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Brimming with Tales

Latif Nasser: You have no idea where camels really come from

Camels are so well adapted to the desert that it's hard to imagine them living anywhere else. But what if we have them pegged all wrong? What if those big humps, feet and eyes were evolved for a different climate and a different time? In this talk, join Radiolab's Latif Nasser as he tells the surprising story of how a very tiny, very strange fossil upended the way he sees camels, and the world. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder." Latif Nasser is the director of research at Radiolab, where he has reported on such disparate topics as culture-bound illnesses, snowflake photography, sinking islands and 16th-century automata.

Global Competitiveness

The USA toppled as world’s most competitive economy

Lausanne - May 30, 2016 - The USA has surrendered its status as the world’s most competitive economy after being overtaken by China Hong Kong and Switzerland, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Center. The sheer power of the economy of the USA is no longer sufficient to keep it at the top of the prestigious World Competitiveness Ranking, which it has led for the past three years. The IMD World Competitiveness Center, a research group within IMD business school, has published the ranking each year since 1989 and it is widely regarded as the foremost annual assessment of the competitiveness of countries.

Start-up Culture

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Call for Applications from Technology and Machine Learning Ventures.

Toronto – Do you have a technology or machine learning startup that you believe is massively scalable? The Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is now accepting applications from ventures to be part of its fifth cohort during the 2016/17 academic year.


Researchers Uncover Extensive Twitter-based Cyber Espionage Campaign Targeting UAE Dissidents, Journalists

Toronto – A new report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab reveals a sophisticated international cyber-espionage campaign targeting journalists and activists whose work concerns the United Arab Emirates. The campaign used elaborate ruses, including fake organizations and journalists, to engage targets online, then entice them to open malicious files and links containing malware capable of monitoring their activities.


Canadian Megatrends: The rise of the dual-earner family with children

Canadian families with children are more likely than ever to have both parents in the workforce.

Ottawa - This month's edition of Canadian Megatrends looks at the growing trend in the number of women joining the workforce. The number of Canadian families with at least one child aged under 16 at home and two employed parents almost doubled in the last 40 years―from 1.0 million families in 1976 to 1.9 million in 2015. Today, dual income families account for nearly 7 in 10 families with children, whereas in 1976, they accounted for 4 in 10.

Health Care

Hospital professionals sign province-wide tentative agreement

Toronto - More than 12,000 hospital professionals working at 53 Ontario hospitals have reached a new tentative collective agreement with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). The three-year central deal, signed in the early hours of May 30 after a marathon bargaining session, includes improvements to wages, vacation entitlements, and shift premiums, plus other changes.

Maker Studio

THEMUSEUM Reaches 70 Per cent of its $600,000 Campaign to Open The Underground Studio in Downtown Kitchener

The City’s new Economic Development Strategy – Make it Kitchener – is focused on our local maker ecosystem and the creation of The Underground Studio is the perfect extension of this strategy - Mayor Berry Vrbanovic

Kitchener – THEMUSEUM announced that it has successfully secured 70 per cent of its $600,000 campaign goal to build and open The Underground Studio at its King Street location this fall. The traditional MakerSpace and Digital Media Lab hybrid will allow the six teachers on staff to expand on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs, camps and related activities. The Underground Studio is being programmed for ages six to seventeen, but programs for all ages will be offered. It will feature a variety of hands-on activities including woodworking, sewing, soldering as well as 3D printers, laser cutter, virtual and augmented reality, wearable technologies, hacking and upcycling used electronics.

Tech, Skill, Competitiveness

Nearly half of IT leaders (46%) surveyed have had difficulty filling IT positions in the past 12 months

New data from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority points to a skills gap in Canada's IT sector

Ottawa - In advance of its annual Canadian Internet Forum, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has released a report on technology, skills, and Canada's competitiveness. The report will inform discussion at the Canadian Internet Forum, Canada's premiere conference on Internet issues.

Truth and Reconcilliation

Ontario Apologizes for Residential Schools

Wynne apologizes for the policies and practices supported by past Ontario governments, and the harm they caused; for the province’s silence in the face of abuse and death at residential schools; and for residential schools being only one example of systemic intergenerational abuses and injustices inflicted upon Indigenous communities throughout Canada

Queens Park - Premier Kathleen Wynne apologized today on behalf of the Government of Ontario for the brutalities committed for generations at residential schools and the continued harm this abuse has caused to Indigenous cultures, communities, families and individuals.

Family History

Study finds one third of children have higher levels of cardiometabolic risk factors due to family history

Bilthoven - A new study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that children with a strong family history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and/or type 2 diabetes were found to have cholesterol levels significantly higher than children with no family history of those conditions.


New grants approved through the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers

Waterloo Region – The Immigration Partnership Council announced grants to six agencies and private sponsorship groups supporting Syrian newcomers. $172,500 in new grants under the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers was approved to support important initiatives addressing a range of emerging needs in Waterloo Region. To date, grants made through the Fund total $297,500.

Human Resources

New Era in Disability Management Administration

Program enables Human Resources departments to proactively manage the entire administrative process for their employee absences and accommodations

Brantford – The Williamson Group - A Cowan Company, released a innovative upgrade to the Return to Health® Disability Management System, COLO—the single-platform, fully integrated absence management solution.

Home Automation

Home Automation in Canada Set to Take Off—If Consumer Mindset Shifts

More Than a Third of Canadians Express Interest in a Connected Home, Though Ownership of Connected Devices Remains Low

Vancouver, BC – Mass adoption of connected home devices may not be too far off. Ipsos focused in on the popular topic of home automation in its latest installment of the Canadian Interactive Trends Report, a quarterly syndicated study. Looking at interest, attitudes, and behaviours toward home automation among Canadian households, the study found that significant opportunities are just around the corner, but consumers need to understand the true value of home automation first.

Story Telling

University Grad Student Among Top Five SSHRC Storytellers

Ottawa - The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced that Carleton’s Ian Wereley is among the top five finalists in its 2016 Storytellers challenge.


Thought Leaders

Rio bound Josh Cassidy to speak at Thought Leader lunch

Guelph - On June 9th, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Thought Leader lunch. The Thought Leader events will feature dynamic speakers offering insights to spur discussion on timely community, business and transformational issues. The upcoming Thought Leader luncheon, in partnership with Bell, will feature Paralympic athlete Josh Cassidy.

June 5-8, 2016

Team Ontario heads to Moncton for 2016 Skills Canada National Competition

68 competitors from across Ontario will compete at the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition, Moncton Coliseum, June 5-8, 2016

Waterloo – The 2016 Team Ontario is the largest brigade of skilled students from the province to attend the national competition to date; 68 competitors and 45 teachers and parents make up the 2016 team. To be eligible for a spot on Team Ontario, the students, who come from both high school and colleges, had to qualify at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) earlier this month.

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