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Media Ninja

Bruno Torturra: Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting

In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online.


BlackBerry reports $148M US loss in 3rd quarter, revenues down

On an adjusted basis, BlackBerry delivered a profit of one cent per share, beating expectations.

CBC - BlackBerry narrowed its net loss to $148-million US in its third quarter and did better with adjusted earnings than expected, as the company pushed ahead with a turnaround plan aimed at becoming profitable again.

Buyer Experience


Quarry combines strategic, creative and deep technical expertise to offer difficult-to-find combination of demand creation services

St. Jacobs - Quarry Integrated Communications Inc., a buyer experience agency with over 40 years in the business and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle Eloqua and Oracle Content Marketing Cloud Service, parts of Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Hack Attack - Video

What’s Next for Sony After `The Interview’ Cancellation?

Bloomberg - Sony Pictures has canceled the release of “The Interview” amid fallout from the hack attack and threats against theaters. Bloomberg Intelligence’s Paul Sweeney examines the move and how it may impact similar situations in the future. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Oil & Consumerism

Alberta businesses fear a decline in consumerism as the price of oil continues to drop

CALGARY - With the recent decline in oil prices Alberta businesses are fearful that this economic dip within our primary market will negatively affect consumerism. In an effort to offset competition, 54% of Alberta establishments will focus on cultivating their methods in which they target their customers according to PwC's latest Business and Consumer Confidence Index.

US Markets - Video

Markets Move as Federal Reserve Preaches Patience

Bloomberg - Bloomberg’s Lisa Abramowicz and Julie Hyman examine market reaction to the Federal Reserve’s comments on rates and the U.S. economy. They speak in "On The Markets" on "In The Loop.”

Change Makers

Laurier working toward ‘Changemaker Campus’ designation

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has taken the first steps toward earning official recognition for its commitment to social innovation education.


People with blood groups A, B and AB at higher risk of type 2 diabetes than group O

Vilejuif, France - A study of more than 80,000 women has uncovered different risks of developing type 2 diabetes associated with different blood groups, with the biggest difference a 35% increased risk of type 2 diabetes found in those with group B, Rhesus factor positive (R+) blood compared with the universal donor group O, Rhesus factor negative (R–). The study is published in Diabetologia (the journal of The European Association for the Study of Diabetes) and is by Dr Guy Fagherazzi, and Dr Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, INSERM, Villejuif, France, and colleagues.


Carleton University Appoints Jennifer Conley as Chief Advancement Officer

Ottawa - Carleton University has announced the appointment of Jennifer Conley as Chief Advancement Officer, leading Alumni Relations, Development and Advancement Communications, reporting to the president. Conley has been acting chief advancement officer at Carleton and previously director of Faculty Development and Major Gifts. She was previously executive director of St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Foundation. A certified fundraising executive (CFRE), she has over 20 years of advancement experience and two degrees from Nipissing University.

Lazy Thinkers

Does Your Culture Reward the Lazy Brain? Five Ways to Override This Natural Human Tendency—and Save Your Company in the Process

In today's globally competitive environment, successful organizations must constantly learn, adapt, and innovate—but that's easier said than done when the human brain prefers operating in low gear. Here, Professor Edward D. Hess explains how to snuff out "lazy thinking" so that your people can begin generating and implementing new ideas.

New York, NY — Humans are lazy thinkers. Although the brain comprises only about 2.5 percent of our body weight, it generally uses 20 percent of the body's energy. That's why the human learning machine prefers to operate in a low gear—on autopilot—as much as possible: It's a conservation thing. As Nobel laureate and behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman puts it, "Laziness is built deep into our nature." So (your slothful brain is probably thinking) what's wrong with that? Well, according to Edward Hess, the big problem is that business has taken the "laziness model"—aka operational excellence—as far as it can go.

Arts & Culture

Nine Canadian films screening at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Several Canadian talents at Festival, including directors Xavier Dolan (Mommy), Sturla Gunnarsson (Monsoon) and Maxime Giroux (Félix et Meira)

MONTREAL - The new year will begin in impressive style for Canadian cinema as nine films by Canadian directors will be shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), including, notably, Denys Arcand's Le Règne de la beauté (An Eye for Beauty), Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Sturla Gunnarsson's Monsoon and Stéphane Lafleur's Tu dors Nicole. The PSIFF will run from January 2 to 12, 2015. Also worth noting is that the U.S. feature film Boychoir, by Canadian director François Girard, has been selected as the closing night film at the Festival this year.

Coming Home

Chris Bertoia is coming home, named as new Football Head Coach

Waterloo - A familiar face is returning to patrol the Warrior football sidelines. The University of Waterloo today appointed Chris Bertoia as Head Coach and Manager of Football Operations. Bertoia, previously an assistant coach with the Western Mustangs, was an integral part of Warriors football during the glory years when Waterloo won the Yates Cup in 1997 and again when he captained the side in 1999. “It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Western. I was very happy there and they treated my family and I so well,” said Chris Bertoia. “It's very rewarding to have an opportunity at a place where you played. It’s humbling to lead your alma mater. You can relate better with your players because you sat in the same chairs, went to the same classes, and represented the same football program. It makes everything more meaningful and I’m excited by the opportunity to rebuild the Warrior Football Program.”


The Tsunami-Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean – Ten years after

Potsdam, Germany - The day after Christmas this year will mark the 10 anniversary of the tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean. On 26 December 2004, a quarter of a million people lost their lives, five million required immediate aid and 1.8 million citizens were rendered homeless. The natural disaster, which caused extreme devastation over huge areas and the accompanying grief and anxiety, especially in Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka exceeded the imaginable and reached such drastic dimensions, mainly due to the lack of a warning facility and a disaster management plan for the entire Indian Ocean region at this time.


Is Job Hopping Losing Its Stigma?

Survey Shows That a Majority of Younger Workers See the Upside of Frequent Job Changes

TORONTO - Job hopping may be losing its bad reputation, at least among the youngest generation of Canadian professionals, a new survey suggests. Fifty-three per cent of employees between the ages of 18 and 34 said changing jobs every few years can actually help their career, compared to 40 per cent of professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 and 25 per cent of those age 55 or older. There were also differences by gender, with 54 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women reporting that job hopping is beneficial.


Sun Life Financial becomes first major Canadian life insurer to officially sign on to the UN supported PRI

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. announced that its primary life insurance subsidiary, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, has signed on to the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UN supported PRI). It is the first major Canadian life insurer to become a signatory. Its affiliate, Sun Life Investment Management Inc., will also adopt these principles.


Recognizing Ontario's Top Food Exporters

Supporting Agri-food Success

Oueens Park - Ontario is celebrating local food exporters for sharing Ontario made food, beverage and agriculture products with the rest of the world. The Ontario Food Exporter awards recognize Ontario's food innovators and exporters for their outstanding contributions to expanding Ontario's presence in international markets.


Increasing Influenza Activity in Waterloo Region and Ontario

Waterloo Region - Influenza activity in Waterloo Region and in Ontario has increased over the last 2 weeks. As of December 16, 2014, there have been 12 reported cases of laboratory confirmed influenza in Waterloo Region, including 9 hospitalized cases and one death in an individual over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions. To date, the predominant influenza virus circulating in Ontario is influenza A (H3N2).

Technique & Practice

4 Misconceptions That Won’t Help - When You Hit the Slopes This Season

Common Errors to Avoid from Sought-after Instructor & Keynote Speaker

As the season gets underway and skiers of all levels journey to the snow capped mountains, chances are that a great many of them will do some things that won’t help their cause, says world-class ski instructor Chalky White. “You can boil down skiing to a few basic principles, but like any sport, there are many finer details that matter, and with an activity like skiing, the details can mean the difference between a safe ski trip and a hazardous one,” Chalky says.


Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes

Waterloo - Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their Type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study from the University of Waterloo. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are living with Type 2 diabetes, 2 million of whom are age 50 or older.


Nissan Brand Surpasses Sales of 100,000 Vehicles for First Time in Canada

Nissan continues to be the fastest growing automotive manufacturer in Canada with a line-up tailored to the needs of Canadians

MISSISSAUGA - Nissan announced that for the first time in Canada the brand has achieved sales of 100,000 units within a calendar year, breaking the previous record of 82,604 in 2013. The milestone was reached yesterday when a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum was sold to Mr. Rikki Solitario at Willowdale Nissan in Thornhill, Ontario.

Mark Your Calendar

Canada’s First Mudderella is Coming to Bingemans in 2015

Kitchener - Bingemans has been chosen as the host location of the first ever Canadian Mudderella, a 5-7 km obstacle course event designed by women, for women. The event is set to take place on July 11, 2015 throughout the Bingemans property.





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