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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

Occupational Health and Safety for Workers

Occupational Health and Safety for Workers

Kim Duquette Blog

The Occupational Health and Safety Act is designed to protect workers against health and safety hazards on the job by spelling out the rights and responsibilities of the various workplace parties. This approach allows the employer, managers/supervisors, and workers to establish site-specific methods to achieve compliance. This in turn allows more flexibility in finding solutions that are tailor-made to individual …

Should I have videos on my website?

Should I have videos on my website?

Nick Vildis Blog

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Having videos on your website has proven to increase viewer’s attention span, increase conversion rates and gets your message across in a faster and lazier way then your viewers actually having to focus and read. By that logic I should be recording this article and posting it as a video, but I can’t stand hearing …

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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 …

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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, …