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Monday April 23, 2012

Ted Talks

Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque

Imagine what we could learn about diseases by studying the history of human disease, from ancient hominids to the present. But how? TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an achaeological geneticist, and she's found a spectacular new tool -- the microbial DNA in fossilized dental plaque.

Innovation Waterloo

Region honours memory of blue box pioneer Nyle Ludolph

Waterloo Region – On Friday April 20, family, friends, and dignitaries gathered to honour Nyle Ludolph, who was instrumental in creating the first blue box recycling program. The Region of Waterloo held a special ceremony to name the materials recycling centre, the Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre and unveiled a memorial photo honouring Nyle.

Digital Age

OpenText Celebrates Major Milestones of Innovation and Growth at Expanded Headquarters

Official Opening of Innovation Centre Marks Company's 20-year Anniversary

WATERLOO - On Friday April 20, 2012 OpenText celebrated 20 years of innovation and growth with the official opening of the company's Innovation Centre at its headquarters location. The company that started as an offshoot of a University of Waterloo search engine project has burgeoned into Canada's largest software company, operating around the world with annual revenues in excess of US $1 billion.

Spring Market

Home Hardware Dealers Building Something Great Together at 2012 Spring Market

St. Jacobs - With spring blooming across Canada, Home Hardware Stores Limited Dealers continue building something great together at Home’s 2012 Spring Market. Taking place from Saturday, April 21 to Tuesday, April 24, this event creates an exciting environment where 10,000 Home Hardware Dealers, Vendors and corporate Staff from across the country come together at the company’s St. Jacobs Distribution Centre to exchange ideas and purchase product for the fall and winter seasons.

Taxes Service

Canada's Taxpayers' Ombudsman Releases Digest of Taxpayer Service Rights

OTTAWA - Canada's Taxpayers' Ombudsman, Mr. J. Paul Dube, today announced his "Digest of Taxpayer Service Rights," a new online resource to help Canadians better understand their rights as taxpayers when dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Environment Workshops

Green Living and Tech Fair

St. Jacobs - Connect with local business owners who specialize in green and healthy living, discover tips for reducing your daily energy use and learn about healthy habits! Buy green products, attend workshops, and drop off old bikes and e-waste! Children’s activities too! Saturday April 28, 11:00am-4:30 pm. Free! Donations Welcome!
St. Jacobs Arena, 29 Parkside Dr.


University of Waterloo continuing to lead research on Ontario parks and protected areas

WATERLOO - Parks are often perceived as pristine. In fact, researchers at the University of Waterloo and other institutions work hard to restore them and keep them sustainable.

Economic Development Attention to Timing

Link Timber Harvesting to Manufacturing

BURNABY, BC - "The B.C. Government should restore the links between timber harvesting and wood-products manufacturing" says the United Steelworkers union. The Steelworkers were responding to a leaked B.C. Cabinet document, which indicates the provincial government is considering measures to increase timber supply in areas impacted by the mountain pine beetle infestation.

Education Merger

Dominican College and Carleton University Announce Affiliation Agreement

Ottawa - Dominican College and Carleton University, both from Ottawa, announced on Friday an affiliation agreement. Non-ecclesiastical programs and academic degrees offered at Dominican will become part of Carleton’s Institutional Quality Assurance Program and be subject to approval by Carleton’s Senate.


Laurier wins six awards at North American advertising competition

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has won six awards at the 27th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. Laurier’s awards were for advertising and marketing materials created for the “100 years inspiring lives of leadership and purpose” campaign, which marked the university’s centennial celebrations in 2011.

Laboratory Update

GRH re-opening additional lab areas; services to resume in phases due to required quality testing

Waterloo Region - Grand River Hospital has re-opened additional areas of its laboratory today, following decontamination after a potential exposure to Coccidioides immitis fungus on Monday, April 2nd. However, required quality control testing will lead to the resumption of services in steps rather than all at once.

Culture & Heritage

Doon Heritage Village Opening Day

WATERLOO REGION – Doon Heritage Village opens for the season May 1, 2012. The village comes to life with knowledgeable interpreters dressed in authentic 1914 clothing and features historic buildings, farm animals and fun activities the whole family will enjoy.

World Economic Forum

Report Finds 124 Countries in Need of New Energy Architecture

Geneva, Switzerland – The energy systems of 124 countries are currently not ready for a transition to a sustainable and secure energy architecture required to harness economic growth, according to the report New Energy Architecture: Enabling an Effective Transition, released by the World Economic Forum.

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