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Startup Showcase: Urban Orca Connects People Around Activities #startupfest


urban orca

We’re here at the International Startup Festival in Montreal and we’re going to be posting about some of the startups and cool companies. The first on our list is Urban Orca based in Toronto, Canada. The idea behind Urban Orca is pretty simple: “UrbanOrca helps you meet people with shared interests and do more of the things you love. Finally, the virtual world supports the real world.”
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Unlocking your BlackBerry in the Chinese underground


Chinese underground

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know that I’m in Montreal to get some BlackBerrys unlocked. The city is only 2 hours away from BBCool headquarters in Ottawa, so I took the bus to meet some unlocking companies I found online. The first company I went to was run by a guy called Chin and what seemed to be his cousins. The place was located on the 3rd floor of a nondescript building near some strip clubs.

[Side Note: Strip clubs in Montreal offer a great lunch buffet. The meal is all you can eat for $6 and entertainment is on a purely tip basis. Very affordable. At least that’s what I’ve heard.]
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Bell cuts 250 clerical jobs in Canada



If you’re looking for good wireless industry news, I’m sorry to report that it’s looking somewhat grim today. Adding to a long list of companies that have been going through massive layoffs, Bell has slashed 250 clerical jobs in Hamilton, Ont., Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada are outraged over the layoffs and believe they are tied to outsourcing.



Canadian traffic monitoring from your BlackBerry


GlobisWe just got word about Globis Data, who are opening the doors to a beta for their WAP-based traffic information service, DRIVES. Right now only Montreal and Toronto are covered, but keep an eye out for Ottawa and Calgary soon. It might not be much to look at, but this information is updated once every couple of minutes, which is pretty impressive. It uses cell signals to determine the speed of cars along particular streets, so you can see what’s moving slowly and what’s cruising. Since it’s all browser-based, it’s easy enough to keep your area of town bookmarked for easy access. So any drivers in Montreal or Toronto, give it a shot by accessing www.globisdata.ca/d2m5/bb_eng/welcome.html from your mobile browser and let us know how it fares.