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Thursday October 18, 2012

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Ted Talks

Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included

What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project.

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Restructuring

GoldCare Announces Strategic Leadership Realignment

Waterloo - GoldCare President and CEO, Grant Roberts, announced some exciting organizational changes designed to further strengthen and expand GoldCare’s presence in the healthcare technology marketplace. On the heels of recent successful sales activity in GoldCare’s expanding market share in Canada and Australia, Roberts describes this strategic move as “further positioning GoldCare for success in our goals of product innovation and outstanding customer service.”

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Education

TVO TAPS INTO THE CHINESE MOBILE MARKET WITH THE HELP OF CLEVRU

TORONTO/WATERLOO - TVO announced a new partnership with ClevrU, a Waterloo-based mobile education company, to bring existing TVOKids content to smartphone users in China. ClevrU operates a web site and provides mobile apps in China which allows smartphone users easy access to a high-quality mobile learning experience.

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Winter Wonderland

Whistler Blackcomb Ranked as No. 1 Ski Area in North America

Whistler Blackcomb Tops SKI Magazine Readers Poll of Top 60 Resorts

WHISTLER, BC - Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. announced today that Whistler Blackcomb has been named the No. 1 overall ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine. The 26th annual readers' poll ranks the top 60 North America ski resorts in SKI Magazine's Resort Guide, hitting newsstands yesterday. The survey of 20,000 SKI readers is the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind in the winter sports industry.

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R&D

Research Income Growth Stalls at Canadian Universities

Canada's Top 50 Research Universities Raise $6.63 Billion in Total Research Income Universities of Toronto, Waterloo and Lethbridge named Research Universities of the Year

TORONTO - According to Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List 2012, released today by Research Infosource Inc. total research income for Canada's leading research universities rose to $6.63 billion in Fiscal 2011, representing a rise of only 2.2% from $6.48 billion in Fiscal 2010, the smallest gain in the past decade. Research income includes all internal and external government and non-government sources. Thirty-four universities posted gains in research income compared with 16 where income declined. The Top 50 list is available here .

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MEDIA

Despite Growth in Digital Media, Canadian News Seekers Still Rely on Traditional Sources for Daily News

4 in 10 (39%) Canadians Highly Engaged 'Newsies' Whereas Majority (60%) Are More Casual, Remote

TORONTO - A new poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of The Canadian Journalism Foundation finds that despite a plethora of new sources for the apparent 24/7 news cycle, a majority of Canadians still prefer to consult the more traditional outlets to get their daily news fill.

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Research

Canadian managers value emotional intelligence in the workplace but need better skills, Ipsos Reid finds

Emotional intelligence can be learned with Managing Emotions, a free online resource

WINNIPEG - Nine in 10 (91 per cent) of Canadian managers and supervisors recognize the importance of improving their emotional intelligence in the workplace and believe it is possible to do so. And yet, across all sectors, managers and supervisors scored as having more challenges than strengths in the skill areas that were measured. These are some of the key findings of a new Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

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AlertNet Weekly Digest

Highlights this week include:

2011 saw fewer disasters than any other year in the last decade, 20 countries still have alarming levels of hunger and Syria mediator tries to revive U.N. ceasefire plan.

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Energy

Bruce Power Achieves Next Milestone in Revitalization Project

OTTAWA - The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) congratulated Bruce Power on the completion of the synchronization of Unit 2 to Ontario's electricity grid. This follows the successful synchronization of Unit 1 in September, 2012.

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Innvoation

Goodyear Emphasizes Importance of Innovation Partnerships

OTTAWA - Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), attended the 31st Annual National Innovation Awards Gala, where he spoke about the importance of industry-driven research and urged the country's business and academic sectors to work together to advance such work.

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Work Place Health

Workplaces still have a way to go for employee mental health

We have a come a long way in dealing with depression in the workplace. Employers are much more likely to acknowledge the business value in providing a mentally healthy workplace and their duty under human rights legislation to accommodate mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety-related disorders. But, says Bill Wilkerson, Founder of the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, employers still have a long way to go.

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Transportation

Grand River CarShare launches its first electric vehicle

KITCHENER – Grand River CarShare, Waterloo Region’s non-profit carsharing co-operative, has launched its first electric vehicle, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The vehicle was purchased in part with a $15,000 grant from the Region of Waterloo’s Community Environmental Fund.

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Assistive Technoiogies

Critical Health Information at Your Fingertips: Low-Cost Technology Turns Smartphones and Mobile Devices into Medical Monitors

Affordable, Accessible, Real-Time Measurement of Blood Oxygen Levels, Blood Pressure and Temperature Through Mobile Devices

VANCOUVER - Lionsgate Technologies Inc. (LGTmedical), a leading provider of mobile health (mHealth) technology, will launch a revolutionary universal interface that transforms smartphones, tablets and laptops into mobile medical diagnostic tools capable of real-time vital signs monitoring.

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Name Change

The New Canadian Museum of History

GATINEAU - As announced on October 16 by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore, the Canadian Museum of Civilization will become the Canadian Museum of History. This new Canadian Museum of History will present the national history of Canada and its people. This transition will take place gradually over the next several years to be ready for Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017.

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Recognition

University of Waterloo named Research University of the Year

WATERLOO – For the fifth year in a row, the University of Waterloo is Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities, says Research Infosource Inc.

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Human Behaviour

Over Three Quarters of People with Depression Report Discrimination

New York - A new study, published in The Lancet, has revealed that over three quarters (79%) of people with depression report having experienced some form of discrimination.

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Environment

Sun Life Financial to make paperless claims the standard for all new clients

First Canadian group benefits insurer to make e-payment the standard setup for claims payment

TORONTO - With a growing demand to make claims payment faster, easier and environmentally sustainable, Sun Life Financial has made an industry-leading move to implement its e-Payment Standard. This method will now be the preferred setup for paying benefit claims through direct deposit for new plan sponsor accounts and at policy renewal for existing sponsors.

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