Our more kindred industrial neighbor, Hamilton, Ontario, has been in the news of late with some similar themes there as well. See the Hamilton Spectator: Hamilton reaps benefits from immigrants. Also check out the launch of a Hamilton crowdfunding site aimed at generating venture capital. Or take this (via @burghdiaspora) on the reference to how "Steeltown has been acquiring a post-industrial, hipster reputation of late...."
Then there was this from 3 years ago: How Canada became an open data and data journalism powerhouse. That and I am sad to admit that the book store scene in Toronto puts Pittsburgh to shame.