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    Canadian General Standards Board

    The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) was established in 1934 under the National Research Council Act as the Government Purchasing Standards Committee and its present name was adopted in 1980.

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    Communication Studies

    Research may focus on a variety of topics. Mass media are studied for the content of their programs, the way those programs are produced and the impact of various influences on programming. Media economic structure and the media's role in political life are also topics of research.

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    Communications influence all societies, but Canada in particular takes its shape and meaning from communications systems.

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    Communications in Québec

    What is distinctive about communications in Québec is the existence of 2 often competing media serving different cultures and, above all, the ways in which francophone media have expressed or reinforced the character of French Canada.

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    Communications in the North

    Communications have played a special role in the North. Terrain, climate and distance made it difficult for northerners to communicate with each other or with southern Canada before the advent of electronic media. In traditional times, Inuit messages were passed through personal contact.

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    Computer Communications

    Like most modern communication technologies, the computer had its origins in the military.

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    Department of Communications

    The Department of Communications was established by the Department of Communications Act in 1969.

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    Early-Warning Radar

    Air-defence radar stations were first established in Canada along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in 1942, but were dismantled following the defeat of Germany and Japan in 1945.

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    Farm Radio Forum

    Farm Radio Forum, 1941-65, was a national rural listening-discussion group project sponsored by the Canadian Association for Adult Education, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and CBC.

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    Five Digital Technologies and their Challenges

    In the span of several decades, digital technologies have changed how Canadians work, communicate, consume products and access information. Although technologies like self-driving cars and the Internet of Things may seem advanced, many such tools are still in their early stages. With the growth of the digital economy, digital technologies will continue to present opportunities and challenges. Here’s a look at five of these technologies and some of the risks that come with them.

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    Internet in Canada

    The Internet is a global network of computers that communicate with each other. This exchange happens through a set of rules called protocols. Since Internet use became widespread in the 1990s, the system has affected most aspects of life. It has had both productive and destructive effects. The Internet has changed the way Canadians learn and work, buy products and services, communicate and consume entertainment. Most people think of the Internet as the World Wide Web. However, it takes a number of different forms, including networked physical objects called the Internet of Things. Click here for definitions of key terms used in this article.

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    Library and Information Science

    Library and Information Science, which encompasses all aspects of information management and library operations, is an organized graduate course of studies taught at the university level and producing practitioners with a recognized professional qualification.

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    Linguistic Anthropology

    In Canada linguistics exists as a fully autonomous discipline, represented by about 12 independent programs, as well as by linguistic research within departments of English, various other language areas, education, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology.

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    Linguistics is the study of language. Language accompanies almost all human activities, and is the medium for many of them.

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    Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

    Philosophy: Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science Logic, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science cover a wide range of topics and issues including, epistemology, metaphysics, scientific method, science and values, and even the history of science, since there are inevitably many philosophical and conceptual issues present in the development of new ideas. The particular sciences included in this are everything from mathematics, to the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) to the social sciences (anthropology, economics, and...

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