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Connecting you to News Affecting CIPS and the IT Profession I September 21st, 2018

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DIRECTOR, BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND DATA QUALITY , BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Victoria, British Columbia

SENIOR SCRUM MASTER , BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure , Victoria, British Columbia

VICE PRESIDENT – INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY ,  Confidential, Vancouver, British Columbia

SERVICE MANAGER , BC Ministry of Attorney General , Victoria , British Columbia

SERVER AND STORAGE ANALYST , Durham District School Board (DDSB), Durham, Ontario

MANAGER, ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS , Humber College, Toronto, Ontario

SENIOR MANAGER, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ,  Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows School District, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

APPLICATION DEVELOPER , Durham District School Board, Whitby, Ontario

IT SPECIALIST, CLOUD ARCHITECT , Enbridge, Calgary, AB, Edmonton, AB, Chatham, ON, North York, ON or Houston, TX

MANAGER, DIGITAL STRATEGIES , Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia

DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY SERVICES , Humber College, Toronto, Ontario

DEAN, SCHOOL OF COMPUTING AND ACADEMIC STUDIES , British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Burnaby, British Columbia


SENIOR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR – CITRIX , Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority), Victoria, British Columbia
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Questions to ask yourself when disposing of your electronic devices
Featured Article from the ERA , a CIPS Corporate Partner

The evolution of technology has emerged dramatically throughout the last 10 years. In this day and age, many individuals own tablets, smartphones, laptops, desktops, smart watches, and many more technological devices. In comparison, to a little over a decade ago owning a cell phone, laptop or desktop was seen as a novelty.

Even though Technology is continuously emerging, many of us still have the wrong mindset when it comes to disposing of our unwanted or used electronics. This article was implemented to raise awareness on some of the things most people get wrong when it comes to disposing of their electronics.
Some questions you may ask yourself:
Are obsolete electronics worthless?

Are you crazy? Ask yourself this question, “Are obsolete cars worthless?” and the answer will be no as obsolete means old or outdated, not unusable. ERA believes in the “Car Theory”; when the lease on your car is up and you trade it in for the new model, the dealership does not process it as a recycling facility would to make a brand new “model”. The dealership re-leases or sells that car, it’s only a few years old after all. A notable portion of the population will never even own a new car, second-hand options are way more affordable and can have a pretty long lifespan if properly maintained, just as computers and other related equipment would. These out of date devices may seem old to you but may seem new to individuals who can’t afford the next new upgrade. The  Electronic Recycling Association  – a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’ – will ensure your unwanted or used electronics is data wiped or destroyed and donated to a deserving and appreciative recipient.
Is it worth my time to donate my obsolete electronics?

Yes, it is! Why? Because there is always someone out there that can and will benefit from a device you no longer need or want. Just because you’ve run out of uses for an old desktop or laptop doesn’t mean somebody else won’t find it usable. The  Electronic Recycling Association  takes your obsolete electronics, ensures the data has been erased and finds the device a new home.

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