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Exchange Morning Post daily distribution resumes September 8, 2015


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Research

Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions

How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself. Physicist Jim Al-Khalili and co-author Johnjoe McFadden, a biologist, explore the far edges of quantum biology in their book "Life on the Edge."

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Global Economy

Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability

New York, NY - Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 as healthy life expectancy grows; ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections, and stroke cause the most health loss around the world.

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Money Owed

Drop in Delinquency Rates Continues as Canadian Payment Patterns Improve

Toronto - Delinquency rates in Canada continued to decline through the first half of 2015, according to TransUnion's (NYSE: TRU) Q2 2015 MarketTrends report. Delinquency rates (the ratio of all accounts that are 90 or more days past due) declined to 2.58% in Q2 2015, a 7% drop over the course of the last two years (down from 2.69% in Q2 2014 and 2.78% in Q2 2013).

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Health Care

Should we prescribe cholesterol lowering drugs for prevention of cardiovascular disease?

Calgary - Cholesterol lowering statin medications have been widely used to prevent heart disease. However, using statins can have side effects, including memory loss, muscle problems and increased diabetes risk. The Heart Fit Clinic uses advanced blood tests that are not available at physicians' offices to truly determine the need for statin medication.

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Corporate Ladder

Coworker Sabotage

Nearly One-Third of Execs Say Colleagues Have Tried to Make Them Look Bad

Toronto - Do you suspect someone at work is trying to sink your career? You're not alone, new research from staffing firm suggests. Nearly one-third (31 per cent) of advertising and marketing executives interviewed said a colleague has tried to make them look bad on the job. But it seems fewer professionals are engaging in this type of ill behaviour: This figure is down from 50 per cent in a similar study conducted in 2008.

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Community Health

Ontario Increasing Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

New Funding to Improve Counselling Services at St. Mary’s General Hospital

Queens park - Ontario is providing $34,200 in new funding for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre (SADVTC) at St. Mary’s General Hospital. “Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence need to know that there are counselling services available to them to help them cope with these distressing crimes. Today’s announcement is part of our government’s efforts to help survivors, and put an end to sexual violence and harassment," said Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre.

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Bilateral Relationship

First Nations, Ontario Sign Political Accord

Signing of Agreement Represents Another Positive Step in Reconciliation Efforts

Queen Park - The Chiefs of Ontario and the Government of Ontario signed a historic Political Accord that will guide the relationship between First Nations and the province." The signing of this Political Accord lays the groundwork for a renewed relationship between the First Nations and the Province of Ontario. It is an indication that the Province is willing to work with First Nations for the betterment of all of our citizens. We welcome their commitment and look forward to working together on the implementation phase of the articles included in the Accord," added Chief Ava Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River.

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Planning

Five Barriers to Implementing Strategic Direction

Strategy is a framework within which decisions are made, which influences the nature and direction of the business. Strategy directs organizations as they make plans, marshal resources and make day-to-day decisions. It is imperative that strategy is clear, concise and congruent. Otherwise organizations and people can be efficiently headed the wrong way. Companies lacking a clear, memorable, embraced strategy struggle with implementation, thwart tactical execution and blunt their effectiveness. Take prudence to avoid these five barriers to implementing strategic direction.

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Global Health

Experimental post-exposure antiviral treatment may protect humans from Ebola virus

Emory, Georgia - For the first time, UK physicians have demonstrated that antiviral-based therapies have the potential to protect humans from the deadly Ebola virus. The report, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, describes a case-series of eight British health-care workers who were evacuated to the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK after possible accidental exposure to Ebola virus in Sierra Leone between January and March 2015.

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BrownField Development

Former brownfield site to be redeveloped into new residential and commercial units

Kitchener – The former site of the City of Kitchener’s operation facility at 83 Elmsdale Dr. has officially been sold to NovaCore Communities Corporation in partnership with The Downing Street Group. NovaCore Communities is an award winning developer, specializing in transforming low value urban brownfield properties into high value residential and commercial developments. Downing Street is a Toronto based real estate merchant bank and asset manager which provides investment, transaction and asset management services across all classes of real estate. NovaCore and The Downing Street Group have partnered on three other brownfield transactions that are at different stages of remediation and development, the Elmsdale facility will prove to be another successful collaboration.

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Milestone

Waterloo Business Defies the Odds

Waterloo - 30 years later, Tracey Johnston-Aldworth, owner/operator of Traces Screen Printing, can look back and say her small business in Waterloo defied the odds. It all started back in October of 1985 when Tracey & Murray Johnston, a retired engineer and business owner, purchased some used screen printing machines, & started up Traces Screen Printing Ltd. At the time, Canadians were still reeling from interest rates that had climbed to unbelievable heights and inflation that had taken hold of the economy.

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Transportation

ION bus rapid transit service begins September 7

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo takes its first step towards light rail transit (LRT) in Cambridge this fall when ION bus rapid transit (BRT) service begins on September 7. ION BRT will travel 17 kilometres between the Ainslie Street transit terminal in Cambridge and the Fairview Park Mall transit terminal in Kitchener. The service includes six stops, including four along Hespeler Road.

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Philanthropy

Gore Mutual Foundation Donates $100,000 to Rebuild Haven House in Cambridge

Cambridge - The Gore Mutual Foundation is honoured to announce their support of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, with a grant of $100,000 towards the campaign: Rebuild Haven House…She Deserves It. “The Gore Mutual Foundation has a commitment to supporting local initiatives, with a priority to protecting families and keeping them safe from harm. Partnering with Women’s Crisis Services and their campaign to Rebuild Haven House was a natural fit, as we commit to a community without violence and abuse,” said Heidi Sevcik, President and CEO, Gore Mutual Insurance Company.

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Mortagages

CMHC Releases 2015 Second Quarter Results

Ottawa - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its second quarter financial report as well as complementary Mortgage Loan Insurance, Securitization, and Covered Bonds Supplements.


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Workplace

The Six Principles of Successful Workplace Negotiation

By:Dr. Robert Cialdini

No matter what your job title, chances are you engage in workplace negotiations every day. Whether selling products or services to clients, vying for more company resources, driving your ideas through to completion, or simply managing the day-to-day workload, being able to successfully negotiate with others is essential for success.

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Research

Lawson and STEMCELL Technologies Announce Partnership for Commercialization of Tools for Parkinson’s Disease Research

Offering Insight Into the Disease Process and Treatment Options

LONDON - Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) and STEMCELL Technologies Inc. announced that they have signed a license agreement giving STEMCELL global exclusive rights to commercialize novel tools for Parkinson’s Disease research.

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History of Agriculture

NFU Denounces Lethbridge “Libricide”

Saskatoon - Publically funded research and development is once again under attack with the trashing of the library at the Lethbridge Agriculture Canada Research Station. This is just the latest in a long line of government libraries where collections were tossed into dumpsters, burned or went to landfills.


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