Explore Your Options - New Job Portal for Northeastern Ontario

Explore Your Options – New Job Portal for Ontario’s Far North East

Explore Your Options, a new job portal designed to connect employers with job seekers in Northeastern Ontario, will be officially launched on Feb. 22, 2017.

It’s an initiative of the Far North East Training Board, in conjunction with the Local Employment Planning Council and the Timmins Economic Development Corp. (TEDC).

Explore Your Options - Job Portal HomepageThe new website is bilingual and mobile-friendly, so jobs seekers and employers can also check in using their phones and tablets.

“The TEDC developed JobsinTimmins.ca a few years back, and other communities that saw how successful it was were interested in becoming a part of it,” said Julie Joncas, the training board’s executive director, in a release.

“Working together, we’ve expanded the site to seven other community centres. Now that they’re up and running, the FNETB will take over the maintenance and upgrades needed in the future.”

From the regional site, visitors can visit local portals for specific communities, including: Timmins, Cochrane, Kirkland Lake, Temiskaming Shores, Kapuskasing, Hearst, Chapleau, and James Bay Coast.

“One of our city’s Strategic Plan priorities is to offer assistance to other communities in the northeast, because a stronger region means stronger local economies,” said Fred Gibbons, chair of the TEDC, in the release.

“The JobsinTimmins site was getting over a million page views every year, and we anticipate a significant increase with the expansion of the site.”

Use of the site is free to registered employers and job seekers.
Visit the site in English: www.exploreyouroptionsfne.com
Visit the site in French: www.exploretesoptionsne.com


Original Source: Northern Ontario Business

How to Get Your Community Geofilter Approved on Snapchat

Tips to get a Community Geofilter Approved on Snapchat

With the number of snapchatters on the rise and nearly 9,000 snaps every second, one of our designers decided to jump on board and create a Community Geofilter for the City of North Bay.

The Creative Spark

This all started while exploring Snapchat and the endless fun of dog faces, cowboy filters and swapping faces with anyone nearby. The geofilters, which are like personalized digital postcards, were made available to the public in 2014, and with Snapchat’s rising popularity, the marketing potential is increasing as well.

In many less populated areas (especially in Northern Ontairo), there is a lack of variety in geofilters, and most are fairly generic or lacking the community’s historical relevance. This is a great opportunity to get creative and think up something that would best reflect your community, town, or city.

Tips on How to Get Your Geofilter Approved

Creating the Geofilter to the design specs is easy enough, but the approval process for Community Geofilters proved to be a bit more challenging.

Since Community Geofilters are pretty much permanent once approved, Snapchat’s approval process is a bit more strict.

1. Meet the Geofilter Design Specs

Snapchat has fairly simple guidelines for its Geofilters, and also provide templates for both Photoshop and Illustrator.

Snapchat Geofilter Tips and Guidelines

2. Original, Relevant Content

Try thinking of landmarks that are unique to your city, local parks or or other public places where people would send snaps from.

No matter what your concept is, make sure that the art you use for your geofilter is 100 percent original.

3. Be Persistent – DON’T GIVE UP!

The design we submitted was rejected several times without a clear explanation. We emailed Snapchat (geofilters-support@snapchat.com) to find out why, and they responded fairly quickly.

The filter was denied due to the “unoriginal graphics” of the leaf and beaver. We explained that it was created based on our historical landmark, Gateway of the North, and after a couple emails it was approved!

So, if the first time you submit, your filter gets rejected, don’t give up. It may just be that your map location was too large or too small, or that they thought you’re submission was “unoriginal”, which can be one of the most discouraging words we hear as designers. But if you resubmit (or go directly to Snapchat to find out why), you’ll have your filter approved in no time.

North Bay Snapchat Communtiy Geofilter

Other Tips for Geofilters

Get Approved Faster

If you’re only a couple weeks out  from a wedding or other high-profile event, you may want to opt for Snapchat’s on-demand geofilters option.

On-demand geofilters are much quicker to get reviewed (within one business day), making it easier if time is not on your side.

North Bay Hydro Launches New Power Outages Map

North-Bay-Hydro-Power-Outages-MapNorth Bay Hydro – Power Outages Map

We are proud to announce the launch of the new North Bay Hydro Power Outages Map on the North Bay Hydro website. We developed this web application to allow North Bay Hydro to quickly and easily inform the public about where power outages are occurring with details about the outage, public safety concerns and Hydro crew status.

Utilizing Google Maps Javascript API v3 we created a beautiful user interface to easily view power outages and their details along with a “find my location” tool. Seeing that you most likely wouldn’t be using your computer during a power outage the Power Outage Map is optimized for all your mobile devices including smart phones and tablets. This is also true for the administration interface, making it easy for Hydro staff to update details and add new power outages on the fly. This new tool will help North Bay Hydro accurately keep the public up-to-date – in real time – with important information, which we believe is crucial in this day and age.

Check out our DEMO: Admin loginView Outages

Twitter Widget not working on mobile devices

Fix for wordpress twitter widget not loading on mobile devices

twitter-widget-mobile(iPhones, Android, Blackberry… etc.)

On mobile devices, we noticed our twitter widgets weren’t loading. This problem is caused because twitter.com automatically forwards mobile devices to mobile.twitter.com

Since the “twitter-widget.php” file links to the source file “http://twitter.com/javascripts/blogger.js”, on mobile devices it will link to a file that does not exist, resulting in the following error:

“Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 404 (Not Found) | mobile.twitter.com/javascripts/blogger.js”

The solution for this is to host your own blogger.js file:

1. Download/Save blogger.js and upload to your website under:

2. Change one line of twitter-widget.php:
/wp-content/themes/XXXXX/include/plugin/custom-widget/twitter-widget.php (This plugin came packaged in the theme)

Find this line

[sourcecode language=”php”]
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://twitter.com/javascripts/blogger.js”></script>

Change it to this

[sourcecode language=”php”]
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://YOUR_WEBSITE.com/wp-content/themes/YOUR_THEME/javascript/blogger.js”></script>