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Making the Impossible Possible | CANARIE.ca

Twenty years ago, researchers from industry, universities, and government joined a team of visionaries at CANARIE to build Canada's first research and education network. Since then CANARIE’s programs, services, and national ultra-high-speed network have sparked transformative digital innovations that pave the way for Canadian leadership in today’s digital economy and make the impossible possible.

 

While CANARIE’s role in supporting research and education is well known, its role in spurring digital innovation within the private sector is less so. But over the past twenty years, a number of CANARIE programs have leveraged the vital digital infrastructure to motivate the business community to adopt leading-edge technologies to strengthen their competitive advatage.

 

In 2000, CANARIE launched the E-business program to support the development of practical solutions to enable small and medium-sized businesses to accelerate their transition to e-business.

 

 

This program supported a range of solutions implemented in 2000 and beyond, including:

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Tricia Chan's insight:

In my opinion, the important factors of moving towards realization are total clarity, taking action and attracting the dream towards you. Without a clear path and mindset, we will often end up in quandaries thus giving up in the end. There are bound to be impediments to be surmounted but with the right attitude, it would definitely bring us far. In this article, I see a large amount of time spent, in fact twenty years, on Canada's first research and education network. The tenacious spirit and hard work of the teachers and researchers had finally paid off when their network was a huge success.They even started an online business program. I think they must have felt a great sense of satisfaction and I wish I could taste the sweet success after I worked hard for something .I wonder why would someone work so hard for twenty years, the students must really mean a lot to them. 

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Hui Li's curator insight, June 30, 2013 1:03 AM

Prejudice used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of gender, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality or other personal characteristics. Minority people that behave or speak differently from people of the majority. This shouldn't be that case because people are made differently and each of us are unique in our own way. In this article, the author's son suffers from down syndrome. Though he's not viewed as normally as the other people he is happy for who he is. And we shouldn't just judged people like this. We could have been more encouraging towards these people and show love care and concern towards them. Its kind of irony that we are putting these people down when tthey are already doen shouldn't we try to bring them up?           

wingsie's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:40 AM

From this article, I can see that the efforts of the researchers that out in for twenty years have really paid off. What was originally just an imagination turned into a possibility with the determination and having the success in mind. Today, CANARIE is one of the leading digital network businesses in Canada. In my opinion, CANARIE has achieved a remarkable feat; they have leveraged the government’s investment in infrastructure to stimulate innovation and the adoption of the very latest technological tools. By creating new programmes, other small companies can have the chance to contribute to a strong economy. 

Proto3000's comment, July 20, 2013 9:36 AM
It's all about how we strengthen our economy and build a better tomorrow, 1 company at a time. Someone has finally come up to the plate. - John
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Down syndrome is not the issue, prejudice is. | Treyton's Posse

Down syndrome is not the issue, prejudice is. | Treyton's Posse | Possibilities & Conflict and Prejudice Assignment_By Tricia Chan Yan Ru | Scoop.it
The real issue is the prejudice in this world that will be forced upon him, that is what I would do with my wish. I would rid the world of the prejudice that says people with Down syndrome are something less.
Tricia Chan's insight:

I gained valuable insights after reading this article and realised that prejudice is not only against the most common example of races but also people who are slightly different from us, such as people who suffer from Down syndrome. In my opinion, I don’t think the extra-chromosome is the real problem, its prejudice which gains peculiar stares from onlookers. I believe it’s really inhumane to do such a thing where we ourselves are born healthy and yet we look down on others who are different. With the author’s son living well and happily although he suffers from Down syndrome moves me and I seen resilience, which motivates me in life. However, not all have the positive mindset to face setbacks, thus, what is the challenge for those who are more negative, yet stubborn, in life? The main concept is “attitude and perspective” and I find it meaningful, changing the way we look at life. With the right mindset and a targeted goal, perseverance would bring us far. I definitely understood how and why prejudice changed the world.

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Hui Yu Leong's comment, July 2, 2013 6:09 AM
From this article, I can see that in modern society, disabled people are often looked down upon, many people look down on the disabled and make them the outcasts of the society, just because they think differently from us and have a different mental capability. Because they are different from us, we treat them like freaks,modern society is very shallow, and what person strays from the'normal path' will immediatly be bullied or left aside. The author in this artical has a child born with down syndrome and is worried that his child will be bullied when he grows up, in this article, we can see why we do not have the right to judge others as we do not face the same difficulties and challenges others face.
Hui Yu Leong's comment, July 2, 2013 6:10 AM
Instead of being mean and judgemental, we should learn to embrace everyone as the world needs diversity and compassion.
Seamus Ong's curator insight, July 4, 2013 9:59 AM

This is my insight using the see-think-wonder routine. From this article we can see how people always have preconceived ideas on down syndrome and thus are prejudice towards people with down syndrome, saying less capable, less intelligent, less human. As we read we learn that some examples of prejudice in the world today are slavery, segregation, denying women the right to vote, etc. This article makes me think that in this world, as long as you are considered 'better off' acording to the standards of the world you would always tend to be prejudice towards those who are considered 'less' than you are as the author herself sees her child, who has down syndrome, in a different light due to the mutual understanding which is formed as a result of the parent-child affinity they share which others do not experience and thus cannot relate to the child. This article makes me wonder if it is even possible to rid the world of prejudice.

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Starting a Small Business: Entrepreneur Mom Success Stories

Starting a Small Business: Entrepreneur Mom Success Stories | Possibilities & Conflict and Prejudice Assignment_By Tricia Chan Yan Ru | Scoop.it

 - Business: Sassy Signs (sassysigns.com), publicity for yard sales and celebrations, launched February 2006
 - Investment: $25,000 for initial manufacturing
 - 2009 earnings: Around $220,000 in sales
When women match a need in the marketplace with what's best for them and their families—while devising smart strategies to make it all happen—everyone wins...To put in the first order, they had to deplete savings and max out credit cards. "It was terrifying," says Tammy, "but we believed we'd get our investment back and then some." At first the sisters sent out orders from their basements, but the business grew so much that they now use a fulfillment center...Profits took a while. "In the beginning, nearly every penny of sales went toward production, advertising, and paying down debt," says Tammy. But by devising new lines for special occasions and landing a big catalog deal Tammy and Nycole were finally able to pocket $10,000 each in 2009. With more people holding yard sales because of the economy, the sisters expect that 2010 will be a banner year.


Via Ashok Ramachandran
Tricia Chan's insight:

This is indeed an inspiring story on how two stay-at-home moms made it big on something that they thought was impossible. The importance of resilience is shown here and if we believe that we can, we will. It can be seen in the article on how terrified they were when they thought that they would not get their investments. With perseverance, their business took flight when they started sending out orders from their basements and that’s when it expanded. I think it was hard for them to pull through this as the economy was bad and their tenacity really motivated me to work hard towards a targeted goal. However, I wondered what their source of motivation was. Was it their children or parents since they are mums that motivated them?

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Hui Li's curator insight, June 30, 2013 1:10 AM

This article is an inspiring story of stay-at-home moms who started a business in the worst recession and made it successful. I feel really encouraged by this article as it shows that everyone can make it its up to them whether they are willing to hold on and made the impossible possible. You have to believe in yourself that you can and will achieve the goal. Motivation from your love ones contribute greatly as well.

Cheryl Toh's curator insight, June 30, 2013 9:48 AM

This is an inspiring story of stay-at-home moms who started a business in the worst recession and made it successful. I can see that they are really trying very hard to achieve what they thought was impossible. They did not give up even though 'it was terrifying'. I think that what made it possible was that they believed in what they will achieve in the end and that they have the determination to keep going. I wonder what made them have such determination?

Ming Ting's curator insight, June 30, 2013 11:16 AM

From this article, I see that two stay-at-home moms became rich by starting a risky business during the worse recession, which became successful then. I think that nothing is impossible, as long as one has the determination and perseverance to do something, it can be completed. I wonder what made both of them want to start the business in the first place.

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Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore

Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore | Possibilities & Conflict and Prejudice Assignment_By Tricia Chan Yan Ru | Scoop.it
This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.

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War, the demise of thousands and the rise of a new independent country. In my opinion, violence was never an option to solve an issue. This short summary of the book “Paradise Poisoned” had shown us how the conflicts led to war and the numerous amounts of people discriminated and innocently killed. It is seen where ethnic violence erupted as a result of the perceived unfair treatment. The policy that the Sri Lankan Government created was somewhat unrealistic and difficult for its people who are Tamil to achieve. I think it is unnecessary for the government to do so as it would just create more pressure and competition between the Sinhalese and Tamil. If they were to be fair, I believe war would not break out and the people could live in peace together and things might be different, maybe better? Why does death always have to happen before people can learn from their mistakes and patch things up? I wonder if there is really a need for such a bloodbath and inhumanity.  

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Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:45 AM

After reading this article, i learnt that there is a conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese, which took place in Sri Lanka and lasted for over more than 100 years. As the Sinhalese have many benefits like, more job offers and further education opportunities, which the Tamils are unhappy about, thus conflicts between the two ethnic groups started.

I feel that the two ethnic groups shouldn't use violence to solve their problems. Its not worth it to get people injured or killed just to have that problem evened out. Both should talk to each other what their are unhappy about and give in to each other.

I wonder why they want to pursue the matter for such a long time.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:59 AM

After reading this article, I believe that in order for a country to achieve progress, social, economical and political stability, it has to first achieve muti-ethnic harmony. this is true as different races in a country need to work in cohesion in order to benefit both the country and themselves. This can be seen as Singapore has gone through much progress since the racial riots end. However if racial instability has struck a multi-ethnic country, this will create a lot of problems for the country like major riots and civil wars. this will cause the country to fall in economical and political terms. This can be seen in Sri Lanka as it went through civil war which killed more than 100000 people. This war greatly affect Sri Lanka's economy and causes a major political instability in the country. Due to this, I believe that a country multi-ethnic country must achieve racial harmony in order to benefit everyone.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:23 AM

Peace and harmony , don't everyone want to stay that way forever? Thats why i seriously wonder , why would people want to start wars , destroying their paradise. In every country's road to success , there must be lots and lots of ups and downs , between its neighboring countries and even between their own people. We're all living in the 21st century , why would we still think in that manner that violence will solve everything? It never will , it will just make the matter worse and cause it to affect a larger amount of people and to last for an even longer period of time. The matter may start of small but because of the use of violence , the matter will start to enlarge and then it would not only be in-between the people who started the matter but the whole country. It will then be reflected badly on the race of the people and also the country. Bit by bit everything will start to fall. Therefore , to me i wonder , why would people want to make things that are simple into things that are so complicated that will cause major damages?

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Persisting Divides in Global Competitiveness as Switzerland, Singapore and Finland Top Competitiveness Rankings in 2012

Persisting Divides in Global Competitiveness as Switzerland, Singapore and Finland Top Competitiveness Rankings in 2012 | Possibilities & Conflict and Prejudice Assignment_By Tricia Chan Yan Ru | Scoop.it

Geneva, Switzerland, 5 September 2012 – Switzerland, for the fourth consecutive year, tops the overall rankings inThe Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, released today by the World Economic Forum. Singapore remains in second position and Finland in third position, overtaking Sweden (4th). These and other Northern and Western European countries dominate the top 10 with the Netherlands (5th), Germany (6th) and United Kingdom (8th). The United States (7th), Hong Kong (9th) and Japan (10th) complete the ranking of the top 10 most competitive economies.

 

The large emerging market economies (BRICS) display different performances. Despite a slight decline in the rankings of three places, the People’s Republic of China (29th) continues to lead the group. Of the others, only Brazil (48th) moves up this year, with South Africa (52nd), India (59th) and Russia (67th) experiencing small declines in rankings.


Via W. Robert de Jongh
Tricia Chan's insight:

In this article, it can clearly be depicted that Singapore has definitely made a mark in the World’s Competiveness level. As each generation passes, the next generation is brought up with a higher level of education and civic mindfulness with the development of our examination syllabus that has been changing. Hence, competiveness is something most all Singaporeans possess, raising the competitive bar to a higher mark. I think it is great that such a small country with many limitations is able to be renowned in a short period of almost 50 years. Countries like China and India took more than a decade to become what they are today, and hence we should be proud. Singaporeans are striving to the best to show the world what they are and with the increase of immigrants; I believe we will be able to do so better. However, I wonder why Singapore wants to use competition instead of other factors to prove ourselves to the world.

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Koo Xin Yi's comment, July 2, 2013 11:32 AM
After reading the article, I can see that Singapore is progressing well in terms of global competitiveness. With new technology and better education, I believe that Singapore can achieve higher standard. I think that the reason for Singapore to have such a high competitiveness is that Singaporeans tend to compete with one another a lot, be it among Singaporeans or with foreign talents. Singaporeans naturally built up the competitiveness in us since young. When studying, students compete for the level rankings. When working, colleagues tries to surpass one another. Hence, I think that most Singaporeans possesses competitiveness such that Singapore's competitiveness is greater than other fast-developing countries like China and Japan. I wonder how Singapore can be known for other merits other than having great competitiveness.