IBM is putting Watson of ‘Jeopardy!’ fame to work for businesses, the CHBA shares some tips for home owners when hiring contractors or renovators, a new study out of Quebec exposes the real risks of shovelling after heavy snow, Toronto’s constrained housing supply is due to many factors, and construction activity in Northern Ontario is helping First Nations employment . Here are stories you need to know for the third week of February:

  1. Cyber criminals have a new adversary with IBM announcing that Watson’s computing power will be used to combat cyber crime and analyze cyber threats. Via Financial Post
  2. The Canadian Home Builders Association is reminding home owners to do their due diligence and avoid contract-free cash deals when hiring renovators. Via The Chronicle Herald link expired
  3. A new study from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center has calculated the risks of dying from a heart attack after a heavy snowfall. Via Montreal Gazette
  4. With the worries surrounding Toronto’s housing market, there are a number of factors Toronto’s Chief Planner has identified that contribute to constrained supply. Via Business News Network
  5. A First Nations training program in Thunder Bay is having success recruiting local youth to the skilled trades job market in Northern Ontario. Via Northern Ontario Business

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