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Tuesday March 19, 2013
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Ted Talks

Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B

In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the Internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure.

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Collaboration

Next generation of bio-based binders to be developed with Waterloo partnership

WATERLOO – The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo and a biomaterials company started by two Waterloo chemistry graduates are teaming together to make the next generation of biolatex binders for applications in paper coating, paperboard and personal care products.

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Economy

Canada's economic growth curbed by cautious business spending and increased U.S. fiscal restraint

Real GDP to increase 1.8 per cent in 2013; Exports to strengthen and support economy; Bank of Canada to maintain 1 per cent policy rate until mid-2014

TORONTO - Cautious business spending and increased U.S. fiscal restraint will weigh on Canadian growth, according to the latest Economic and Financial Market Outlook issued today by RBC Economics. RBC trimmed its real GDP growth forecast to 1.8 per cent through 2013, following softer-than-expected growth in 2012.

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Nobel Prize

Queen Elizabeth Prize for the inventors of the Internet “Nobel Prize for Engineering Sciences”

Potsdam, Germany - Outstanding achievements of global significance in engineering science was, for the first time, awarded on the 18 of March 2013. With prize money of one million pounds the Royal Academy of Engineering this year honors the inventers of the Internet for their revolutionizing accomplishment.With this, the Queen Elizabeth Prize is the most highly endowed award in the field of engineering science worldwide.

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Commercial Fishing

Wilful Blindness from Fisheries and Oceans Canada

MATANE, QC - Fisheries and Oceans Canada has put back on the table the idea of reintroducing groundfish trawling, counter to what minister Shea said in 2009. A new presentation from an officer of the Department was made to participants in the Groundfish Advisory Committee in Moncton on March 12 and 13 2012.

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R&D

Cancer scientists discover mechanism of resistance to vital leukaemia treatment, opening door to new therapies

London, UK - The journal Cancer Cell has published research that revealed the mechanism by which leukaemia cells develop resistance to the ATRA (All-Trans-Retinoic Acid) treatment, used to treat an aggressive form of cancer called acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL: a fast-growing cancer in which there are too many immature blood-forming cells in the blood and bone marrow). The research is by Professor Eric So, Department of Haematological Medicine at King’s College London, UK, and colleagues, and was funded by the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

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Health Care

Study finds that maternal vitamin D levels in pregnancy do not affect children’s bone health

New York - A study of nearly 4000 pairs of mothers and their children in the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol has shown that maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy are not associated with the child’s bone health in later life. The research, published Online First in The Lancet, is the largest ever observational study of the effects of mothers’ vitamin D levels in pregnancy on their children’s bone health, and suggests that UK health guidelines may be overstating the importance of vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy.

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Economy

Canada's economic growth curbed by cautious business spending and increased U.S. fiscal restraint

Real GDP to increase 1.8 per cent in 2013; Exports to strengthen and support economy; Bank of Canada to maintain 1 per cent policy rate until mid-2014

TORONTO - Cautious business spending and increased U.S. fiscal restraint will weigh on Canadian growth, according to the latest Economic and Financial Market Outlook issued today by RBC Economics. RBC trimmed its real GDP growth forecast to 1.8 per cent through 2013, following softer-than-expected growth in 2012.

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Economy

Ontario's economy poised for moderate growth

TORONTO - Ontario's economic momentum is expected to be restored this year as the fiscal uncertainty surrounding its top trading partner - the United States - continues to lift. RBC anticipates provincial real GDP growth of 1.6 per cent in 2013, slightly below the national average of 1.8 per cent.


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Arts & Culture

Organ Superstar Cameron Carpenter Joins The KWS

Kitchener - Organ phenomenon Cameron Carpenter joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for a unique concert on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the program includes Aaron Copland’s Music for the Theatre and Carpenter’s The Scandal. The concert will also be performed at Toronto’s Koerner Hall on Sunday, April 7.

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Pension Pyramid

The Great Pension Divide

TORONTO - Public sector pensions are no longer sustainable for taxpayers. At Fair Pensions for All we have been concerned about the fairness and long term solvency of the current defined pension system for public sector employees.

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Call for Nominations

Nominate a deserving youth

Kitchener – Time is running out for anyone who wants to nominate a youth or group of youth for the city’s annual Kitchener Youth Action Council (KYAC) awards. The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013.

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Tax Season

Caring for Dependants?

Information on the New Family Caregiver Amount

OTTAWA - The new family caregiver credit (FCA) helps Canadians with the costs of caring for a dependant with a mental or physical impairment.

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Arts & Culture

Laurier Edna Staebler writer-in-residence call for applicants

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Arts is seeking submissions from Canadian writers for the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence position. The writer-in-residence will receive $25,000 for a three-month residency from January 13 to April 11, 2014 on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

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Arts & Culture

Colm Feore bowl up for auction for Empty Bowls charity

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery will host its third Empty Bowls charity event, featuring a silent auction for a celebrity bowl created by American-Canadian actor Colm Feore. The event takes place on Laurier’s Waterloo campus Thursday, May 16.

Empty Bowls is a long-running annual fundraiser for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region organized by the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Laurier’s involvement began in 2011 when it hosted a special parallel event to celebrate the university’s 100th anniversary.

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Climate Change

Region of Waterloo acts on greenhouse gas through ClimateActionWR initiative, with GMF support

Region of Waterloo – Peter Braid, MP for Kitchener-Waterloo, and Karen Leibovici, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with the councillor for the City of Edmonton, Alberta, announced Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) grant contributions for the Region of Waterloo. The region is putting the $143,495 in funding toward developing a community-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) action plan and reduction target through the ClimateActionWR initiative.

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Energy - Natural Gas

Precautionary Principle Should Guide New Fracking Regulations, says NFU

Rimby, AB – “There are serious gaps in the regulation of fracking in every jurisdiction, and Alberta is no exception,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union Region 7 (Alberta) Board Member. “That is why we have recommended that the Energy Resources Conservation Board adopt the Precautionary Principle as its ultimate guiding principle.”

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Health Care

Secure Pesticides and Chemicals during Poison Prevention Week

A US Report and Service Anouncement said that more than 145,000 reports are made each year to poison centers involving pesticides and disinfectants.

WASHINGTON, US — During National Poison Prevention Week- US, March 17-23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges parents and caregivers to secure pesticides and other household chemicals in locked cabinets out of children's reach.

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Manufacturing

2013 Manufacturing Summit to Feature Keynote Speakers Ray Tanguay and Peter Hall

Kitchener – The Waterloo Region Manufacturing Innovation Network’s (MIN) is pleased to announce that the 2013 Manufacturing Summit will be held on Wednesday, May 1st and is featuring two highly anticipated keynotes speakers. This half-day conference will attract over 500 manufacturing leaders and supply chain partners and is aimed at exploring the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Ontario’s manufacturing sector.

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