Canadian inventor tests new prototype of Hoverboard

Duru flew up to 5 metres above a lake for a total distance of 275.9 metres while aboard his homemade, propeller-powered hoverboard in a trip that lasted more than 1½ minutes.

Now, Duru is working on a secret, next-generation version of the device. Watch as he takes CBC’s Reg Sherren into his workshop, where he is building it, and then to a Quebec lake where he puts the new prototype to the test for the first time. Canadian inventor tests new prototype of record-setting hoverboard.

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Even with proposed oil and gas emissions regulations, Canada won’t meet GHG target: commissioner

Ottawa, Canada dragging heels on emissions cuts

 Environment Commissioner slams Feds for lack of commitment to Climate Change action

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OTTAWA — Canada pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 17 per cent less than 2005 levels. That was five years ago. This week, Canada’s environment commissioner says, we’re not even close.

Smoke pours from the stacks at the Portlands Energy Centre in Toronto, January 15, 2009. Baloney Meter: Does Canada have falling greenhouse gas emissions?

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Feds will likely fall short on 2020 greenhouse gas targets: auditor
Julie Gelfand’s maiden report said Ottawa is not working with the provinces in order to reach its target. Moreover, Gelfand’s report found there was no clear plan for monitoring the contentious oilsands beyond 2015.

Those conclusions, in conjunction with her finding that the oil and gas regulations Canadians have been waiting years to see have actually been around in draft form for more than a year, led to Gelfand’s summation of her findings: shocking. READ MORE: Ottawa dragging heels on emissions cuts, according to audit.

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“By the year 2020, we’ll be almost back to where we were in 2005, according to Environment Canada’s data,” she said in an interview on The West Block with Tom Clark. “The sector-by-sector approach of regulating each sector of the economy, if we continue down that path, I’m concerned that we won’t meet [the target] just because of the time lag of how long it takes to develop regulations. Then, once you regulate something, you usually give industry a year or two or three to catch up and we only have six years left.”

The government has introduced regulations to govern the automotive and transportation sector, the biggest source of emissions, as well as the area of electricity production.

But Gelfand’s report says that while regulations for coal-fired plants are in place, emissions have yet to be reduced because “performance standards take effect only in July 2015, and only apply to new plants or to existing plants when they reach the end of their useful life.”

Canada lacks Arctic vision: Gelfand also found that detailed, proposed regulations are sitting on the environment minister’s desk, but the “federal government has consulted on them only privately, mainly using a small working group of one province and selected industry representatives.”

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Federal officials told the commissioner implementation has been delayed over “concern about whether regulations would make Canadian companies in the sector less able to compete with their U.S. counterparts,” the report said.

“We’ve seen bits and pieces of regulations, proposals … What we found in our audit was that some of these proposals have been discussed but very narrowly and very privately,” Gelfand told Tom Clark. “Environment Canada has said it wants to be a world class regulator. And if you want to be a world class regulator, you give people lots of time ahead of time that a regulation is coming down the path.”

Having gone through those drafts, which explore different options, the commissioner said some could bring down greenhouse gas emissions “by a variety of different numbers … It would depend on which one was chosen, but things would happen if the government decided to regulate.”

Even if any of those proposals was implemented immediately, Gelfand said it remains “highly unlikely” Canada will meet its targets.

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How a Canadian company is connecting youths to jobs, no degree required

How a Canadian company is connecting youths to jobs

A Canadian company called Raise Your Flag wants to help connect youths to meaningful work, like becoming a choreographer, without requiring them to get a post-secondary degree or diploma.Featured Image -- 4213

How Raise Your Flag works:

The program is online, open to anyone and completely free.

Participants can either identify what job they are interested in right now, or what kind of career they want to have in the future.

Take someone who wants to become a fashion designer, for example. Raise Your Flag will show them the steps in a potential career path, how you go from a retail sales associate in a fashion store, to a tailor’s assistant, to a pattern cutter, and so on.

“And then of course, at each step we show them the open job postings in their geographic location,” said Porter.

The organization also identifies and suggests various training opportunities from other groups that may be helpful along the way, such as an online course that would cost around $20 or $30 and teach them to use Photoshop to design patterns – whatever the training may be.

Alternatively, participants can start with a job they want to pursue right now, for example, they know the Shoppers Drug Mart down the street is hiring. Raise Your Flag would then show them all the different career paths that start with retail.

The organization works with partners who pay to promote their company as a viable career path that doesn’t require a degree.

When the group started talking to major national companies – like Tim Hortons, Air Canada, and the Canadian Armed Forces, for example – they discovered that all these companies had the same problem: How do we keep these young employees and communicate to them that there are future opportunities here for them?

What most found was that employees under the age of 30 generally leave within two years. One of the top reasons they cite for leaving was that they didn’t see a future with the company. Numerous studies seem to back that claim up.

A recent report from CivicAction lists “a lack of meaningful opportunities” as a major roadblock to youth finding employment. Though the unemployment rate for youth aged 15 to 24 is historically higher than adults (at last check sitting at 13.4 per cent compared to seven per cent overall), a Statistics Canada report states the gap between the two has widened in recent years, as youth employment hasn’t bounced back to its pre-recession level.

Companies insist there are future careers with them, “they’ve just done a terrible job of articulating that and laying it out to [young employees],” said Porter.

“So Raise Your Flag is a chance for [young employees] to lay out that future within their company – at each step of the way, what they can do if they come there eager to learn and ready to work really hard,” he said.

The problem with education:

One of the biggest obstacles Raise Your Flag comes up against is the education system.

Channeling Braveheart, Porter quipped, “the problem with education is that it’s filled with educators.”

He explained, “it’s exclusively filled with a group of people who took one post-secondary pathway.” To tell them that you can have a great career without a university or college degree, “they think that you’re personally attacking their degree and their decision, which isn’t the case,” Porter said.

Raise Your Flag isn’t anti-college or university, stressed Porter. “We’re anti people wasting time and money for something that they may not need.” He’d much rather see a young person go out into the working world and after three years of paid work decide to get more education, versus enrolling in a program after high school, coming out with crippling debt, only so say “ah, maybe that wasn’t worth it.”

Why kids these days need to get a j.o.b.

Porter’s number one tip for today’s youth is to get a job. Any job. Young people, he stressed, need to be engaged in work, and they need to try out a job for at least three to six months before they decide if they like it or not.

Porter recalled his first real job at a No Frills stocking shelves. From there he eventually managed a small team, then two departments, then the store. And it was through those experiences that he learned what he liked, what he didn’t like, how he worked best.

“Just collect all those crappy experiences, the cleaning up accidents in aisle four, dealing with customers who you don’t understand on the phone – all of that stuff, because it helps shapes our outlook on the type of work that we can do,” he said.

Porter also cautions against dumbing things down for youth and telling them simply to follow their passions.

“It’s so cliché and there’s not a lot of value in telling young people to follow their passion, because right now, they think their passion is Xbox, they think their passion is MTV.”

“When I was 15 I thought I was going to the NBA,” he said. But he was lucky enough to have a gym teacher who – rather than said “yes Ryan, follow your passion!” – suggested he tried out teaching a gym class at his co-op placement. From there, Porter discovered he really enjoyed teaching people new things.

Passion isn’t found, stressed Porter. “You discover passion…you earn passion – and then you bring it with you wherever you want to go.”

Toronto: Bill Murray Day Ends With a Bang at ‘St. Vincent’ Premiere

Bill Murray took part in a celebration of himself on Friday, as the Toronto Film Festival as he announced that Sept. 5 would be commemorated as “Bill Murray Day.”

Events planned for the day include screenings of his iconic movies such as Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day followed by the world premiere of his latest film, St. Vincent, according to theHollywood Reporter. The tribute to the iconic comedian and actor will also feature a Bill Murray costume contest in the evening. 1386962606unnamed (4)

Pilot project to put bus drivers behind protective shields gets underway

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