Biochemist Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu -- and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.
TORONTO - Faced with a sharp sales decline and excessive inventories, North American auto production turned sharply lower in December, and has been virtually shut down in January, according to the latest Global Auto Report released today by Scotia Economics.
Waterloo Region - Canada's 2009 budget takes a proactive approach to tackling Canada's recession. The finance minister envisions a $34 billion deficit this year, followed by forecasted deficits until 2013, with the plan of spending $40 billion over the next two years to stimulate Canada's economy. The hope is that Canada will bounce back by 2010.
London - Invented at The University of Western Ontario, a novel therapy system for treating dysphagia has been licensed to Trudell Medical International (TMI) for development and world-wide distribution. The therapy system is currently undergoing clinical testing.
TORONTO - At a special meeting in Toronto today, the CAW master bargaining committees at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler gave the union the authority to engage in extraordinary contract talks with the North American automakers as their restructuring process continues in the coming weeks.
A Queen’s-led team has discovered the reason why garlic is so good for us.
Kingston - It was widely believed that the organic compound, allicin which gives the pungent vegetable its aroma and flavour acts as an antioxidant. But until now it hasn’t been clear how allicin works, or how it stacks up compared to more common antioxidants such as Vitamin E and coenzyme Q10, which stop the damaging effects of radicals.
* Report: World facing “water bankruptcy” in many places, if current use trends continue
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - Water is the nexus linking together a web of food, energy, climate, economic growth and human security; the world simply cannot manage water in the future in the same way as in the past or the economic web will collapse. This is the stark warning of a forecast released today by the World Economic Forum.
CHICAGO - The Ottawa River will soon be much cleaner thanks to an agreement signed today between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ottawa River Group. They agreed to a $43 million cleanup of contaminated sediment in the river. Costs will be equally shared between EPA, using funds provided by the Great Lakes Legacy Act, and the local sponsors.
Unretirement(TM) Index reveals that workers are conflicted about their retirement prospects
TORONTO - According to the country's first ever "Unretirement(TM) Index" released today by Sun Life Financial, many Ontarians now expect to work longer for positive reasons, such as remaining mentally active and enjoying the people they work with, but they are also concerned about their financial readiness for retirement. These findings signal a departure from how Canadians have been retiring in the last few years and will have important implications for families, employers and society.
Waterloo - DALSA Corporation, reported revenues from continuing operations of $46.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2008, and net income from continuing operations of $4.3 million or $0.23 per share, diluted. For the full year 2008, the Company achieved record revenues of $206.0 million from continuing operations and record earnings from continuing operations of $21.9 million.
TORONTO - United Steelworkers' (USW) National Director Ken Neumann said Thursday that his union will work to ensure the 'Buy America' provision in the US $825-billion economic stimulus package works to the benefit to the entire North American steel industry.
* White House envoy offers insights on her “old friend” in the Oval Office
* Timeless values, incredible diversity, opportunity and hope will guide new administration
* Extends call for “new era of global financial responsibility” to all: individuals, governments, corporations, philanthropic organizations
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - Valerie Jarrett, fresh from her first week in the new administration of US President Obama, reinforced the president’s call on leaders from all nations to “seize gladly” the duties of collaborating and boldly embrace “a new era of global financial responsibility” - to each other, to our families, to our communities, to our country and to the world.”
Toronto - Today, Corporate Knights Magazine releases its seventh-annual Responsible Investing Guide. This guide assesses 64 Canadian mutual funds with self-stated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals based on the funds' performance, turnover rate, and adherence to responsible investment principles.
Courses and other academic activities resume Monday, February 2
Toronto - The York University Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2009 has been passed by the Ontario legislature and received royal assent. As a result, the Executive Committee of Senate declares that the disruption of academic activities that began on November 6, 2008 has ended.
Guelph - When Lisbeth Sider boarded a plane for Vietnam in late October, it was a landmark event. She had never travelled outside Canada before (apart from a few shopping trips to Buffalo as a young child).
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