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Human Genome

Riccardo Sabatini: How to read the genome and build a human being

Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and even facial structure — all from a vial of blood. And soon, Sabatini says, our new understanding of the genome will allow us to personalize treatments for diseases like cancer. We have the power to change life as we know it. How will we use it? Riccardo Sabatini applies his expertise in numerical modeling and data to projects ranging from material science to computational genomics and food market predictions.

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Economy & Sustainability

Ontario Recovers Thousands of Dollars Owed to Interns

"unpaid internships are illegal, and it’s imperative that employers know their obligations to interns"

Queens Park - Recently Ontario recovered nearly $140,000 in wages owed to interns at workplaces across the province. “With very few exceptions, unpaid internships are illegal, and it’s imperative that employers know their obligations to interns and are following the rules. If you work in Ontario as an intern, and are not exempt, you deserve to get paid at least minimum wage and receive other entitlements under the Employment Standards Act. This blitz shows us there are still employers who don’t understand or decide not to follow the rules, and we will continue to work to level the playing field for those that do follow the rules. We will also continue to work to ensure everyone doing an internship is treated fairly and their rights are respected," said Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour.

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Accomodations

Traveller Accommodation Services Price Index for the first quarter 2016

Ottawa - The Traveller Accommodation Services Price Index (TASPI) decreased 3.5% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter. This decline reflects low seasonal demand for accommodation services, which was also observed in the previous quarter.

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Expansion

FedDev Ontario Invests in New Product Development and Export Growth for Cambridge Food Manufacturer

This project is also expected to have spill-over benefits, impacting local meat, packaging and ingredient suppliers.

Cambridge - An investment of up to $3 million was made in Grand River Foods Ltd., to increase production and explore new export opportunities. This announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.

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Spill in the Grand

Kitchener working to clean up after spill detected

Kitchener - Friday afternoon The City of Kitchener was notified by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) of a potential spill in the Grand River near Forwell Road after a sheen was noticed on the water.

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Aquisition

BCE announces agreement to acquire Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS)

Transaction enterprise value of approximately $3.9 billion: BCE to acquire all issued and outstanding common shares of MTS for approximately $3.1 billion and assume outstanding net debt of approximately $0.8 billion

MONTRÉAL- BCE Inc. (Bell) announced that it will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.

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GDP

Gross domestic product by industry for February 2016

Ottawa - After rising for four consecutive months, real gross domestic product edged down 0.1% in February. The output of goods-producing industries declined in February, while the output of service-producing industries was essentially unchanged.

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Pulse

The Economic Pulse of the World (April 2016)

Washington, DC - A major analysis of world public opinion was released last Friday by Ipsos. The report, titled “Ipsos Global @dvisory: The Economic Pulse of the World” is based on 18,039 recent interviews in 25 countries around the world. The report examines citizens' assessment of current state of their country's economy for a total global perspective.

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Study

Depression symptoms that steadily increase in later life predict higher dementia risk, study shows

Rotterdam, NL - Depression symptoms that steadily increase in older adults are more strongly linked to dementia than any other types of depression, and may indicate the early stages of the disease, according to the first ever long-term study to examine the link between dementia and the course of depression, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

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Recognition

Four local environmentalists honored with Conservation Award

One or more Conservation Awards may be presented in any given year.

Waterloo Region - In a ceremony held last week, Waterloo Region Nature announced the 2016 recipients of the regional Conservation Award, an award that acknowledges the contribution made by an individual, group, organization or corporation toward the conservation and preservation of the natural environment of Waterloo Region.

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Cashflow

FedDev Ontario Supports Energy Management Platform

Ajax – FedDev Ontario, announced funding of up to $250,000 for CircuitMeter Inc. to further develop and commercialize its energy management platform.


EVENTS

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May 2 - 4, 2016

Skills Ontario hosts the 27th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Waterloo – The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) features 67 skilled trades and technologies contests and 2,100 competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario, making it the largest skilled trades and technologies competition in Canada. An estimated 20,000 spectators are expected to visit the competition over two days, with the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, May 4th at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

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May 5, 2016

Laurier’s Lazaridis School alumnus Brad Katsuyama to speak on high-frequency stock trading

Waterloo – Lazaridis School of Business and Economics alumnus Brad Katsuyama, CEO and co-founder of the Investors Exchange (IEX) in New York and hero of the bestselling book Flash Boys, will be at Laurier May 5 to share his unique insights into the controversial world of high-frequency stock trading.

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Collaborative Fund Raiser

Tacofest ticket sale date

Waterloo Region – After selling out in less than a minute last year, Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) is expanding the capacity of their most popular fundraising event for the second time in two years. Tacofest, presented by MTE, raises funds to provide meals to clients in Waterloo Region with the help of local restaurants and caterers and Ontario craft brewers.

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May 16, 2016

Cambridge City Council announces special meeting on multiplex

Cambridge - Cambridge City Council will hold a Special Council Meeting on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Beehive Hall at Hespeler Memorial Arena, 640 Ellis Rd.

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May 11, 2016

Diversity & Inclusion Vital in Attracting & Retaining Top Talent

Guelph - With the celebration of Guelph Pride in the month of May, on May 11, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host its May Lunch & Learn featuring Pride at Work Canada’s Executive Director, Colin Druhan. The event is presented in partnership with Miller Thomson LLP and McNeil Consumer Healthcare.


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