dot com vs. dot ca

Dot Com vs. Dot CA, part II – Picking the right domain for your website.

Nick Vildis Blog

Over a year ago I wrote about picking a domain for your website, whether to choose one based on the domain extension – .com or .ca. In that article I never talked much about picking the right domain itself, the part that precedes the extension. It may not be as simple as using the name of your company – depending …

WHMIS 2015

WHMIS 2015 and GHS

Kim Duquette Blog

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – you may know it as WHMIS – has been in force across Canada since 1988. If you’re part of the Canadian workforce, chances are you’ve taken WHMIS training at sometime or other. Especially since employers are required to ensure that workers working in proximity to a controlled product are informed about all available …

NORCAT Program Helps Budding Entrepreneurs

Hailey Short Blog

Entrepreneurship 101 starts Sept. 30 By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff For the third year, the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology’s (NORCAT) will start its Entrepreneurship 101 program in the fall, which aims to help people who want to start their own businesses. The free course will feature 29 one-hour lectures – by experienced entrepreneurs – every Wednesday evening from Sept. …

Medical Diagnostics Company Secures $800 K from Investors

Hailey Short Blog

Rna Diagnostics to build Sudbury lab for cancer tests A Toronto-based medical diagnostics company with strong roots in Sudbury recently secured around $800,000 from angel investors mainly based in Sudbury. “We’re very pleased about the support we’ve had from the Sudbury folks,” said Dr. Ken Pritzker, the president and CEO of Rna Diagnostics. While the company’s head office is in …

A Brief History of Flash - commitstrip

The slow, painful attempt to kill Adobe Flash

Nick Vildis Blog

Adobe Flash has reappeared in the news as of late over Mozilla’s knee-jerk reaction to disable Flash Players by default in their Firefox web browser over security issues. It’s the same old thing that we’ve been hearing for over 5 years now: “Flash has security issues” and “Die Flash die!” It’s true, it’s a very vulnerable piece of software – …


Best Free Online Tools for Start-ups

Hailey Short Blog

Starting your business can be extremely overwhelming. However, the Internet has made a few things a little easier for us. Here’s my list of the best free online tools for start-ups. Slack We were first introduced to slack by one of our NORCAT advisors. What is Slack you might ask?  Essentially, it’s a platform for team communication.  Collaborating on a …

Manning Innovation Awards 2015 Recipients

Manning Innovation Awards 2015 – Nominee Recognition Event

Hailey Short Blog

Since inception in 1982, the Manning Innovation Awards have celebrated Canadians who turned their creative genius into beneficial technology. For over 34 years the Manning Innovation Awards have served as one of Canada’s most preeminent award programs celebrating inventive and innovative business leaders. These awards recognize and foster innovation throughout our communities in Canada. Each year the Manning Awards distribute …

Internet Explorer Broken Image

The “end” of Internet Explorer – Hard times for the world’s worst browser: Part 2

Nick Vildis Blog

With recent announcements about Windows 10 and how Microsoft is shaking that product up, they also announced they would be phasing out Internet Explorer. Phasing out, but unfortunately not killing it. It will still be around and supported by Microsoft (because of compatibility reasons and IE is still a big hit in the Asian market), but they are rebuilding their …

General Lock Out and Tag Out

General Lock Out and Tag Out Procedures

Kim Duquette Blog

Locking and tagging procedures, if followed and implemented correctly, can prevent needless accidents and help contribute to a safe work environment.  Therefore, it is critical that workers shut off machines during servicing or repair procedures and that they use locks and tags to prevent machines from being started unexpectedly. Any time a worker is required to remove or bypass a …

Asbestos Removal sign

Asbestos in the Workplace

Kim Duquette Blog

What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a family of naturally occurring fibrous minerals known as asbestiform minerals. These minerals are hydrated silicates that are divided into two groups known as serpentines and amphiboles, based on their geological features. Although there are as many as 30 classified types of asbestos, only six have any commercial importance. These six types are listed in …

Google Analytics - Anytime, Anywhere.

Google Analytics – Why you should use this software that no one will see.

Nick Vildis Blog

Don’t you wish there was a way to see who’s visiting your website without looking like an NSA, Big Brother-esque digital voyeur? You can, it’s called “Google Analytics”. Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that anonymously tracks user’s behavioural data on your website. When I say “anonymous”, I mean it’s not going to give you names, e-mails …

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation – Are You Still in Compliance?

Hailey Short Blog

Spring of 2014, companies we’re scrambling to meet the requirements of the new, daunting legislation that would affect most Canadian companies.  “If you use electronic channels to promote or market your organization, products or services, Canada’s new anti-spam law may affect you” On July 1st, 2014 the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect. What did this mean? You can’t send …

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Kim Duquette Blog

In 2005, the government of Ontario passed into law the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which lets the government set accessibility standards and gives the government the authority to enforce these standards. The purpose of this act is to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities regarding goods, services, facilities, accommodation, …