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Thursday April 15, 2010

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Ted Talks

Catherine Mohr builds green

In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house -- looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think.

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Collaboration

Laurier and Conestoga College combine strengths with joint science technology programs

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning are combining their strengths in theoretical and applied learning to create two joint programs, one in computer science and the other in biochemistry/biotechnology.

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Food

New Canadian Chef Survey highlights top menu trends for 2010

HALIFAX - Local, organic and sustainable foods are heating things up in Canadian restaurant kitchens - and they will be on display at ApEx 2010, April 18 - 19 at Exhibition Park in Halifax.

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Certification

CAW Applies for Certification at Niagara Casinos

TORONTO - The CAW has submitted an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board to unionize workers at Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino.

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Investment

Foreign direct investment for 2009

Statscan - The value of Canadian direct investment abroad assets declined by 7.5% in 2009. This was largely the result of the revaluation effect of a substantially stronger Canadian dollar at year-end, and declines were concentrated in assets in the United States.

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Energy

Solar energy production has enormous potential in southeastern Ontario

Kingston - Solar power in southeastern Ontario has the potential to produce almost the same amount of power as all the nuclear reactors in the United States, according to two studies conducted by the Queen’s University Applied Sustainability Research Group.

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Innovation

Canada research chair develops technologies, devices for biomedical diagnosis/screening

WATERLOO - A University of Waterloo professor will explore how to develop technologies and new devices for improved biomedical diagnosis and rapid screening with support from a new Canada research chair awarded by the federal government.

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Guest Column

Recession-Proof Your Business: Publicity is the key
By Pam Lontos

If you're thinking of cutting your business' publicity during these tough economic times, think again. It's times like this that you have to get your company's name out there more than ever.

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Health Care

Most women unaware of risk for debilitating fractures
by Laura Thompson

Hamilton - An international osteoporosis study involving a McMaster University researcher has found that most postmenopausal women at risk for hip and other osteoporosis-related fractures fail to appreciate their actual risk of debilitating bone breaks.

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Banking

CIBC doing small businesses a major disservice - Report shows room for improvement in banking sector

TORONTO - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a report revealing that CIBC is far and away the worst bank when it comes to servicing Canada's smallest businesses. Based on survey results from over 12,000 business owners across the country, Banking on Better Service evaluates banks and other lending institutions based on the views of their actual clients.

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R&D

Carleton University Researcher Investigates Eyewitness Accounts

Ottawa – You were an eyewitness to a crime. Carleton Professor Joanna Pozzulo is researching whether you would recall the faces of strangers differently than a child in this kind of circumstance.

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Health Care

Biological link between stress, anxiety and depression identified for the first time

London - Scientists at The University of Western Ontario have discovered the biological link between stress, anxiety and depression. By identifying the connecting mechanism in the brain, this high impact research led by Stephen Ferguson of Robarts Research Institute shows exactly how stress and anxiety could lead to depression. The study also reveals a small molecule inhibitor developed by Ferguson, which may provide a new and better way to treat anxiety, depression and other related disorders. The findings are published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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Recognition

Info-Tech Research Group has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada

LONDON - Info-Tech Research Group has been recognized for the third year as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada.

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Environmental

Xerox and The Nature Conservancy Extend Forest Conservation Partnership

$1 million grant from Xerox will help decrease Canadian forest loss, degradation

TORONTO - Xerox Corporation announced that it will invest an additional $1 million over the next four years as it commits to the second phase of its partnership with The Nature Conservancy to promote Canadian forest conservation and sustainable forest management around the globe.

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Natural Resources

Miners Name Quebec Top Mining Jurisdiction for Third Straight Year While Ontario and BC Drop in Rankings

TORONTO - Mining industry executives rate Quebec as the world's most attractive jurisdiction for mineral exploration and development for the third straight year, according to the annual Survey of Mining Companies 2009/2010, released today by the Fraser Institute, one of Canada's leading public policy think-tanks.

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