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Company behind E. coli outbreak at Calgary daycares was pursuing ambitious expansion

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Vanderklippe, Nathan; Smith, Alanna & Mcginn, Dave
Publication Date: 
17 Nov 2023



Even as it cared for thousands of Canadian children during the pandemic, the company embarked on a major growth plan in Texas, where it told school boards that its approach would bring high-tech results, in part by using a device that, it said, could read a child’s brain waves. People who worked for the company described an organization whose capabilities sometimes struggled to match its ambitions, likening the company to a fast-running startup.


The men showed trustees an image of children wearing a plastic device on their heads, like a virtual reality headset. The device cost US$60,000, Mr. Karim said. He claimed it was “able to read the level of brain development.” 


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