deliver: Exploitation; Security and Ethics; and Effective Innovation Management. Distinctive technological attributes of TOXI-triage include: rapid non-invasive assessment of exposure/ injury through monitoring metabolic markers of injury; managing and exploiting the semantic web; traceability by design; aptamer-based bio-sensing; casualty-to-discharge system integration; and integrated environmental and stand-off hazard designation. The approach is rigorous with clinical trials to test systems in poisoning clinics and live agent tests in laboratories designated by the UNs OPCW. Distinctive societal attributes of TOXI-triage include: addressing the needs of all vulnerable groups; optimising inter-cultural/ethnic messages and needs in CBRN response; fostering economic impact by multiple-uses for all the projects systems. TOXI-triage intends that its outcomes will be used routinely in medical/environmental/urban and search and rescue emergencies. The benefits are intended to extend significantly further then enhanced CBRN resilience
News Article | November 11, 2016
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reiterated his support for a national carbon pricing plan to be realized by 2018, even though there are questions of how the country will compete with a southern neighbour that has no plans to implement carbon markets. If provinces don't introduce their own carbon pricing plan, Trudeau has said he intends to set one for them. That plan is unchanged after news of Donald Trump's surprising win, at least for now. "We know that putting a price on carbon pollution is a way to improve our response to economic challenges, to create good jobs going forward and to show leadership that, quite frankly, the entire world is looking for along with the solutions that go with it," said Trudeau on Thursday, after having his first conversation with President-elect Trump. Opponents of Trudeau's plan have wasted no time in calling for its demise after Trump's win. Should provinces not come up with their own plans, the price on carbon would start at $10 for every tonne of greenhouse gas emitted, and would be raised to $50 in 2022. But Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said that trying to compete with a tax in place on carbon would be "complete insanity," according to the CBC. Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall, who's been a thorn in Trudeau's side when it comes to climate efforts, has been given more ammunition by Trump's victory. "It makes no sense for our federal government to push ahead with imposing a national carbon tax when our biggest trading partner—and our biggest competitor for investment and jobs—is not going to have one," Wall said, according to the National Post. Trudeau's stubbornness on carbon pricing might be well-founded. British Columbia has already been operating with carbon taxes since 2008—$10-per-tonne increased to $30-per-tonne in 2012—and Alberta will be executing their $20-per-tonne pricing sometime next year. Decisions to implement both plans were made at a time when there was no sign that the the United States might also introduce similar policies. Read More: Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Comes Back to Life With News of Trump Win There's also a solid partnership between Quebec and California's cap and trade market through the Western Climate Initiative. In 2015, the market raised over a billion dollars through auctions on the amount of emissions companies could produce. Ontario is expected to begin participating in that carbon market in 2017. There's evidence that when carbon prices are leveraged, good things start happening. Provinces could stand to benefit from the reversal of climate change policy under Trump In BC, even though businesses and voters saw fuel costs rise, many of them actually started to like it: people in the province embraced its reduction in output of greenhouse gases, according to a 2015 report from Environics Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation. And when you have a carefully tuned carbon tax, you don't need as many regulations, as MIT's Christopher Knittel argued in the New York Times. Carbon emissions are reduced through companies just needing to save money to stay in business, no overbearing rules required. With a carbon tax, provinces could stand to benefit from the total reversal of climate change policy that is expected to occur under the Trump administration. Carbon pricing would take advantage of forthcoming developments like the Keystone XL pipeline, blocked last year but now anticipated to be restarted early in the Trump presidency, by raising funds for the provincial governments where the projects are based. This election has changed the tenor and tone of the relationship between Canada and the US, which have the longest undefended border on the planet. Trade deals like NAFTA are back on the table for renegotiation, and the two countries may not coordinate as much as either would like on climate policy. But it looks like, in this case, Trudeau has made the decision to carry through on his plans without the US onboard, at least for now. Get six of our favorite Motherboard stories every day by signing up for our newsletter.
News Article | December 5, 2016
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2016) - Ninety percent of voters in Peterborough are still opposed to the sale of Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI) after the community consultation, according to a new poll conducted by Environics. Put into the field on November 25 immediately following Navigant's presentation of their report back from the consultation, the Environics poll found: "The people of Peterborough remain steadfast in their opposition to any sale of PDI," says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. "The numbers remain virtually unchanged from the previous poll we conducted in April, prior to the Hydro One offer and the City's consultation process." "We believed it was important to have a clear understanding of what people want, before Council makes their decision," says Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario and long-time Peterborough resident. "How our Councillors choose to vote is vital to the future of our City and everyone who lives here. They must listen to the people who elect them." The poll of 791 voting age residents of Peterborough, was conducted using both cell and landlines, and can be considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. CUPE is Ontario's community union, with more than 260,000 members providing quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.
Environics Oy | Date: 2011-06-07
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Environics Oy | Date: 2013-04-19
The invention relates to a method for chemical analysts, in which a gas flow is ionized, the ionized gas flow is led to a filtering area fitted to the flow channel, the ionized gas flow is filtered using the DMS/FAIMS method, in order to remove at least some of the ions from the gas flow. A parallel mainly non-ionized gas flow, which is on at least one side of the ionized gas flow, is led to the filtering area together with the ionized gas flow. The invention also relates to a corresponding structure.