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Ted Talks

Frans Lanting: Photos that give voice to the animal kingdom

Nature photographer Frans Lanting uses vibrant images to take us deep into the animal world. In this short, visual talk he calls for us to reconnect with other earthly creatures, and to shed the metaphorical skins that separate us from each other.

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Illiteracy - Video

Understanding illiteracy is all in the eyes

Hamilton - Victor Kuperman wants to stamp out illiteracy - but first, he has to understand its root cause. According to the assistant professor of linguistics and languages, 30 per cent of Canadians aged 16-25 are functionally illiterate. That means that while they can read some words, they can't process simple instructions, such as reading a medical prescription. "They're severely handicapped in every aspect of their lives," he says. That's why Kuperman and his team are working to understand where people go wrong when reading.

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New Building

University of Waterloo approves $88-million Engineering 7 building

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors approved the construction of the $88-million Engineering 7 (E7) building yesterday. The University’s Building and Properties Committee made the proposal for the 230,000-square-foot, seven-storey building to house Waterloo Engineering’s ongoing transformation of how it delivers education to students.

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Canadians Health

Canadian Health Measures Survey: Household and physical measures data, 2012 to 2013

Ottawa - More than 6 in 10 Canadians aged 18 to 79 were either overweight or obese, based on their body mass index in 2012 to 2013. This was about double the proportion among children 5 to 17 years old, where 31% were classified as overweight or obese based on their body mass index.

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Autism

Master’s student research helps children with autism spectrum disorder

St. Catherines - Naomi Johnson, a master’s student in Applied Disability Studies, is examining the effectiveness of a therapy program to help children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) reduce and alleviate obsessive-compulsive behaviours (OCB).

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City Holdings

Guelph Hydro Inc. has amalgamated with Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.

Merger of Guelph Hydro Inc. and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. announced.

Guelph - Owned by the City of Guelph, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. is an agile and creative corporation that manages selected City of Guelph assets. As a result of the amalgamation, the company's portfolio now consists of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc., which were formerly held by Guelph Hydro Inc.

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Real Estate Agents

Picking a real estate agent is like flipping a coin for most Ontarians

New study from Zoocasa shows that only half of Ontario home buyers and sellers are confident they picked the right real estate agent

TORONTO - Ontario home buyers and sellers could use better tools and resources to help pick the right real estate agent. A recent survey release from Survey Sampling International (SSI) revealed most (86%) Ontario home buyers and sellers used a real estate agent on their last transaction, but only half (50%) reported being confident that they picked the right one.

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Prices

Industrial product and raw materials price index decreases in September 2014

Of the 21 major commodity groups, 13 were up, 7 were down and 1 was unchanged.

Ottawa - The Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) decreased 0.4% in September, mainly because of lower prices for energy and petroleum products. The Raw Materials Price Index (RMPI) declined 1.8% in September, largely as a result of lower prices for crude energy products.

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Public Health Research

Public lecture explores health inequalities

Waterloo - Research indicates that the more socially and economically privileged people are, the better their health. On Monday, Sir Michael Marmot, renowned public health researcher, will explore this topic in a free lecture at the University of Waterloo.

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Innovation Ranking

University of Waterloo most innovative for 23rd year in a row

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo is Canada’s top university for innovation for the 23rd consecutive year and Best Overall for 2015, according to Maclean's magazine. The Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities, released today, also saw Waterloo move up to the top spot in the Leaders of Tomorrow category.

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Blackberry Classic

BlackBerry Classic: An Open Letter from John Chen

Waterloo - Yesterday , BlackBerry CEO John Chen published an open letter as the company readies to launch its newest and much anticipated device – BlackBerry Classic. The letter follows.

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Research

University of Toronto study finds action video games bolster sensorimotor skills

TORONTO — A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do.

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Reputation

Ottawa commercial real estate agent Gillian Burnside receives apology from RCMP in settlement that acknowledges damages from unknown source who provided RCMP information to the media

Harmful half-life of online news media contributed to three years of professional torment

Ottawa – It started out as an honour – an opportunity to secretly assist the RCMP’s Technical Investigation Services Branch with commercial real estate services to secure and lease premises for a national covert security project identified only as project RAVE.

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Development

Ontario Secures More Investments in China

Projects Valued at About $442 Million Will Create up to 340 Jobs in Ontario

Queens Park - Ontario secured significant new investments from Chinese partners yesterday, as part of the Premiers trade mission to China. These investments will create jobs in several communities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Markham and Niagara Falls.

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Recruitment

16th Annual Family Medicine Resident Weekend

Chamber Plays Host to Family Medicine Residents

Kitchener – This weekend, local family physicians and business and community leaders will join volunteers of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in hosting 17 family medicine residents and their partners from across Ontario.

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Leadership

Are You A Reluctant Leader?

By Walt Grassl

Do you know someone who is very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though you just know they will thrive as a leader? Many of them have a condition that is sometimes referred to as Altitude Sickness. This is not the medical condition, which occurs when you are at high altitudes and cannot get enough oxygen. This Altitude Sickness refers to the fear of success, the fear of reaching great heights.

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Bill 8

Reforming Executive Compensation in the Broader Public Sector

Ontario Moves Forward With Legislation to Provide Hard Caps for Executive Compensation

Ontario is addressing executive compensation in the broader public sector through the proposed Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act (Bill 8). The act, which begins second reading debate today, would, if passed, allow the government to take a principle-based, long-term approach to reform executive compensation.
If the bill passes second reading, the government plans to bring forward an amendment that would add other broader public sector organizations such as Ornge, LHINs, eHealth, Metrolinx, OLG and LCBO to the list of employers already set out under the proposed legislation.

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Code

Hackademy Canada to Run Kids’ Coding Workshops Across the Region this November

Organization to offer JavaScript workshops in Tri-Cities and Guelph

Kitchener - Hackademy Canada is running four Intro to JavaScript courses for children and youth across Waterloo Region this November. Waterloo Region's tech literacy organization, which offered courses to adults last year, will begin its youth offering this fall with three-hour interactive workshops teaching kids how to build dynamic websites.

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