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R&D

Nizar Ibrahim: How we unearthed the spinosaurus

A 50-foot-long carnivore who hunted its prey in rivers 97 million years ago, the spinosaurus is a "dragon from deep time." Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim and his crew found new fossils, hidden in cliffs of the Moroccan Sahara desert, that are helping us learn more about the first swimming dinosaur — who might also be the largest carnivorous dinosaur of all. Nizar Ibrahim scours Northern Africa for clues to what things were like there in the Cretaceous period. A 2015 TED Fellow, he has spearheaded the recent search for the semi-aquatic dinosaur spinosaurus.

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Study

Dark Vegetables Find Wary Consumers

Guelph - Few Ontarians eat enough dark green and yellow vegetables despite their nutritional benefits, according to a University of Guelph study. Although nutritionists say these vegetables are good for health, the majority of Ontario consumers avoid them, the study found. As part of a multi-year study, Profs. Sunghwan Yi and Vinay Kanetkar, Marketing and Consumer Studies, and Paula Brauer, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, looked at consumer differences in vegetable consumption.

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Collaboration

Donation funds expansion of research between leading innovation universities

Waterloo - A $1.6-million gift to the University of Waterloo and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology by The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation is enabling world-changing research in a range of disciplines, including lung diseases and quantum computing.

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Movement

Idle No More helped Aboriginal Canadians break cycle of despair:

MLI Commentary by Ken Coates

Ottawa – For several months starting in 2012, the Idle No More movement transported Aboriginal affairs to the top of the political agenda. Since then, the grievances for which the movement sought attention have for many Canadians faded into the background.

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Environment

Laurier to offer non-credit course in Milton on the legacy of the Niagara Escarpment

MILTON – The Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning (LALL) is offering a spring course investigating the cultural history and natural wonder of the Niagara escarpment. The course, which begins May 6, will be held at the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. “We are excited to see a Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning course offered in Milton,” said Sandy Hughes, director for the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence. “The program has been extremely successful at Laurier’s Waterloo campus for some time, and we believe it will experience the same success outside of Waterloo.”

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Energy

Ontario Expanding Natural Gas Service to More Communities

Natural Gas Access Loan and Natural Gas Economic Development Grant to Lower Prices, Help Businesses and Create Jobs

Queens Park - Ontario is expanding natural gas access, in areas of the province that are not currently served, through the Natural Gas Access Loan and the Natural Gas Economic Development Grant to lower prices, help businesses and create jobs.“We know that expanded access to natural gas is important to families and businesses in communities across Ontario. That’s why our government is developing new natural gas programs to improve access, which will generate economic activity, attract significant investment, create jobs, and break down barriers in our communities, said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

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Education

Supporting Excellence in Technology and Business Management

Ontario Investing in High-Tech Skills and Management Training

Queens Park - Ontario’s 2015 Budget announced a significant investment in Technology Management Expertise. In partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, a new initiative will be established within the university - The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises. "Today's investment by the Province of Ontario is a transformational investment. It leverages the tremendous expertise that Laurier already possesses in business, economics and entrepreneurship, and it will enhance the competitiveness of Canada’s technology sector. We are extremely grateful to the Ontario Government and Mike Lazaridis and for their generous investment in our university, in our students and in the broader community," Max Blouw, President Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Energy

Saturn Power Announces Completion of 10 MW Solar Park in Ingleside, Ontario

New Hamburg - Saturn Power Inc announced that it has completed construction of the 10 MW David Brown Solar Park Project near Ingleside, Ontario Canada. The David Brown Solar Park declared commercial operation on March 16,2015

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Global Health

Two thirds of the world’s population have no access to safe and affordable surgery

Sweden - New estimates suggest that number of people worldwide who are unable to access basic surgery and anaesthesia is more than twice as high as previously thought Millions of people are dying from common, easily treatable conditions like appendicitis, fractures, or obstructed labour because they do not have access to, or can’t afford, proper surgical care, according to a major new Commission, published in The Lancet.

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Economic Development

Federal Government Announces Support for Manufacturing Growth and Diversification in London

London – Starlim North America Corp. will be upgrading and expanding its manufacturing capabilities and services with the support of up to $4 million announced today by Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder. FedDev Ontario's repayable contribution, through the Investing in Business Growth and Productivity initiative, is aimed at helping established businesses to expand their operations, invest in productivity improvements and compete globally.

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Recognition

Laurier professor awarded The Pierre Savard Award

Waterloo – The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) has recognized Christopher Alcantara, an associate professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, with The Pierre Savard Award for his book Negotiating a Deal: Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in Canada. The Pierre Savard Awards recognize and highlight outstanding scholarly monographs on a Canadian topic. The awards promote works that have been written by members of the Canadian Studies international network and designate exceptional books that contribute to a better understanding of Canada.

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Destinations

Tips for a Self-Guided Winery Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Enjoy your weekend getaway by planning a customized tour and tasting at one of the unique wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – There is no better way to experience the joys of Niagara this summer than on a custom wine tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With spring finally arriving, it’s the perfect time to plan your Niagara getaway with friends and family. There are plenty of unique wineries to explore throughout the region, and putting together a wine tasting itinerary is an easy and inexpensive way to try some old favourites and discover news wines best suited for your palette.

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Symposium

Laurier to host symposium on marketing and consumer behaviour

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Marketing area in the School of Business and Economics is hosting a symposium, “Marketplace Mutations: New Perspectives on Consumer and Firm Behaviours that are Transforming the Market,” on Wednesday, April 29 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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