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Create Law-Free Zones for testing business ideas

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 10/19/2016 1476910948
Starting a business is a headache and starting something that hasn't been done before is extremely difficult with current laws, by-laws, zoning requir .... Read more

Starting a business is a headache and starting something that hasn't been done before is extremely difficult with current laws, by-laws, zoning requirements, permits, inspections etc.

So here is my idea: Create Law-Free zones available for all Canadian citizens. I do not mean a place were drug lords and violent criminals are free to run wild. I mean a physical place where innovators and potential entrepreneurs can go and put up structures, test products, and test new food production methods without all the red tape and current laws. A place where someone can go with their new idea and borrow some space for some time and test it out assuming all risk. If it doesn't work they don't loose but if it does work they can pursue it without the expense of trying to get through the red tape because that is what stops most people.

Think of this ideas like university study rooms. You can book a block of time and study at no cost. When you are done the space is available for someone else. Canada has a lot of unused land that can easily support this sort of thing.

If someone creates a new method of transportation they cannot test it on our roads because of the legal issues. If they want to build it and test it there are many laws against it. But if they had a place to test and create without laws they can create something new and then conform or get advice on new laws.

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Optimized Hydroponic Farming using Energy from Waste

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 09/16/2016 1474027364
Using existing technologies in a manner which has not been done before, Canada could start cost-effectively growing food that is currently imported. .... Read more

Using existing technologies in a manner which has not been done before, Canada could start cost-effectively growing food that is currently imported.  This would make Canada more self-sufficient, reduce our greenhouse gas footprint, create local jobs and create a profitable local business.  Elements of the model could also be used in other countries to make food production less expensive and more efficient globally.

Food produced would be free of herbicides and pesticides.

What is needed is the support to put together a production scale pilot operation.  Capital costs would be recovered in a couple of years.  The challenge is getting funding for the pilot.

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Agricultural Institute of Canada

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 09/06/2016 1473190019
Tags: agribusiness 
In the agriculture sector, Canada faces critical succession planning due to the looming retirement of senior scientists not only in government researc .... Read more

In the agriculture sector, Canada faces critical succession planning due to the looming retirement of senior scientists not only in government research facilities, but also in post-secondary institutions.

A labour market study geared specifically by sector, both public and private, should be conducted to identify the extent of human resource challenges over the next fifteen years and determine the development of a targeted action plan to attract and retain researchers.

Moreover, the establishment of commercialization goals and objectives such as mechanisms to enable increased exploitation of intellectual property may play an important role in attracting, retaining and motivating skilled scientists interested in the entrepreneurial aspects of research in Canada. Intellectual property also offers a revenue stream to reinvest into future research and may contribute to bring greater return on investment.

Credit: Agricultural Institute of Canada

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Make sure we have a presence when the global leaders get together!

Question:How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
on 08/08/2016 1470691587
At the end of August in San Francisco, the Inaugural  Global Grand Challenge Awards will be given. https://exponential.singularityu.org/summit/ggc/ .... Read more

At the end of August in San Francisco, the Inaugural  Global Grand Challenge Awards will be given. https://exponential.singularityu.org/summit/ggc/

This will be three days of world innovation leaders gathered for the Singularity University Global Summit. If we want to attract talent, we have to make sure they can see us! Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society is a finalist in the environmental category, and will be presenting their "Technology Meets Permaculture" program. I hope there will be some other official Canadian representation there! 

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