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1. Canada is the only G8 nation that doesn’t have fast trains. This is not only a national embarrassment, but I would suggest it leaves an immeasurable economic hole in our country.

Canada’s lack of high speed rail is a national embarrassment

2. The anti-vaccination movement persists, and the campaign of disinformation it wages is beginning to have real consequences for society in general. That’s because as the numbers of people who aren’t vaccinated rise, it puts a dent in diseases that were thought to be eradicated. Scientists consider an eradication level of 95% ensured what is referred to as “herd immunity” or “community immunity”.

Could Polio Return to the U.S. and Canada?

3. Analysts from Euro Pacific Canada revealed their top picks for 2015 recently, and innovation was a major theme. Of the firm’s eight top picks, six came from the innovation sectors. The firm has graciously allowed us to share them with the readers of Cantech Letter.

Top Canadian Stock Picks for 2015 from Euro Pacific Canada

4. Sierra Wireless (TSX:SW, Nasdaq:SWIR) is already an important player in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things space, which is biggest secular trend in tech today, says Cormark analyst Richard Tse.

Sierra Wireless is at the heart of tech’s biggest secular trend, says Cormark

5. In a wide-ranging interview at the recent Cantech Investment Conference with Cambridge House’s Vanessa Collette, Difference Capital’s Mike Wekerle says that there’s “no reason” that Samsung should acquire BlackBerry, responding to rumours swirling around both companies.

Mike Wekerle’s Advice to John Chen: “Don’t Sell BlackBerry”

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1. Could lightning fast internet be on its way to Canada? Last week, Google posted a position on its own jobs board that could be an indication that the search engine giant might be planning to launch Google Fiber in Canada.

Is this the best sign yet that Google Fiber is coming to Canada?

2. Canada’s medical marijuana industry is undergoing a sea-change. One need look no further than the public markets for evidence; the country’s first publicly traded marijuana play, Tweed Marijuana, recently began trading and boasts a market cap in excess of $100-million…

Canada’s Medical Marijuana Industry: A Top Down Look

3. In 1992, the NHL introduced the “instigator” rule, handing an extra two-minute minor penalty to a player who starts a fight. Here in 2014, many video game fans think the book should be thrown at video game maker Electronic Arts for their efforts on the latest version of their wildly popular NHL franchise. But will EA’s reportedly awful effort on NHL 15 really cause its long-time fans to abandon ship?

EA Feels the Wrath of Fans Over NHL 15 Flub

4. Alberta artist Peter van Tiesenhausen has provided an interesting legal precedent in his long-running battle with oil companies seeking to run a pipeline through his 800 acre territory. He has copyrighted his land as a work of art…

Alberta Artist Copyrights Land as Artwork to Keep Oil Companies At Bay

5. The $5.2-billion, 12-year deal that Rogers Communications signed with the NHL back in November means it will assume full editorial control over “Hockey Night in Canada”, meaning the fates of on-air talent such as Bob Cole, Don Cherry and Ron Maclean is now in the publicly traded company’s hands….

Roger That? How “Hockey Night In Canada” Ended Up Losing the CBC Money

6. With the rise of social media, reaching a specific market segment has never been more cost-effective. And never has it been more complicated. But a comprehensive new study from Vancouver-based market research firm Vision Critical reveals that social media is, in fact, having a big impact on consumer decisions.

Brands Ignore Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest at their Peril, says Vision Critical Study