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New Our High River app facilitates outstanding success for the Mystery on Mainstreet event

Our High River (OHR) is a community group in the Town of High River, aiming to foster community engagement by providing spaces for citizens to work on projects, supplying resources and tools to help move ideas to action, and encouraging new innovations. Latest Innovations On October 24th, OHR announced the launch of their new mobile app (available on Android and …

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Government of Canada gives Calgary-based Innovators a Boost by Buying and Testing their Cutting-edge Products

October 28, 2016 — Calgary, Alberta The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy and the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), the Government of Canada is investing in Canadian innovations to create inclusive and sustainable economic growth for communities across Canada. The Honourable Judy M. …

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New Our High River mobile app will reveal clues during Mystery on Mainstreet event

Our High River announces the launch of an innovative community engagement app… and a mysterious team scavenger hunt for High River residents to try it out. High River, AB: The local Our High River (OHR) community group is proud to announce the launch of a new mobile app to promote economic prosperity, encourage town involvement, and enhance community capacity in …

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WCDM 2015 Presentation: The Herd of Cats

Last week RallyEngine co-founder Steve Hardy presented The Herd of Cats to a great audience at the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto. He’s writing a book about the fascinating, surprisingly-overlapping worlds of entrepreneurs, improvisers, and disaster managers. Here is the session’s synopsis: The Herd of Cats: Startups, Improv, and Disasters The strange, fringe worlds of tech startups and …

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Mobile and the Space Between Public and Private Alerts

Last week RallyEngine was pleased to attend the first annual National Public Alerting Summit in Edmonton. Organized by CATAAlliance, nearly 100 Canadian and International thought leaders converged to discuss the latest developments in emergency alerting. Collaboration and the sharing of best practices are of course vital to achieving success in such a critical and often complex field.

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Toronto becomes the second Canadian police agency to embrace CodeSearch

This past Monday marked yet another big milestone for the burgeoning Search Program: The Missing Children Society of Canada and Toronto Police Service Partner on ‘Milk Carton 2.0™’ Initiative. The announcement was hosted at TPS headquarters side-by-side with TPS Board Chair Alok Mukherjee, TPS Chief Bill Blair, MCSC Executive Director Amanda Pick, and senior representatives from WestJet, BlackBerry, and Strut Creative. Our Managing …

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The Single Most Important Thing We Can Learn from the Ottawa Lockdown

Last Wednesday’s events in Ottawa – the deadly shooting of a soldier at the War Memorial, the violent showdown with the shooter inside Centre Block of Canada’s Parliament, and the all-day manhunt around the hotel, shopping centre, and area surrounding Parliament Hill – put a spotlight on everything from national security, international politics, and mental health to public safety protocols, …

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The Value of Social Capital and Emergent Groups

Last week we had the pleasure to attend the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. Great event! The diversity of delegates’ disciplines, the international perspectives, and the quality of sessions were all excellent. Although the Disaster Management field can at times be a fairly diverse mix of Risk Management, Business Continuity, Crisis Communications, Emergency …

Business continuity lessons from the Moncton and Boston manhunts

Last week in Moncton, New Brunswick, a 24-year-old gunman went on a rampage shooting five RCMP officers, killing three of them and severely injuring the other two. The incident began at 7:20pm and the ensuing manhunt carried on for 28 hours until he was captured. As chronicled on Wikipedia: “Up to 300 police personnel were involved in the search. Pedestrians and …

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After One of the Worst Winters Ever, the Spring Melt Prompts Better Emergency Communications Planning for Potential Flooding

Like most Canadians, you probably think this long and bitter cold winter has been the most extreme weather you’ve seen in years. And you’d be right. It’s no exaggeration because it literally has been the worst winter in decades. Record-breaking temperature drops, blizzards and ice storms have immobilized urban centres all season. Winnipeg recorded its second coldest winter on record …