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Ted Talks

Debra Jarvis: Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me

Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.

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Zombie Attack

York U experts comments on mathematical modelling of potential zombie attack

Modelling techniques that show how mathematics can be used to study processes of infectious diseases in an amusing way

TORONTO – What are the chances of a potential zombie attack? How would it spread? What are the benefits in studying zombies? York University mathematics professor Jane Heffernan and chemistry professor Derek Wilson like to speak about how mathematical modelling can help predict the unpredictable – like zombie attacks – and be used to fight diseases. They are the authors of “The undead: A plague on humanity or a powerful new tool for epidemiological research?”, a chapter in the forthcoming book, Mathematical Modelling of Zombies – a compilation of modelling techniques that show how mathematics can be used to study processes of infectious diseases in an amusing way.

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Content

“What Will I Blog About?” Five Posts That Pull Readers In (and Turn Them into Clients)

As every business blogger knows, coming up with fresh content can be a challenge.

Atlanta, GA - As any experienced business blogger will tell you, one of the toughest parts of the job is thinking of a steady stream of interesting topics. Whether you’re on your 5th or 55th post, it’s equally important to offer value (and to some degree, entertainment) to your readers.

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Homelessness

2014 State of Homelessness in Canada report released

35,000 experience homelessness every night; Canada at an important crossroads

VANCOUVER – The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (Homeless Hub) and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) released their second annual State of Homelessness in Canada report today. Highlights of the report include:

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Energy innovation

SPARQ Systems secures $11 million to launch next generation microinverter

Kingston - SPARQ Systems announced earlier this month a $11 million in funding led by ArcTern Ventures, a venture capital fund that provides early-stage capital to companies in the cleantech sector. A MaRS Cleantech client, SPARQ Systems' technology converts power produced from solar panels into electricity that can be used by the grid.

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Living Wage

Living Wage Event host Ontario Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Director Trish Hennessey as Keynote Speaker

Kitchener - Founder of the Living Wage Waterloo Region (LWWR) steering committee and an early adopter of the living wage, MSCU announced that they have signed on with LWWR’s Living Wage Employer Recognition Program at the supporter level. The Living Wage Employer Recognition Program is launching on November 4th!

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Angel Fund

Maple Leaf Angels Announce MLA48, Canada’s First Angel Investment Fund

Fund commits to 48 hour turnaround of Investment Decisions

Toronto – Maple Leaf Angels Corporation, announced the creation of Maple Leaf Angels Capital Corporation and the launch of a limited partnership, known as MLA48; Canada’s first angel investment fund that commits to make investment decisions within 48 hours.

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Research

Grants provide seed funding for cancer researchers

Windsor - Biology professor William Crosby received a seed grant from the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation for his research into the regulation of cell division and DNA repair. Controlling the abundance of specific proteins at different times in the life of a cell is important to its function, and can contribute to the development of cancers when that regulation is lost or altered, says biology professor William Crosby.

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Traffic

Toronto Congestion is costing local taxpayers billions each year

Toronto - Gridlock has a price tag, The C.D. Howe Institute says the social cost which climbs when families and residents forego social activities could be closer to $11 billion. “This is an astronomical sum that takes into account lost wages and lost time and also the cost of fuel,” says Matti Siemiatycki, associate professor of geography and urban planning at the University of Toronto.

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Great Lakes

EPA Announces Removal of Two Toxic Hotspots on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan from Binational List

CHICAGO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that two U.S. Areas of Concern, Deer Lake in the Lake Superior basin and White Lake in the Lake Michigan basin, have been removed from the binational list of toxic hotspots that were targeted for cleanup in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

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Adapting

Mercedes-Benz Canada embraces life-saving QR code technology launched globally by Daimler

TORONTO - When an accident occurs and the vehicle is seriously damaged, the priority for the rescue services is to free the occupants. This can be extremely dangerous for both occupants and first responders since the vehicle is equipped with many potentially hazardous components such as high voltage wiring, fuel lines as well as airbags and SRS pyrotechnics, all of which can be compromised depending on the severity of the impact. While Mercedes-Benz information has been available to rescue teams for decades, it was traditionally provided in a printed format or downloadable as a pdf document.

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Environment

The Region launches its annual call for Community Environmental Fund applications

WATERLOO REGION – Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Region of Waterloo Community Environmental Fund (CEF). Established in 2011, the Fund provides grants to assist community members and organizations carry out projects that protect, promote, and enhance our natural environment.

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Legal

Giving More Ontarians Access to Affordable Legal Services

Province Doubling Number of People Eligible for Legal Aid

Queens Park - Ontario is moving forward with a plan that will allow over one million more people to qualify for legal aid services. In addition they will also raise the income level — also known as the eligibility threshold — at which people can qualify for legal aid assistance. Once fully implemented, an additional one million low-income people will have access to legal aid services — more than double the number of people eligible for legal aid services today.

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Energy

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli Opens Darlington Energy Complex

World-Class Nuclear Training Facility Key to Successful Darlington Refurbishment

CLARINGTON - Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli unveiled OPG's new Darlington Energy Complex. Featuring a life-sized training model of a nuclear reactor face, the complex will help ensure Darlington's refurbishment is successfully executed.

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xQuarterly

Co-operators General Insurance Company reports third quarter 2014 results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company (Co-operators General) released consolidated financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2014. The consolidated net loss was $10.8 million compared to a net loss of $37.9 million for the same quarter in 2013. This resulted in a loss per share of $0.57 for the quarter compared to a loss per share of $2.02 in the same period last year.

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