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Vaughan Headquartered Kontrol Receives Approval for Government Grant to Accelerate the Development of New COVID-19 Testing Technology

Covid-19 air quality testAugust 5, 2020 / Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE:KNR)(OTCQB:KNRLF)(FSE:1K8) (“Kontrol” or “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received approval for an initial government grant of $50,000 from the National Research Council of Canada to accelerate its new Covid-19 testing technology, the Kontrol BioCloud® analyzer (“BioCloud analyzer” or “BioCloud”).

Can we measure for COVID-19 like we do for air quality?

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Markham Headquartered Everlink and Interac Corp. Announce Multi-Year Extension to Tokenization Service Provider Agreement

Everlink Payment TechnologyMARKHAM, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Everlink Payment Services Inc. is very pleased to announce a multi-year extension of its Mobile Tokenization Service Provider agreement (TSP) with Interac Corp. Since 2015, Everlink has extended and expanded its strategic partnership with Interac while continuing to play a critical role as a member of the Interac® TSP consortium. The platform enables Canadian debit cardholders to make secure Interac Debit payments with their mobile device or mobile wallet through a process referred to as tokenization.

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Newmarket Headquartered Pulp Moulded Products Receives $300,000 from Government of Canada to Create New Prototype Face Mask Using Canadian Wood Pulp to Support Canada’s COVID-19 Response

pulp mould face masksOTTAWA, ON, July 31, 2020 /CNW/ – As we begin to reopen the economy and plan our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Canada is committed to building a clean energy future and supporting the natural resource sectors. Canada’s forest sector, a source of great economic benefit for our country, continues to implement innovative practices and technologies to keep the sector growing, while contributing to Canada’s response to the pandemic.

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Two High-Rise Residential Towers Coming to SmartCentres Thornhill in Vaughan

concept rendering SmartCentresSmartCentres Thornhill, a 20-acre commercial shopping centre at the northwest corner of Centre Street and Bathurst Street, will be redeveloped by SmartLiving on behalf of owners Metrontario and the Penguin Group of Companies. SmartLiving, the residential brand of SmartCentres REIT, is working with the City of Vaughan to establish a long-term vision for the lands at at 700 Centre Street in Thornhill.

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Vaughan Headquartered Kontrol Energy Completes Acquisition of New Found Air

digital thermostatAugust 4, 2020 / ACCESSWIRE / Kontrol Energy Corp. (CSE:KNR)(OTCQB:KNRLF)(FSE:1K8) (“Kontrol” or “Company”) announces that it has completed the acquisition of New Found Air (“NFA”), previously announced on May 19, 2020. NFA leads a building energy and service platform that ensures the effective monitoring, operation and service of essential heating, cooling, ventilation, and utility systems. The operations of NFA are diversified across the commercial, industrial, and multi-residential building sector.

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Vaughan Headquartered Drone Delivery Canada Announces Commercial Agreement With Georgina Island First Nation For COVID-19 Project

Sparrow droneJuly 30, 2020 /CNW/ – Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (TSXV: FLT) (OTC: TAKOF) (Frankfurt: A2AMGZ or ABB.F) (the “Company” or “DDC“) is pleased to announce that with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada (TSX: AC) and also the Pontiac Group, it has entered into a commercial agreement dated July 30, 2020 (the “Agreement“) with the Georgina Island First Nation (“GIFN“) to deploy DDC’s patented drone delivery solution to provide service to the GIFN community in Ontario.

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Markham Headquartered IBM Launches Free, Open Digital Learning Platform ‘SkillsBuild Reignite’ to Help Canadian Job Seekers and Business Owners get Back to Work

IBM SkillBuildJuly 27, 2020 /CNW/ – Today, IBM, (NYSE: IBM) and non-profit organization ACCES Employment launch a collaboration using the SkillsBuild platform, making custom courses, projects, and personalized coaching available to over 35,000 Canadians looking to re-skill and get new jobs.

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York Region Enters Stage 3 of Re-opening

Stage 3 graphicThe Provincial government has given York Region approval to enter Stage 3 of re-opening but what exactly does that mean?

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Markham Headquartered IBM Canada and Celero sign 7-year, multi-million dollar agreement for Hybrid Cloud and data centre modernization

IBM Celero agreementJuly 21, 2020 /CNW/ – IBM and Celero, a leading solutions integrator for Canadian credit unions, have signed a 7-year, multi-million dollar strategic outsourcing agreement that will modernize and transform Celero’s data centre and data centre network environments, moving their infrastructure services onto a hybrid cloud environment.

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Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 3 including York Region

Stage 3 graphicThe Ontario government is allowing seven more regions to enter Stage 3 on Friday, increasing the number of businesses and public spaces that will reopen across the province. This includes York Region.

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Richmond Hill Headquartered Laipac Develops Rapid COVID-19 Test to Get Results in Less Than Five Minutes

LooKSPOT_Super_PortraitAs the federal and provincial governments race to ramp up testing for COVID-19, a Richmond Hill company is breaking ground on a rapid, cheap and easy-to-use device to detect infection.

LooK SPOT, a portable rapid point-of-care antigen test device, is the brainchild of Laipac Technology Inc., a leading GPS electrical engineering company based in Richmond Hill.

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Vaughan Headquartered Mike and Mike’s Organics Acquired by U.S. Based HKW via its Portfolio Company Fresh Direct Produce

Mike & mike's logoINDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HKW, a middle-market private equity firm, today announced its portfolio company, Fresh Direct Produce, Ltd. (“Fresh Direct Produce”), has acquired Mike and Mike’s Inc. (“Mike and Mike’s” or the “Company”). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Richmond Hill Headquartered Facedrive’s TraceSCAN Announces Contact Tracing Wearable Technology Ready for Market

Facedrive wearable tech(BUSINESS WIRE)–Facedrive Inc. (“Facedrive”) (TSXV: FD), Canada’s “people-and-planet first” business and leading tech developer on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, is pleased to announce Facedrive Health’s newly launched COVID-19 contact tracing solution, TraceSCAN Bluetooth wearable technology is available for market next week.

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Ontario Supporting Restaurants as Province Safely Reopens

Ontario supporting restaurants signThe Ontario government is helping restaurant and bar owners reopen and safely serve more customers by issuing a new emergency order and amending another under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which will allow municipalities to quickly pass temporary bylaws for the creation and extension of patios and allow covered outdoor dining areas to serve customers.

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