Wednesday, December 2

Ontario

Ontario, SpaceX, Starlink, Tesla

SpaceX Starlink Internet to Connect First Nation of Pikangikum in Ontario

Earlier this month SpaceX Starlink Internet was approved to operate in Canada by the CRTC. The brainchild of Elon Musk, Starlink is a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LOE) Internet satellites 550 kilometers above the planet, enabling faster speeds compared to traditional satellite Internet. Mid november Starlink extended its Internet beta invitations to Canada And days later, we read about the first reviews of the impressive plug-and-play service, which costs $ 649 CAD for the satellite dish and then $ 129 CAD per month for the service.Despite early adopter pricing, the Early comments from Canadians noted that the service was very impressive., truly a game changer for rural residents. Now, we have another first for Starlink, as Tesla north reports FSET Information Techn...
Business, DoorDash, Government, Ontario, Ontario government, Uber Eats

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Limit Fees for Delivery Apps at COVID-19 Hotspots

The Ontario government is moving to put a cap on the fees delivery services like Uber Eats can charge restaurants in areas where eating inside is prohibited. The new legislation, which is called the Local Restaurant Support Act of 2020, states that the limit would be 15 percent for delivery fees and 20 percent for all fees. If the legislation passes, it would also allow fines of up to $ 10 million to food delivery services that do not comply with the law. The legislation would also ensure that the changes would not affect food delivery service employees or contractors. Ontario Small Business Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria made the announcement on November 26, declaring that the limits are similar to those that have been set in New Y...
broadband, Business, Doug Ford, Government, Ontario, Ontario government

Ontario government invests $ 680 million to expand broadband access

The Ontario government has announced a $ 680 million investment to expand broadband and cellular access throughout the province. This investment is in addition to the $ 315 million previously announced to support the 'Up to Speed: Broadband and Cellular Action Plan'. The government notes that this crowdfunding will create jobs and connect underserved and underserved communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. "With the world online these days, if we are to attract more investment to Ontario and compete in this highly competitive global market, we need every part of our province to be connected to high-speed internet," stated the Prime Minister of Ontario, Doug Ford, in a new release. The investment announced today double...
Business, COVID-19, Government, Ontario, Ontario government

Ontario Government Launches Enhanced COVID-19 Data Center

The Ontario government has launched a updated COVID-19 data hub to provide a better overview of infection rates across the province. The new data page includes interactive charts that allow users to compare infection rates in different public health units. “This new dashboard will allow you to see exactly where the trends are heading. You will have access to the same public health data and information as me, ”Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford said at a press conference on November 3. Ford noted that the information will be updated daily. The information center includes data on hospital beds, ICU capacity, and test positivity rates."It is critical that everyone has access to this information so that you can take the necessary s...
Business, Government, Nokia, Ontario

Ontario government introduces new regulation to reduce e-waste

The Ontario government has introduced a new regulation to require producers to collect and manage the full life cycle of their electronic products. This includes things like phones, computers, printers, and gaming equipment. The government notes that the regulation will promote the reuse and reconditioning of products so they can be resold. The new regulation will come into force on January 1, 2021 and aims to reduce the amount of waste produced by electronics. "Electronics are becoming an increasing challenge for our waste system and we need new solutions to keep it out of landfills," said Environment Minister Jeff Yurek at a Press release. Additionally, Nokia has partnered with Greener Acres Canada to convert electronic waste ...
Business, Government, Ontario, premier ford

Ontario government reveals plan to digitize driver’s licenses

The Ontario government has announced plans to digitize various government services, including driver's licenses. Prime Minister Doug Ford told reporters on October 19 that although the government had been planning to do this for a while, the process is accelerating due to COVID-19. "Whether you're getting married or renewing your driver's license or health card or filing for your business: we want services to be more accessible, more reliable, and more convenient for you," he said. "From banking to food, companies have adapted their operations to meet the needs of their online customers and the government must do the same." The plan is called "Ontario Onward: Ontario COVID-10 Action Plan for People-Centered Government. "It consi...
iPhone News, Ontario

Ontario Introduces Plan to Digitize Driver’s Licenses and Birth Certificates

The Ontario government today unveiled plans to digitize driver's licenses and birth certificates as part of a broader announcement to reform services in the province. According to CP24, Prime Minister Doug Ford announced the changes Monday afternoon. He noted that the plan to digitize driver's licenses and birth certificates, part of a plan that would also include a digital wallet, was sped up due to COVID-19. "Whether you're getting married or renewing your driver's license or health card or filing for your business - we want services to be more accessible, more reliable, and more convenient for you," Ford said. A digital wallet would have a resident's driver's license and birth certificate, allowing them to prove their identity without the need to visit a government service...
covid alert, iPhone News, Ontario

Ontario to Remotely Install COVID Alert App on 25,000 Provincial Employee Mobile Phones

According to CTV News Toronto, Ontario province remote installation Canada's COVID Alert Exposure Notification App on Company Employees' Smartphones, Ahead of Thanksgiving Long Weekend. CTV News says it has learned that "the app will be remotely installed on more than 25,000 government-issued smartphones used by Ontario Public Service (OPS) employees." The COVID alert will begin to appear on OPS smartphones from Thursday, but the use will be optional, as employees can use it or remove the application once it appears. Other Ontario government sources said CTV News expects LCBO, Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to also remotely install COVID Alert on the company's smartphones. The decision to remotely install COVID Alert on provincial work phon...
iPhone News, Ontario

Apple sues Canadian recycling company for reselling 100,000 devices instead of destroying them

According to The logicApple is suing an Ontario electronics recycling company, alleging that the company stole and sold iOS and watchOS devices instead of destroying them. GEEP Canada is being accused of reselling 100,000 iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches, according to Apple's lawsuit. Apple says Barrie-based GEEP and members of its senior management team were aware of its activity. GEEP denies all wrongdoing and says that when it discovered the resale ring, it closed it immediately. In terms of damages, Apple is seeking $ 31 million from GEEP, plus proceeds from the sale of iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches. GEEP was hired by Apple in the fall of November 2014 to help recycle old products instead of disposing of them in landfills. Apple says it shipped 531,966 iPhones, 25,673 ...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, Ontario

Ontario’s single-day COVID-19 case burden falls to 554 after Monday’s record – The Canadian News

Ontario confirmed 554 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a drop from the record 700 cases reported Monday. In a tweet, Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 38,400 tests had been completed the day before. Toronto remains the focus of the virus in Ontario, with the most new cases (251), followed by Ottawa (106) and Peel (79).Ontario reports 554 cases of # COVID-19 since about 38,400 tests were completed. Locally, there are 251 new cases in Toronto with 106 in Ottawa, 79 in Peel and 43 in the York region. 62% of current cases occur in people under 40 years of age. - Christine Elliott (@celliottability) September 29, 2020Elliott said 62 percent of Tuesday's cases are in people under 40. Four more people have died, bringing the provincial death toll to 2,844. Before ...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ontario, Provincial

Ontario Reports 115 New COVID-19 Cases – The Canadian News

Ontario has confirmed 115 new COVID-19 cases today, an increase from the 108 cases reported on Saturday. No new deaths were reported. The current provincial death toll is 2,797. The province now has 41,402 confirmed cases, and 90.8 percent are considered resolved. In a tweet Sunday morning, Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province processed nearly 23,300 tests.Today, Ontario reports 115 cases of # COVID-19, an increase of 0.3% as the province processed more than 23,300 tests. Locally, 29 of Ontario's 34 public health units report five or fewer cases, and 13 of them report no new cases. - Christine Elliott (@celliottability) 23 Aug 2020
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, Ontario

Ontario confirms 76 new COVID-19 cases, data from 11 public health units not included – The Canadian News

Ontario confirmed 76 new COVID-19 cases today, a drop from the 102 cases reported yesterday. In a tweet, Health Minister Christine Elliott said that a flaw in her reporting system led to the figures for 11 public health units not being included in today's total. Elliott added that the 11 units reported a total of eight cases yesterday, which she says is not an exact number of how many cases are missing today, but is an indication of how many cases may be underreported. One more person has died, bringing the provincial death toll to 2,793. The province now has 41,048 confirmed cases, and 90.8 percent are considered resolved. The public health units not included were: Algoma, Brant County, Chatham-Kent, Hamilton City, Niagara Region, Peterborough, Simcoe Muskoka District, South...