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Respiratory Protection

Kim Duquette Blog

For anyone working with or in proximity to toxic materials, the inhalation of such materials is a serious and genuine concern. Some chemicals can burn or scar the delicate tissues of the respiratory tract; others can be absorbed into the bloodstream, travel to the organs, and cause permanent damage. Hazardous materials, such as asbestos, can also cause long term damage …

walk4wellness

NORCAT does the Walk4Wellness Challenge

Hailey Short Blog

A few NORCAT staff participated in the Walk4Wellness Challenge throughout the month of October! New Day Wellness and the Heart and Stroke Foundation partnered together to host a walking challenge Walk4Wellness in October 2014 to promote Workplace Wellness Month. During the month of October the participants counted their daily steps with a pedometer to compete for great prizes, raise money …

WordPress

WordPress: Strengths and Weaknesses of the world’s most popular website tool

Nick Vildis Blog

To coincide with NORCAT’s upcoming WordPress Workshop (presented by myself), I’m writing this month’s web design blog about some of the big strengths and weaknesses of the WordPress platform. I’m going to touch on some of these points in my workshop, but this blog will be a bit more detailed than my presentation. But first… What is WordPress? WordPress is …

5 Ways To Prepare For a PR Crisis

NORCAT Blog

By Conway Fraser My phone rang recently with a stressed-out executive on the other end of the line. He had a communications crisis on his hands and he got my name from another company I do work with. I already knew about it because it was all over the news. So, I asked him a few standard research questions I …

Workplace Violence and Harassment

Workplace Violence and Harassment

Kim Duquette Blog

 Every worker should be able to work in an environment that is free of violence and harassment. In Ontario workplaces, violence and harassment are forbidden and illegal. The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out legislation that addresses workplace harassment and protects workers from workplace violence. Workplace harassment involves the use of abrasive language or inappropriate behaviour against a worker, …

Programs for Web Design

What programs do I need to design a website?

Nick Vildis Blog

To create an entire website from scratch, you’d probably imagine that a whole suite of expensive programs would be required. Like with anything the tools get better with the larger the budget you have to work with. You can create an entire website, graphics and all, using free software that is either on your computer already, the internet, or offered …

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ASCEnt NORTH – Supporting Sudbury’s Social Entrepreneurs

Kyle McCall Blog

Notice anything different about Greater Sudbury lately? Go on, take a second and think about it.  Think about all the work currently going on in the downtown core, the new businesses, events and festivals.  Then, think about all the organizations doing great work in town, like Rainbow Routes, We Live Up Here, the Sudbury Social Planning Council, ReThink Green, as …

Where can I go to learn to code?

Where can I go to learn to code?

Nick Vildis Blog

When you think of people who code websites, software, or electronics, you probably image nerds who dedicated years of post-secondary education to learn the ins and outs of programming languages and can create absolutely anything on a computer. You may be right, but with the help of the internet absolutely anyone can learn how to code. You don’t have to …

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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System or WHMIS

Kim Duquette Blog

As a worker, you may wonder why you’re required to have WHMIS training. What is WHMIS anyway? WHMIS is a Regulation that became law on October 31, 1988. From this point on, WHMIS became the national standard for hazard communication in Canada, and made it necessary for an employer to educate all employees about the safe handling, storage and use …

Canada Anti Spam Legislation

Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law

Nick Vildis Blog

If you find yourself in your inbox screaming “I DON’T LIKE SPAM!”, you’re in luck – there are now fines set in Canada for people who spam. To sum it up, Canada has passed it’s first anti-spam law which legally requires people who send out “commercial electronic messages” to obtain consent from recipients before sending out any kind of newsletters, …

"How to Rock the Social Interwebz" with Karen Schulman Dupuis

NORCAT Innovation Mill Presents – How to Rock the Social Interwebz

Hailey Short Blog

“Social media is not going away, choose wisely” – Karen Schulman Dupuis Using social media to build your brand, your business, your life – can be chaotic and overwhelming. Understanding the latest trends in social media and knowing what works for you and your business can be a difficult task. Karen Schulman Dupuis joined the Sudbury community at the NORCAT …

home hazards

Hazards At and Around the Home

Kim Duquette Blog

Health and Safety is not just an issue for industry; it is something we should be aware of in our daily lives. Every day we are exposed to hazards that we may not even be aware of. These hazards can come in many forms; however, they can generally be classified into three distinct categories: physical hazards, biological hazards and chemical …

Manning Innovation Awards – Northern Ontario Nominees

Manning Innovation Awards – Northern Ontario Nominees

Hailey Short Blog

Since inception in 1980, the Manning Innovation Awards have celebrated Canadians who turned their creative genius into beneficial technology. For over 30 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 …

My Life Story

Life Story

Shawn Peplinski Blog

Hello again, friends. Today I will write a little bit about how I decided to choose the computer route in life simply because I oftentimes find myself being asked questions such as “how did you know what to take in school”, or “how did you start off using a computer and how did you learn?”. It’s kind of a funny …

dot com vs. dot ca

Dot COM vs. Dot CA – Which one should I go with?

Nick Vildis Blog

It’s the very first piece of web marketing someone will encounter when visiting your website – the URL. You want to make a good impression: something not to short, something not too long, something easy to remember, something easy to type – but then you should ask yourself, “.com or .ca?” Before I start, lets define what .com or .ca …