Don’t Be Fooled by Facebook’s “Friends Day”

Zuckerberg: "We figured rather than have this birthday that focuses on us we should make sure the world focuses on how people are connecting...around the world."

To celebrate its 12th anniversary today, Facebook has introduced a campaign called “Friends Day”. By now, you have probably already seen one or more of the minute-long videos that show you pictures of your friends from the past year. The videos feature off-camera person whose hands lay down index cards that say “Hi X. “Here […]

Cantech Letter Announces the 2015 TSX Life Sciences Stock of the Year Finalists

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In the Canadian Life Sciences sector, 2015 was defined by one word: Valeant. Valeant Pharmaceutical’s problems, which would eventually spill over into U.S. and Canadian biotechs alike, arguably began in mid-September when the New York Times reported on the egregious drug pricing behaviour of a fellow specialty pharma company; privately held Turing Pharmaceuticals. Turing had […]

Cantech Letter Announces the 2015 TSX Venture Tech Stock of the Year Finalists

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In the shadow of a resurgent technology sector, most Canadian tech juniors went nowhere in 2015. That, of course, is a place that is better than their mining counterparts, who found the bottom and proceeded to dig. Things aren’t all rosy though: the TSX tech index’s little brother is still littered with stocks that are […]

Cantech Letter Announces the 2015 TSX Tech Stock of the Year Finalists

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Number six. It’s hard to believe this is the sixth time I will be presenting the Cantech Letter Awards. It seems like only yesterday I braved a blustery Lougheed Highway in Burnaby to present the very first trophy to Glentel’s Tom Skidmore, who accepted it with a couple impromptu dance steps. The winners that followed […]

Canada’s Top 10 Cleantech Stocks of 2015

It was a bounce back year for Victoria's Carmanah Technologies.

Canada’s tiny cleantech sector is marred by a history of misteps into solar and wind energy and today exists as a fragmented collection of companies that might be better described as Special Situations. The S&P/TSX Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Index, which consists of disparate companies such as Ballard Power, Clearwater Seafoods and Cascades, always […]

The Top Ten Canadian Biotech Stocks of 2015

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In the Canadian Life Sciences sector, 2015 was defined by one word: Valeant. Valeant Pharmaceutical’s problems, which would eventually spill over into U.S. and Canadian biotechs alike, arguably began in mid-September when the New York Times reported on the egregious drug pricing behaviour of a fellow specialty pharma company; privately held Turing Pharmaceuticals. Turing had […]

Alleged Calgary fraudster promised pre-IPO Facebook shares, say authorities

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The Alberta Securities Commission yesterday announced it had issued a Notice of Hearing to a Calgary man who raised more than $1.5-million from investors and told some he was acquiring pre-IPO shares in Facebook. The ASC alleges that Nelson Peter Bradbury of Calgary raised the cash with without proper registration and without a prospectus or […]

One in five Canadian youths has tried e-cigarettes, says study

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The use of electronic cigarettes is predictably high amongst smokers, but a new study from researchers at The University of Waterloo says the use of ecigs by young Canadians is also a trend. The study, called “Who is using e-cigarettes in Canada? Nationally representative data on the prevalence of e-cigarette use among Canadians” was published […]