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U of T scientists identify gene that makes ants better bodyguards

A team of researchers from the University of Toronto has isolated the genetic markers for a key behavioural trait in ant species: their tendency to act as bodyguards to protect plants from herbivorous insects like grasshoppers and beetles. The phenomenon is known as mutualism and it is seen widely ...

Intellectual property rules are standing in the way of Canadian innovation, academics say

  A pair of researchers are calling out intellectual property rules at universities across Canada, saying current practices are stifling entrepreneurism and dissuading inventors from creating university spinoff companies, both of which are key to the country’s economic growth and prosperity. Ba ...

The compelling case for buying Equifax shares in wake of data breach

At today’s price, the stock is a tempting proposition for investors who are willing to bet on the ability of strategically positioned companies to endure just about any disgrace ...

Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear

A few weeks ago I watched Logan, Marvel’s final installment in the Wolverine franchise. When Wolverine saves several horses from oncoming traffic on the highway, the scene is striking—not because of Wolverine’s heroics, but because the trucks look weird. At first, I couldn’t put my finger o ...

Boeing's Huge Pension Gaffe?

Katherine Chiglinsky, Julie Johnsson, and Brandon Kochkodin of Bloomberg report, Down $20 Billion, Boeing Stuffs Pension Fund With Its Own Shares:Like so many companies in America, Boeing Co. has largely neglected the gaping deficit in its employee pension as it doled out lavish rewards to sharehol ...

Five Critical Elements of an Awesome Elevator Pitch

What do you do? It is a question that we’re asked on a regular basis. So what’s your answer? Is it clear and concise? Do people ask questions to learn more? Everyone needs a good answer to “What do you do?” You need a crystal one or sentence response – otherwise known as an elevator pitc ...

Canadian Green Tech ceases publishing

It is with regret that I announce today that Canadian Green Tech will no longer be publishing articles, insights or news. The Canadian Green Tech Weekly Briefing, the main instrument for reaching readers, will also stop publication.  Over the last eight+ years, I have witnessed a major shift in ...

“Deprescribing” Canadian seniors want to cut back on the drugs they’re taking

Researchers from the University of Montreal have found that many Canadian seniors are concerned that they’re taking too many prescription medications but few of them have the knowledge or awareness to speak to their doctors about the issue, a growing public health problem, say experts. Canadians ...

Kosher weed anyone? Canadian company’s marijuana certified for Jewish dietary law

A Quebec medical marijuana company is calling itself the first in Canada to gain kosher certification for its cannabis products. Just in time for the Rosh Hashana celebrations of the Jewish New Year on September 20, Gatineau-based Hydropothecary has announced that its processed medical marijuana ha ...

Will the Fed start normalization this week?

The dials of geopolitical and monetary risk are spinning in different directions across the globe. Of note in the U.S., markets are wondering whether glimmers of political bipartisanship bode well for reform legislation, and the Federal Reserve (Fed) is gearing up for what may be one of its most im ...