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Monday April 30, 2012

Ted Talks

Brenda Brathwaite: Gaming for understanding

It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies -- so when Brenda Brathwite's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living -- she designed a game.

Academic Feeedom

Laurier and Waterloo respond to CAUT motion

WATERLOO –Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo are firmly committed to protecting academic freedom and are in strong disagreement with the position taken by the Canadian Association of University Teachers to initiate a motion of censure related to the universities’ partnership in The Balsillie School of International Affairs.


Youth video contest call for submissions now open

KITCHENER – Youth aged 12 to 25 are invited to submit original videos, film and animations to the City of Kitchener’s 2012 youth video contest.

Job Change

Elizabeth Witmer Nominated as Chair of WSIB

Queens Park - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has nominated Elizabeth Witmer as Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

International Development

First University of Waterloo international development students share lessons from field placements

WATERLOO - Students from the University of Waterloo’s first-ever graduating class in international development have returned from their eight-month field placements abroad. They will share what they learned at a one-day conference next week.


Professor wins architecture award

Waterloo - Lola Sheppard, a School of Architecture professor, has been selected as the recipient of Architecture Canada's 2012 Young Architect Award. Sheppard, who has been honoured with several awards in the past year including the 2011 Holcim Gold Award, is one of the founding directors of InfraNet Lab, a design research company dedicated to the role infrastructures and networks play in our environment.


The Co-operators honoured as one of Canada's "Green 30" employers

GUELPH - For the third consecutive year several members of The Co-operators group of companies were honoured among Canada's "Green 30" employers. The current edition of Maclean's, released yesterday, includes The Green 30 - a list of Canada's top employers that are highly regarded for their commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability.


Carleton’s Fen Hampson appointed Distinguished Fellow and Director of Global Security research at CIGI

Ottawa/Waterloo - Carleton University is pleased to announce the appointment of Fen Osler Hampson as a Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security research program with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), effective July 1, 2012.

Climate Change

Geophysicists employ novel method to identify sources of global sea level rise

TORONTO – As the Earth’s climate warms, a melting ice sheet produces a distinct and highly non-uniform pattern of sea-level change, with sea level falling close to the melting ice sheet and rising progressively farther away.

Foreign Investoment

Canadian Government Announces Targeted Changes to the Foreign Investment Review Process

OTTAWA - Through the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, the Canadian Government has announced proposed targeted improvements to Canada's foreign investment review process to provide greater information to the public and more flexibility in enforcement.

Research Study

Purple Sea Urchin Metamorphosis Nothing to Sneeze At, Study Shows

During hay fever season, it is easy to forget that symptom-inducing histamine also helps regulate sleep and control memory and stomach acidity. A study co-authored by University of Guelph integrative biology professor Andreas Heyland shows that, for the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus), histamine controls its development from a larva into a spiny adult.


ACM Honours Carleton Alumni For Computing Advances that Benefitted Research, Education and Industry

Carleton Computer Science Alumni Named Award-Winning Technical Leaders As Part Of The Eclipse Open Source Project

Ottawa - Carleton University is proud to announce the inclusion of five distinguished Computer Science alumni as part of the team that won the 2011 ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Software System Award. The recipients of the five prestigious awards were recognized for innovations in computingtechnology that have made significant contributions that enable computer science to solve real-world challenges.

New Chairman/Woman

Home Hardware Stores Limited Elects New Chairman

St Jacobs – Christine Hand of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Home Hardware Stores Limited, Canada's largest independent hardware, lumber and building materials and furniture retailer. She replaces Jim Schaefer, Sr. of Bradford, Ontario, who served as Chairman for the last three years.

Get involved

Invitation to Participate: Meet Up - Dress Up - Whoop Up on the Trail - Sunday, May 27, 1-5 pm

Waterloo Region - This is a call for participation from the regional creative sector in a grass roots effort to “animate the trail” on May 27. The Iron Horse and Laurel trails are a busy “active transportation” corridor that connects Waterloo Park to Victoria Park, Downtown to Uptown, and all sorts of businesses, amenities, and historic neighbourhoods along the way.

Consumer Protection

Canadian Government Takes Action to Protect Consumers

OTTAWA - On Sunday, Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced additional action to protect consumers through sustainable funding for the National Do Not Call List.

Newspaper Awards

The Globe and Mail wins Eight National Newspaper Awards

Stephanie Nolen, Grant Robertson and Mark MacKinnon pick up two awards each

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail has been lauded with eight 2011 National Newspaper Awards, earning more awards than any other newspaper. The Globe's wins came in the categories of business, arts and entertainment, sports, international reporting, breaking news, explanatory work and politics.

Get involved

City hall art exhibits honour past and future

KITCHENER – The galleries in Kitchener City Hall are celebrating the past and imagining the future to observe Kitchener’s 100th anniversary of cityhood.


University of Waterloo alumnus dedicates atrium of new building to high school math teacher

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo dedicated the atrium of the new Mathematics 3 building today, but not in the name of the generous donor who helped make it possible. He wanted his favourite teacher to have that honour instead.

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