Innovation Weekly
Mar. 27, 2015

Electronic-Optronics Technicians are in demand
Colleges and institutes are now able to submit their programs for the occupation of Electronic-Optronics Technician in the Canadian Armed Forces — Accreditation Certification Equivalency (CAF-ACE). The CAF is now accepting applications through Direct Entry, which means that candidates may be placed directly into a required on-the-job training program following basic training. Suitable programs could include: Electronics Technician, Electronic Engineering Technician, Telecommunications Technician and Wireless Communications.

Electronic-Optronic Technicians maintain, repair and modify fire control systems to ensure the accurate delivery of ammunition to the intended target. To learn more about this occupation, please watch the recruiting video for Electronic-Optronics Technicians. More

Scholars offer plan to make Canada run completely on renewable energy
More than 70 scientists, engineers, and economists have released a 56-page policy document in which they argue that Canada can move entirely to renewable energy by 2035. The document notes that 77 per cent of Canadian energy is already produced without burning fossil fuels, meaning that a complete shift to clean forms of energy is well within reach. The document proposes improvements to Canada's east-west electrical grid that would allow hydroelectric power sources in Quebec, Labrador, British Columbia, and northern Manitoba to more efficiently provide energy to the rest of the country; it also recommends introducing a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system and calls for a stop to subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. In related news, the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN), a network of researchers in the area of sustainability and education policy based at the University of Saskatchewan, have launched a national survey to determine how sustainability is being addressed in formal education across Canada.

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Manitoba announces $4 million expansion to MITT
Manitoba has approved $4 million in funding for a major expansion of the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. "This expansion will double the institute's capacity to train apprenticeship-track industrial welders and give young people more opportunities to learn and develop the skills they need to get the good jobs that are available right here in Manitoba," said Manitoba Minister of Education and Advanced Learning, Peter Bjornson. He also emphasized that MITT has a key role to play in the province's plan to add 75,000 skilled labourers to the workforce by 2020. MITT President Paul Holden said, "this investment is a significant step towards supporting our new mandate. An expansion to our campus will give us greater capacity to work with our secondary, post-secondary, and industry partners to provide state-of-the-art skilled trades training to career-focused students." Last year, Manitoba contributed $500,000 to add more than 4,000 square feet of classroom space to MITT.

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Ottawa investing $75 million in drone technology
CTV News
The federal government is investing $75 million in drone technology that it says will be used to fight terrorism and "help keep Canadians safe." Industry Minister James Moore made the announcement at the Burlington, ON, headquarters of L-3 WESCAM recently, explaining that the federal government would make a repayable contribution of $75 million to the company, through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative.More

World Heavy Oil Congress: Oil sands improving on environment, but new technology takes time
Global News
It's a seemingly small thing, the matter of a dozen or so degrees difference in the water temperature during one part of the lengthy and complex process of squeezing oil from Alberta bitumen. But it's saving energy and shaving a significant amount of greenhouse gases from the production of every barrel. "Behind the scenes, the development of these technologies is always happening," said Vicki Lightbrown of Alberta Innovates, one of several partners in the project now being field-tested.More

Canada approves non-browning Arctic apples
Toronto Star
When it comes to foodie fads, like "juicing" and "souping," Canada is usually slower to adapt and adopt than the United States. Not so in the case of the world's first genetically-modified, non-browning apple. Shortly after U.S. federal authorities approved two varieties of the Arctic apple, Canada has done the same — making two versions of this fruit legal to be grown, sold and, of course, eaten north of the border. More

The FTC is trying to become more of a new technology watchdog
Business Insider
The Federal Trade Commission is trying to become a stronger watchdog over brand new technologies like connected cars and smart homes. The FCC just announced a new unit called the Office of Technology Research and Investigation, which will help "ensure that consumers enjoy the benefits of technological progress without being placed at risk of deceptive and unfair practices." More

New 3-D printing technology is 100 times faster
The Vancouver Sun
They aren't yet at the point they can 3-D print a Terminator T-1000, the fluid-metal robotic villain in the Arnold Schwarzenegger end-of-days science fiction series. But the inventors of a radical and new 3-D printing additive manufacturing technology unveiled at the Vancouver 2015 TED conference say they were directly inspired by a scene in Terminator 2.More

Company: Aeromobil's flying car will go on sale in 2017
CBC News
Ever wanted to buy a flying car? You only have a couple more years to wait, says a company that has built prototypes that can both drive and fly. The flying roadster, a sporty two-seater that transforms into a light sports aircraft, aims to go on sale in just two years from Slovakia-based Aeromobil.More

Leatherback sea turtles fitted with cameras hunt for jellyfish
CBC News
Endangered leatherback sea turtles live mysterious lives and, until now, scientists had little knowledge of how they spend their time in the open ocean. But a team of Canadian researchers has managed to get a turtle's-eye-view of leatherback behaviour. The footage could be crucial to help save the species from extinction. Over eight summers, scientists affixed custom-made, GPS-equipped cameras with suction cups to the shells of 26 leatherback sea turtles off the northern coast of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.More

Could 4-D technology build and improve on the 3-D printed car 'Strati?'
Gazette Inquirer
For quite some time, many of us have desired our own cars to be smart, with the intelligence of the computer system being as important to some drivers as the style of the car. Some consumers can stop at the idea of a few sensors and a decent GPS but others love the concept of adaptive cars that can fully take the danger and hassle out of driving.More

Engineers: Spacecraft traveling close to light speed should be visible with current technology
MIT Technology Review
Interstellar travel may be the stuff of science fiction but it's straight-forward to calculate that it should be possible, given the ability to travel at a significant fraction of the speed of light. These kinds of speeds may even be achievable with near future technologies and the tax dollars to make them work. There are significant challenges, of course. Ulvi Yurtsever and Steven Wilkinson at the defense contractor Raytheon in El Segundo, CA, outline another that seems to have been overlooked until now.More

Auto-makers race to double range of electric cars
Global auto-makers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers such as LG Chem will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla Motors. At least four major auto-makers — General Motors, Ford Motor, Nissan Motor and Volkswagen — plan to race Tesla to be first to field affordable electric vehicles that will travel up to 200 miles between charges.More

3-D food printers could help feed world's poor
Food Magazine
Three-dimensional food printers have the potential to help end global famine, according to an influential academic. The Australian reports that Vivek Wadhwa, vice-president of innovation and research at Silicon Valley's Singularity University, believes 3-D-printed meat could be important in the fight against hunger because its production will become much cheaper than is the case for real meat.More