INFINITI LAB Toronto Startup SmartTones Fast-Tracked to Global Accelerator in Hong Kong

[Source: Global Newswire] TORONTO, July 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, INFINITI LAB Toronto, a Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator driven by premium car brand INFINITI Motor Company, announced that SmartTones, a platform that can accurately measure broadcast audiences in real-time, will be fast-tracked to a new 12-week program held at its global headquarters in Hong Kong this September. Brisk Synergies, an automated video analytics solution that helps transportation authorities to identify traffic patterns and avoid road safety problems, has also been invited to pitch for entry to the global program.

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Mill Street Brewery core lineup of brands certified organic

[Source: Cision] TORONTO, July 5, 2018 /CNW/ - Mill Street Brewery announced today that its core lineup of beers will be fully certified organic. Cobblestone Stout and Tankhouse Ale will join Original Organic Lager and 100th Meridian as organic certified – one of the most difficult, complicated and time consuming certifications to achieve in brewing; one which consumers value highly.

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Canadians Blowing Annual Budgets by Summertime

[Source: Cision] TORONTO, July 4, 2018 /CNW/ -- Summertime is here and everyone wants to have some fun or take a vacation, but you don't have to break the bank. According to a recent survey from savings destination RetailMeNot.ca, almost half of Canadians (41 per cent) spend more money in the summer than other seasons, making now a perfect time to do a quick temperature check on spending habits in the first half of the year.

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Maru/Blue expands into the UK market

[Source: Maru Group] London - 2 July 2018: Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled market and customer insights group, today announces the expansion of Maru/Blue into the UK market through the appointment of Paul Williams. Based in Southampton, Paul will oversee the development of Maru/Blue’s UK operations as Managing Director.

Headquartered in Toronto, Maru/Blue is a premium quality data services firm that provides brands with access to insights from deeply-engaged respondents. The company equips its customers with insights from several market communities across Canada and the U.S. including Springboard America, Maru Voice Canada and the recently acquired Hispanic panel, Tú Cuentas. Maru/Blue’s expansion into the UK market will extend Maru/Blue’s services to a new geographic market that offers significant growth opportunities.

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'Deeply concerned': Marijuana legalization moving too fast for most Canadians, poll suggests

[Source: National Post] - Six out of 10 Canadians think the Cannabis Act 'is just a big political move to get votes and nothing else,' and want legalization delayed for up to one year.

The majority of Canadians want marijuana legalization delayed for up to one year to give federal and provincial governments more time to figure out how to deal with the societal implications, according to a new poll.

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Canadians failing to capitalize on their reward points, CIBC poll finds

[Source: Financial Post] Canadians may love to collect credit card and loyalty points, but they are failing to treat them as real financial assets and are thus missing opportunities to maximize their value, according to a new poll by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

The poll found that of the 52 per cent of Canadians who collect points, 64 per cent do not think of them as assets.

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86% of Canadians Believe They are Increasingly at Risk of Identity Fraud According to Recent Survey by Mogo

[Source: Cision] VANCOUVER, June 27, 2018 /CNW/ - In a world where data breaches and hacks are happening with increasing regularity, a recent survey conducted on behalf of Mogo Finance Technology Inc. ("Mogo") (TSX: MOGO) (NASDAQ: MOGO) revealed that 86% of Canadians believe they are increasingly at risk of identity theft and identity fraud (i.e. someone using your stolen identity such as birthdate, social insurance number, address, etc., to get a credit card or a loan in your name) – yet only 24% of respondents currently have identity fraud protection.

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Federal Conservative Party Regains Lead in Voter Intent

[Source: Campaign Research] The latest National Campaign Research Poll conducted among 1579 Canadians revealed that voting intent for the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) decreased to 34%, down 5% since the beginning of the year. Moreover, the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) experienced a 4-point increase to 36%, regaining a slight lead. The New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) is up 2% since the beginning of the year and captured 18% of voter intent. The LPC can attribute much of their support to millennials, as well as those living in the Atlantic, Quebec, and the City of Toronto. In Ontario, the CPC maintains a lead of 4% over the LPC with the NDP at 19%.

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Vast majority of Canadians disapprove of Donald Trump

[Source: Campaign Research] The latest National Campaign Research Poll conducted among 1579 Canadians revealed that 81% of Canadians “disapproved” of Donald Trump’s performance as the President of the U.S, a 5% increase from September 2017. Those who showed the highest level of disapproval were females (86%), as well as members of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) (91%) and the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) (93%). A full 2/3rd’s of Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) supporters (66%) also expressed disapproval.

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Rating the Premiers: Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe (56%) Emerges with Highest Approval, Ontario’s Doug Ford Makes an Entry (40%) and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Ball Tumbles Downward (32%)

[Source: Globe Newswire] Toronto, Canada, June 19, 2018 - Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has emerged with the highest approval rating of any Provincial Premier in the DART Insight regular quarterly survey of constituent provincial voters across Canada. Moe, who assumed the Premiership from former Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall in January 2018 has a 56% approval rating, up four percentage points since the last sounding was taken in March 2018.

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Maru Group acquires Hispanic panel Tú Cuentas

[Source: Maru Group] London, 18 June 2018 – Maru Group (“Maru” or “the Group”), the technology-enabled customer insights company, today announces Maru/Blue’s acquisition of Tú Cuentas, a Hispanic research panel targeting Spanish speaking communities in the U.S. The addition of Tú Cuentas to Maru/Blue’s range of Market Research Online Communities will significantly strengthen the company’s research capabilities with the Hispanic population.

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Today's corporate culture makes more Canadians eat alone, leading to feelings of isolation and unhappiness

[Source: Cision] BRAMPTON, ON, June 18, 2018 /CNW/ - Did you eat alone today? If so, you weren't alone. More and more Canadians reportedly eat in solitude, which according to a recent study from Oxford Economics* is more strongly associated with unhappiness than any single factor other than having a mental illness.  In an effort to break the cycle of solitude, the President's Choice® (PC®) team is challenging Canadians to get back to the table, share a meal and #eattogether.

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Industry veteran Julie Paul joins Maru/Blue as Chief Operations Officer

TORONTO, June 14, 2018 - Julie Paul, an industry veteran of over 20 years, joins data services firm Maru/Blue in the newly created role of Chief Operations Officer. “Having worked with Julie before, I am thrilled to have her join the Maru/Blue team,” said Rob Berger, Managing Director of Maru/Blue. “We brought her into this position to helm the growth and development of the critically important operations side of our rapidly expanding data services business,” he said.  

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Exit poll suggests Wynne's early concession speech may have saved Liberal seats

[Source: National Post] TORONTO — An exit poll of 5,703 Ontario voters suggests Premier Kathleen Wynne’s surprising move to concede the election five days early may have indeed paid off, saving a handful of seats for her party.

The Liberals were still nearly wiped out in Thursday’s election, reduced from 55 seats to just seven. The PCs won a strong majority with 76 seats, while the NDP won 40 and the Green Party picked up one.

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Maru/Blue announces the launch of its exclusive Qualitative Community

Toronto, 11 June 2018: Maru/Blue, a premium quality data services firm, today announces the launch of its exclusive new Qualitative Community. Members of this community have been invited to join after they have been determined to be very articulate, engaged, and actively interested in participating in qualitative research exercises.

Because members have been pre-screened, they are immediately accessible for in-depth discussions. The community enables companies to seamlessly incorporate the voice of the customer in ongoing conversations and explorations.

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Seasoned Research Professional Mellissa Hill Joins Maru/Blue

Maru/Blue is pleased to announce that seasoned research professional Mellissa Hill has joined the team as Director, Strategy & Development. “We’re excited to have Mellissa become part of our growing team, said Maru/Blue Managing Director, Rob Berger. “Her enthusiasm is contagious. And her professionalism is legendary.”

Mellissa comes to Maru/Blue with more than 10 years experience working at an A-list of technology-driven market research agencies.

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New Poll: Canadians say plastics in oceans a problem and more action needed.

[Source Data: Abacus Data] In our latest national survey, we asked Canadians about a plastic garbage and oceans and waterways.  Our findings are these:

One in three (36%) say it is one of the most important environmental issues today, and another 52% say it is one of many that concern them.

More than 3 million people (14% of Canadian adults) say there is no question that they personally contribute to the problem of plastic garbage in the oceans and another 6 million (25%) feel they probably do.

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Diplomatic, tolerant & ethical. How Canadians think the rest of the world sees our country.

[Source: Abacus Data] In our latest national survey, we asked Canadians questions about a range of international issues and perceptions.

Canadians think the rest of the world sees our country is seen as tolerant (93%) diplomatic (93%) and ethical (88%). The large majority think our country is seen as an example to replicate (79%), rather than to avoid.

We’re less sure whether we are seen as strong (56%), influential (55) or a leader (45%).

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Canadian homeowners trim spending on home renovations in 2018: CIBC Poll

[Source: Cision] Spending drops as much as 25 per cent in some provinces as more homeowners focus on wear and tear

TORONTO, May 31, 2018 /CNW/ - CIBC poll (CM:TSX) (CM:NYSE) – While nearly half (45 per cent) of Canadians plan to renovate their home this year, spending is down 7 per cent to about $11,000 -- its lowest in five years—as more homeowners focus on home maintenance and repairs, finds the annual CIBC Home Renovations Poll.

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More Than 90% of Canadian Drivers Don't Know the Truth About Worn Tires

[Source: Cision] Michelin survey reveals significant misconceptions when it comes to tire performance over time

LAVAL, QC, May 29, 2018 /CNW/ - A recent survey by Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. revealed that 90% of Canadian drivers believe new tires will always perform better than worn tires. Yet, how a new tire performs doesn't necessarily indicate how it will perform over time, after it's worn. In fact, some worn tires provide wet-braking performance as good or better than certain other new tires, which is why Michelin supports testing of worn tires and making the results available to consumers.

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