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  • Ottawa Business 2017: Ottawa tech firms looking to win big at Las Vegas trade show

    Ottawa technology companies are among the thousands from around the globe making the pilgrimage to Las Vegas this week to drum up deals, build relationships and scope out the competition at the world's biggest tech trade show.

    Spread over exhibition space equalling a jaw-dropping 30 football fields (Canadian ones at that), CES — formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show — expects to welcome more than 170,000 visitors and nearly 4,000 exhibitors as it marks its 50th anniversary.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...egas-1.3921237

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    Carling Avenue businesses eagerly await invasion of military workers

    Business owners near the new Department of National Defence headquarters in Ottawa's west end are looking forward to a surge in business with the pending arrival of a big employer.
    Nortel left the sprawling Carling campus in 2009.
    The federal government bought the 150-hectare site in 2010 and 8,500 workers are expected to be relocated there beginning this week.
    The department is calling the migration of military staffers "one of the largest office moves ever completed in Canada."
    For small, mom-and-pop businesses in the shadow of the long-vacant site, the new customers are eagerly awaited.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...pact-1.3928130

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      Makin' eggs: Gatineau chicken farmers offer scoop on running backyard coop

      Chicken farmer Erik Young has some advice for people in Gatineau thinking about building their own backyard coops: don't expect your little red hen to do all of the work.

      "If you are just going to build the coop and leave them in the backyard ... chickens, they will need looking after all of the time, so if you can't look after your chickens, don't get some," said Young.

      Young and his wife Julie Leblanc run a chicken farm in an area of Gatineau zoned for agriculture, but soon they and other farmers may be supplying hens to a whole new breed of egg enthusiast.




      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...tips-1.3964442

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        Ontario Liberals eye 'global adjustment' to cut hydro bills

        Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet are considering two key changes that could see hydro bills drop in the range of eight per cent or more, multiple sources tell CBC News.

        With the high cost of electricity the top concern for voters in Ontario, and Wynne's popularity at an all-time low, the Liberals have signalled that tackling hydro bills is their number one priority heading into the spring budget.



        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...ynne-1.3975946

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          ByWard, Parkdale markets could be in black by 2020 under new management: report

          Ottawa city staff have made the case for handing over management of the ByWard and Parkdale markets to a new not-for-profit corporation on Jan. 1, 2018. In a report to be tabled at next week's finance and economic development committee, city staff recommend passing off day-to-day operations of both markets to a newly formed municipal services corporation.

          The report says revenues at the two markets have been declining and both have struggled to attract new vendors, with the ByWard Market increasingly being taken over by restaurants and bars.

          "In recent years, the two markets have simultaneously experienced the challenges of attracting local producers, losing retiring vendors, and competing with the City's flourishing farmers market movement," the report notes.


          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...edco-1.4045081

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            Ottawa tech industry hopes to benefit from Trump executive order

            On the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump's promise to "hire American", Ottawa's economic development arm hopes to convince more tech companies headquartered in the U.S. to establish design centres and branch operations in the capital. Trump announced on Tuesday his plans to change the way high-skill work visas, known as H1-Bs, are given out.

            The administration wants to rework the system to ensure that they are only "given to the most skilled and highest paid applicant, and they should never, ever be used to replace American workers," Trump said at an event in Wisconsin.



            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...rder-1.4075636

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              Bank Street businesses urge Ottawa police to bring back foot patrols

              Businesses along Bank Street are calling on Ottawa police to bring back foot patrols to help curb panhandling, loitering and other unwanted activity near their shops.

              After catching people defecating and even engaged in sexual activity behind her store, Planet Botanix owner Heather Garrod has had enough.

              "It's very hard to be a compassionate person and a business person at the same time. Sometimes the two don't overlap very well. So I was always reluctant to call law enforcement, but at one point I really had to, because there were things happening in the back that were totally unacceptable," said Garrod.



              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...cing-1.4093539

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