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Wednesday May 12, 2010

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Nathan Myhrvold: Could this laser zap malaria?

Nathan Myhrvold and team's latest inventions -- as brilliant as they are bold -- remind us that the world needs wild creativity to tackle big problems like malaria. And just as that idea sinks in, he rolls out a live demo of a new, mosquito-zapping gizmo you have to see to believe.

Health Care

Updated tool for cancer patients identifies symptoms earlier; helps clinicians provide customized care

An updated symptom management tool at Grand River Hospital’s Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (GRRCC) is helping to improve patients’ quality of life and in some cases, provide faster referrals to specialized services.

Kitchener - GRRCC is celebrating the successful launch of a symptom management tool called the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS).  Using touch-screen computer kiosks in the GRRCC, the ESAS asks questions on nine cancer symptoms that patients experience. Patients rate (on a scale of zero to 10) the severity of pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, anxiety, drowsiness, appetite, well-being and shortness of breath.

Healthy Living

Research Profile - Rinse, spit and stay healthy

A painless procedure that can be done in a dentist's office may predict a chronic condition linked to cardiovascular problems and cancer risk

Toronto - It is the most common medical condition in the world, yet most people are blithely unaware of its presence and the damage it can do.

Credit Society

Recession fails to dampen Canadians' enthusiasm for debt

Rapid rise in mortgage rates could require major belt-tightening, warns CGA-Canada report

VANCOUVER - The Great Recession has done little to dampen Canadians' enthusiasm for taking on debt, says a new survey-based report by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada). Nearly 60% of respondents whose debt had increased - and 92% whose debt decreased or stayed the same - still felt they could either manage it well or take on more debt.

Office Space

Uneventful start to 2010 pushes Greater Toronto Area office vacancy rate into double-digit territory

First Quarter 2010 Greater Toronto Area Office Market Report

TORONTO - Both vacancy and availability rates across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) office market continued to climb during the first quarter of 2010. The increase can be attributed to a combination of delayed corporate decision-making over the past 12 to 18 months due to the recession, and decade-high construction levels, which have resulted in higher direct and sublet availability and downward pressure on rental rates across the GTA.


Nobel laureate Richard Schrock to give Carty Lecture at Waterloo

WATERLOO - Nobel laureate Richard Schrock will give an open academic talk on the latest breakthroughs in chemistry as part of the Arthur J. Carty Lectureship on Tuesday, May 18.


Sustainability Office to assess sustainability of Laurier campuses

Waterloo - To help advance Laurier’s efforts to become a recognized leader in environmental sustainability, the university’s Sustainability Office is conducting a sustainability assessment of the Waterloo, Kitchener and Brantford campuses.

Global Issues

CIGI launches G20 web page and mobile video app

Waterloo – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) launched its G20-focussed web page yesterday, as public attention begins to centre on the critical issues to be discussed by world leaders at this year’s G8 and G20 Summits hosted by Canada.

Future Planning

RBC and the University of Waterloo announce creation of Retirement Research Centre

Innovative centre will provide Canadian boomers with access to retirement research and resources

TORONTO - The first wave of boomers turns 65 in 2011 and with this, a significant portion of the population will need advice, resources and information to help plan, transition and thrive in retirement. To support these needs, RBC today announced a research partnership with the University of Waterloo, one of Canada's leading post-secondary educational institutions, which includes the creation of the RBC Your Future By Design Retirement Research Centre at the University of Waterloo.

Global Economy

Europe at a crossroads – Tough choices ahead

The recent sovereign debt crisis and the rescue package exposed the fault lines in the Eurozone and blew holes in the complacent view that Europe is okay. The only way forward is reform, which will involve tough, unpopular choices

Brussels, Belgium – The World Economic Forum on Europe closed yesterday in Brussels. Over 400 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society from over 40 countries participated. The meeting, held from 10 to 11 May, was under the theme Renewed Leadership, New Vision.


US Patent Office affirms i4i patent - rejects Microsoft challenge

TORONTO - i4i is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has confirmed the patentability of all claims of the U.S. Patent 5,787,449 ('449) that had been put into a reexamination proceeding by Microsoft.

Human Resources

Most CIOs Surveyed Say Understaffing Prevents Implementing New Technology

TORONTO – Do your company’s computers still use floppy disk drives or take 20 minutes to boot up? A new survey shows you might not be alone. Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed said understaffing in their company’s IT department interferes at least somewhat with their ability to implement innovative or emerging technologies.


WestJet and Cathay Pacific launch interline agreement

Accord allows Cathay guests to link to cities in WestJet's Canadian network

CALGARY - WestJet and Cathay Pacific today launched an inbound interline agreement to connect Cathay Pacific guests into WestJet's Canadian network.

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